Stomp Creators Debut First New Show in 15 YearsDate: 4 May 2006
The creators of West End dance hit Stomp - which has toured all over the world since originating in Brighton in 1991 - are returning to their home town to present a new show next week. Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholasís The Lost and Found Orchestra premieres this weekend at Brighton Concert Hall, where it runs from 6 to 9 May 2006, as part of this monthís Brighton Festival.
The Lost and Found Orchestra features 50 musicians, aerialists and guests in a part concert, part dance and part comedy performance. The teamís first new production in 15 years, it was specially commissioned for the annual event and is co-produced by Brighton Festival.
As in Stomp, household objects are inventively manipulated into musical instruments, but this time there will be an entire orchestra of odds and ends creating the soundscape to the spectacle. Strings are replaced by a bowed saw section, woodwind and brass become bellows, timpani are fashioned from industrial kitchen cauldrons.
Stomp started its West End run in September 2002 at the Vaudeville Theatre, where itís still running and currently booking to 6 October 2006. It transforms the junk and clutter of urban life into a source of rhythm and dance. In 100 minutes, a cast of eight performers use boots, bins, garbage, zippo lighters, plumbers' plungers and everything including the kitchen sink to hammer out a symphony.
The Brighton Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. It runs at venues across Brightton from 6 to 28 May 2006, with other highlights including a Samuel Beckett triple bill and Oxford Stage Companyís touring production of Paradise Lost, starring Jasper Britton.
- by Caroline Ansdell