For many people, music provides a passive diversion from mundane everyday tasks. Others, however, have learned to use the tools of such seemingly trite tasks to actually make music. For a demonstration, check out the return of STOMP, coming to the Ordway Center for a one-week exhibition of creative percussion from such unexpected "instruments" as trashcans, recycling bins, hubcaps, brooms, and Zippo lighters. Since STOMP's inception in 1991, the show has achieved international fame for its innovative blend of inventive musicality and deft physicality, picking up widespread acclaim and spawning numerous touring casts along the way. For this latest production, STOMP co-creator Steve McMicholas has sought to defy expectations while still honoring the show's premise "to create rhythmic music with instantly recognizable objects, and do it with an eccentric sense of character and humor." Promising the most extensive changes since the late 1990s, the reworked STOMP employs new acts involving paint cans, tractor-tire inner tubes, and bungee cords. The display is sure to inspire a different view of musical possibilities, but a word of caution: Even the most rhythmic of desk bashing isn't generally appreciated at the average office. Better to leave such makeshift percussion to the pros.
Tuesdays-Fridays, Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 5 & 9 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: March 29. Continues through April 3, 2011