Stomp returned to Moscow in fine style on Saturday, appearing on the final live show of TV6's "Za Steklom" (Behind the Glass). While the audience and participants waited to hear who would be the winners of this fantastically popular TV reality show, the Stomp crew entertained the crowd with their traditional blend of snapping, clapping and, well, stomping.
The Stomp phenomenon debuted in Brighton, U.K., in 1991, and has taken the world by storm ever since. The unique mixture of 12 performers, garbage cans, brooms and other ordinary objects - which becomes a rhythmic extravaganza - has gained Stomp worldwide renown. The original Stomp troupe has metamorphosed into four separate troupes: one Asian, two American and a European.
Now in Moscow for a remarkable seven shows, the Stomp troupe put on its first performance Tuesday night. The audience expected rhythm at the Theater of Operetta and got it, but the most unexpected part of the show was the comedy and humor that blended in with the rhythm and sounds. The audience laughed and roared, participating in the show by clapping and stomping.
The troube, which prides itself as "one without a message," actually did have a clear one: Music and humor need no language. These performers were not only great performers, they were gifted actors with no script. Without speaking a word in Russian, performing in the Moscow Theater of Operetta, where the walls are decorated with murals of composers like Tchaikovsky, Stomp won the hearts of Russian theater-goers.
What: Musical Performance.
When: Dec. 7, 9 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Where: Theater of Operetta.
Metro: Okhotny Ryad.
Cover: 300-2,000 rubles.