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Art of Playing Brooms and Bananas
March 5, 2008   
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Stomp, a theatrical spectacle combining original music, dance and performances, has caught the world by storm and will come to Poland for a second time in mid-March at Warsaw's Kongresowa Hall. The group of British artists play on brooms, barrels, lighters and rubbish bins, creating a unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy.

Stomp proves that you do not have to buy a cello or a piano in order to create music. They use unconventional instruments to fill the stage with fascinating sounds. From striking metal lids with hammers through to people stomping with their feet on a steel platform, each object becomes part of a dynamic concert. Stomp uses a huge amount of "instruments" in one week of giving performances, including 30 household brooms, 12 pairs of drumsticks, 200 liters of water, 8 bananas and 12 boxes of matches.

Stomp launched at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland in 1991. It has given concerts throughout the world over the past 16 years and has performed nearly 20,000 shows in 37 countries on five continents. They have received an impressive number of awards, including an Olivier Award for Best Choreography and the New York Obie (Off-Broadway Theater) Award.

The group has had many highlights in its career. Brooms, a 15-minute film about the group, was nominated for an Oscar. Stomp Out Loud, directed by the founders of the group, became an international hit. The film received four Emmy nominations and won in the "Exceptional Multimedia Mix" category. In 2000 the group played on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington at the request of then President Bill Clinton. In 2002 the group produced a three-dimensional IMAX movie called Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey. The film won two major awards at La Geode film festival in Paris.

M.R.

STOMP, Warsaw, Kongresowa Hall, Palace of Culture and Science, 1 Defilad Sq.
March 12, 7 p.m., March 13, 8:30 p.m., March 14, 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., March 15, 7 p.m.
Tickets: zl.50, 90, 130, 160 and 190, www.eventim.pl
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