Arts Society & Culture

Performing Arts Center to present STOMP at the Classic Center

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Performing Arts Center will present STOMP, the international percussion ensemble, March 5-6 at 8 p.m. at the Classic Center Theatre. The Athens presentation of STOMP is a collaborative project between the Performing Arts Center and the Classic Center.

From its beginnings as a street performance in Brighton, U.K., STOMP has grown into a global phenomenon. Over the past 20 years, STOMP has performed in more than 50 countries in front of more than 24 million people.

The show features an eight-member troupe using everything but conventional percussion instruments-matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and hubcaps-to fill the stage with rhythm. The performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes sound,” said co-founder and director Luke Cresswell.

A combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has been honored with numerous awards including the Olivier Award (London’s Tony Award) for Best Choreography, a New York Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience, an Academy Award nomination, four Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award for the HBO special, “Stomp Out Loud.”

Tickets for STOMP range from $25-$45 and can be purchased at the UGA Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400. Tickets also can be purchased at the Classic Center box office, online at or by calling 706-357-4444.

The Classic Center Theatre is located at 300 N. Thomas St. in downtown Athens.