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Stomp wows audience at debut show in Doha.


DOHA EXCITING, unusual, phenomenal, amazing, and very creative. Those were just some of the words spectators used to describe the worldrenowned Stomp's stage performance that kicked off on Thursday at Qatar National Convention Centre's (QNCC) theatre.

Stomp is a critically-acclaimed entertainment show that makes music without instruments, and creates humor without words.

By dropping musical instruments in exchange for household items, and favouring body language over verbal expression, the UK-based street show inspired the audience, stole their smiles, and left them struck with awe.

"You don't really find these kind of shows here; the whole concept of making rhythmic music out of everyday objects. It was really amazing", Hamzah, an Indonesian youth who found out about the event on social networks, said about Thursday's show. Charlie, another spectator who had previously seen Stomp perform in New Zealand, seems to agree with Hamzah: "No one else does that. This is music that you can create yourself, and that's the whole purpose of the show". Stomp blends syncopated percussion, acrobat skills, and wordless humor to create a musical performance that transcends cultures and tongues.

The show's utilisation of household objects is probably why Stomp is a household entertainment brand today. If you think, for instance, that balls belong in a basketball court, coughing needs to be preceded by 'excuse me', and garbage-bindipping is for the unfortunate, one Stomp performance can prove you wrong.

The off-beat show turned balldribbling, coughing, and trash-bagpicking into distinctive up-beat rhythmic bursts that have entranced fans world-wide.

From matchboxes to brooms and kitchen sinks, the versatile crew used some very unusual objects to forge a highly-energetic and wildlyentertaining performance for the crowd. Erika, a Manila youngster who enjoyed attending the show with friends was particularly fond of the routine "where they started making sounds and lights with the lighters". Charlie, on the other hand, thought that using "aroundthe- street stuff like shopping carts, is a new innovation".

But it's not just adults who seemed to enjoy the invigorating performance; the show attracted the young and old alike. The sprinkle of humour that Stomp spiced up their routines with, is one of the reasons why children were just as entertained as their parents.

After nearly two hours of nonstop entertainment, the audience rewarded the crew with a standing ovation. Both Hamzah and Erika said they would want to attend the show again, while Charlie said that Stomp has to add new innovations to justify another ticket purchase.

Ever since their debut in 1991, the 22-year-old show's unique mix of performance elements has propelled Stomp to the fore front of the entertainment scene all over the world. Stomp's three-night run at Doha's QNCC was organised by Premium Projects, who said that they have plans to bring such kind of shows regularly to Qatar.

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Publication:Qatar Tribune (Doha, Qatar)
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Date:Jun 9, 2013
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