October 18, 2013

Sound, movement, music: “Stomp” comes to Gallo

The internationally acclaimed percussion show “Stomp” returns to the Gallo Center for the Arts Saturday and Sunday.

It might seem simple enough to stomp around. I mean, any child can do it.

But the movement in “Stomp” is so much more than the stuff of sullen tantrums. The show uses ordinary objects – brooms, garbage pails, matchboxes – to create extraordinary rhythms and dances.

The internationally acclaimed, percussion-heavy show returns to the Gallo Center for the Arts on Saturday and Sunday.

At its five-performance stop in Modesto in 2009, the show attracted 4,500 people to see members use their bodies and everyday objects to create a theatrical performance. All that banging and clanging was born out of street performances in London in 1991. Since then, “Stomp” has become a theatrical sensation, having been performed before millions in more than 50 countries.

The touring show coming to Modesto will feature San Jose native and former Manteca resident Andre Meggerson.

Meggerson, who spent two years at Manteca’s East Union High School, has been with “Stomp” for three years. The 31-year-old also has family in the Modesto area. Before joining the show, Meggerson was a top-25 finalist on the first season of the Fox hit competition “So You Think You Can Dance.” He also has performed with various dance groups throughout the Bay Area.

He said the show brings something different to the audience each night.

“When I’m not in it, I love watching it. It’s always spontaneous, and you never know what’s going to happen,” he said. “We put ourselves into our personalities. How someone is feeling one day to the next comes out.”

Meggerson started dancing at a young age. Until he came to Manteca, he was largely self-taught. He taught hip-hop at a dance studio during high school and received more formal training in ballet and jazz while there.

The dancing in “Stomp,” he said, is more than just “making a lot of noise.”

“There’s a lot of melody and comedy,” Meggerson said. “The whole show is a story in itself. There’s more to it than what people think. People think in ‘Stomp,’ we just bang on trash cans. We do bang on trash cans, but there’s a journey. There’s a story.”

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