Review: STOMP At Des Moines Performing Arts

Of all the reviews I’ve written for the Des Moines Performing Arts shows this one for STOMP is probably the most difficult to write.  I want to accurately convey the experience… but I don’t want to give away any of the unexpected surprises.

It’s all the little surprises that make the show great!  It could be anything from a shadow on the wall, a look between the performers, or a sound from an unexpected item.

At its core STOMP is a percussive experience. It’s all about creating extraordinary sounds and rhythms from ordinary items.  Brooms, buckets, trash cans, lighters, tubes, newspapers, grocery carts, kitchen sinks… all have distinct sounds and when put together just right they can sound incredible.

STOMP is more than just sounds, though… it’s also about movement.

Even though there’s not really dancing, per se, this is one of the most highly choreographed shows I’ve ever seen.  The precision and technical skill of the performers is impressive. More than once I found myself asking, “How did they do that?”

One of the coolest things about STOMP is the audience is included and encouraged to take part in the show.  The nearly sold out, opening night crowd my youngest daughter and I were a part of was ready to have a good time and really got into clapping along with the performers…. and the performers really fed off the crowd.  

Many times throughout the single act, 1:45 performance I found myself laughing, smiling, and my toes instinctively and uncontrollably tapping along.  It’s a show I’d love to see again! That’s the strongest recommendation I can give to STOMP.  

As we were leaving my daughter said, “That was awesome! I’m glad we came!”  That’s a pretty good endorsement from a teen that was originally unsure whether she wanted to come.

STOMP is playing at Des Moines Performing Arts January 26, 2018, through January 28, 2018. Click here for tickets and information about this show and other upcoming shows.

***Disclaimer: I was provided press night tickets to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

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