Stomp Live (DVD Review)18 Feb, 2009 By: John Latchem
Well Go USA
$34.98 Blu-ray, $19.98 DVD
Stomp is something of a curiosity to me. The dance troupe specializes in crafting musical numbers using everyday items such as brooms, newspapers, basketballs and their trademark trashcans. The result is a unique brand of performance art that finds the rhythms of life. But it’s a bit like forming a band that’s all percussion.
Still, the routines are clever and the talent level is undeniable, and this Blu-ray puts it all on display with a full concert recorded last year at England’s Brighton Dome theater, where Stomp was born. This special performance brings together for the first time performers from Stomp branches in Las Vegas, New York and the West End.
The performance was filmed in full HD, so it looks good on DVD. But it’s amazing on Blu-ray, and fans will swear it’s almost as good as being there. It captures all the spontaneity of a live performance without the hassle of a crowd or the cost of a Broadway ticket.
Just to whet audience appetites, extras include an interview with the Stomp creators, clips from other performances, a preview of new routines, cast bios, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes featurette that’s basically a time-lapse overview of setting up the stage for the performance.