Stompin' with a dustbin

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 October, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 October, 1998, 12:00am

Dustbins, brooms, matchboxes and oil barrels are among the everyday objects used to create the rhythmic extravaganza that is Stomp. Having taken the world by storm, the group is now wowing audiences in Hong Kong with a two-week stint at the Academy of Performing Arts.

A special combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, Stomp was created by two members of a British street band in 1991 after a 10-year collaboration.

One of the performers, Warren Richardson says that despite all the clapping and stamping over the past two years of almost nightly performances, his hands and feet don't hurt. But there have been five smashed knuckles, three damaged kneecaps - one requiring surgery - and one hand punctured by a match stick.

And to maintain their energy levels for the exhausting performances and the occasional on-stage mishap, the cast consumes ginseng and royal jelly at a rate of 50 vials per week.