Interview with STOMP Performer ARTIS OLDS
STOMP performer Artis Olds discusses the cross cultural importance of dance and percussion and his mission to empower youth through the stepping art form. STOMP, the international percussion sensation, returns to Chicago for the holidays by popular demand to play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) for a limited engagement December 5 – 30, 2018. TICKET INFORMATION Individual tickets for STOMP range in price from $39-$84 with a select number of premium seats. Group tickets for 10 or more are now on sale by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. For more information, visit BroadwayInChicago.com or stomponline.com.
ABOUT ARTIS OLDS:
This Chicago native earned his BA at Central State University, served as the marching band’s Head Drum Major, and honed his stepping skills as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Artis has performed with GRAMMY Award-winning artists Kanye West, John Legend, and The Roots, and as a cast member of Step Afrika!, has performed in over 25 countries. Catch Artis teaching in an interactive virtual stepping exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture (Washington, DC) and building the Bring Your Own BOOM brand in Chicago, IL. Thanks be to God. IG: @ Artis.The.Artist
Broadway In Chicago is pleased to announce that STOMP, the international percussion sensation, returns to Chicago for the holidays by popular demand to play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) for a limited engagement December 5 – 30, 2018. From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries. Individual tickets go on-sale to the public on September 28, 2018.
Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, STOMP continues its phenomenal run with four global productions: the ongoing sell-out production at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, a permanent London company, and North American and European tours. Throughout its life, the show has continued to change by creating new material; this year, it will incorporate two new pieces. It is safe to say you will never again look at supermarket carts or plumbing fixtures the same way… or paint cans, or kitchen sinks or…
STOMP, an overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, numerous awards, and sell-out engagements, is the winner of an Olivier Award for Best Choreography (London’s Tony Award), a New York Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience and a Special Citation from Best Plays.
In addition to the stage shows, STOMP has been an overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, numerous awards, an Academy Award nomination, four Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award for their acclaimed HBO special Stomp Out Loud, noteworthy TV appearances including The London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, The Academy Awards (produced by Quincy Jones), Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and a series of award-winning international commercials.
The performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” says co-founder/director Luke Cresswell. A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression: both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum.
Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra, eight Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps – to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated.
Critics and audiences have raved: “STOMP is as crisp and exuberant as if it had opened yesterday,” says The New York Times. The San Francisco Chronicle declares “STOMP has a beat that just won’t quit!” The Los Angeles Times exclaims: “Electrifying! Triumphs in the infinite variety of the human experience.” “A phenomenal show! Bashing, crashing, smashing, swishing, banging and kicking – a joyous invention!” says the Chicago Tribune.
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Tuesdays at 7:30PM (no Tuesday performance on Dec. 25) Wednesdays at 2PM and 7:30PM (no matinee performance on Dec. 5 & Dec. 12) Thursdays at 7:30PM (added 2:00PM matinee performance on Dec. 6) Fridays at 7:30PM (added 2:00PM matinee performance on Dec. 28) Saturdays at 2PM and 8PM Sundays at 2:00PM and 6:00PM (no evening performances on Dec. 23 & Dec. 30)
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