15 Nov 2013 | Carolyn Moncel - Marketing Geneva

STOMP Comes to Le Théâtre du Léman Geneva: 19-24 November 2013

As the popular theatrical show “STOMP” continues into its 22nd season of performances, it returns to Switzerland and runs from 19-24 November, 2013 at Theatre Léman at Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva.


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Consisting of a group of actors, dancers and percussionists, STOMP, which originated in the United Kingdom, uses the body as well as ordinary objects -- everything from broomsticks and trash cans to cigarette lighters, pots and pans in order to create physical theatre performances. For the members of STOMP "everything” is literal; they have been known to incorporate a kitchen sink or two into a performance.

As human beings, the need to create artistic expression out of almost anything is elemental, natural and inventive – even using a cheese grater is not too farfetched.  But, what if we needed to use some of the world’s most expensive items in order to create this cacophonous symphony?  Fully aware of the expense involved, would all that banging and clanging still produce plain ole infantile fun? 

We wanted to let you be the judge so we visited The World’s Most Expensive Journal in order to imagine just what some of those items would be.  Coincidently, many of the items happen to be useful in the kitchen and in the normal world, easily double as musical instruments – that is, with a little practice.

5 Items that Shouldn't be "Stomped"

1. A Golden Trash Can

Valued between $10,000 to $15,000 USD, Swiss pop artist Sylvie Fleury created the world’s most expensive garbage pail.  Made of stainless steel and gold leaf, only 25 pieces exist in this limited edition; each trash can in the collection is stamped with “SF 2003” along with its individual number on the bottom.  Trash can Number 25 went on sale at Phillips de Pury & Company’s Contemporary Art in New York in 2009.

2. An 18-carat gold Sauce Pan

Convinced that someone in the world needed it, German cookware brand Fissler created the world’s most expensive sauce pan in 2011.  The pan, with handles and lids decorated in 18-carat gold and 270 diamonds, was priced at a whopping $209,000 USD.  Sadly, the pan is only suitable for serving instead of cooking food.

3. Designer Chopsticks

Just when you thought the chopsticks that accompany your Chinese takeout were sufficient, behold, the world’s most expensive pair of chopsticks belong to French luxury giant, Louis Vuitton!  Elegantly carved in rosewood, this hand polished set is priced around $450 USD.

4. Diamond-encrusted Champagne Glasses

It’s probably not surprising to find wine glasses on this list.  After all, fine champagne deserves to be served in fine glasses, right?  Australian designer John Calleija agreed and to prove it, he created the world’s most expensive pair of champagne glasses made out of 1,700 diamonds.  Calleija's crystal champagne glasses are decorated with 15 carats of white diamonds and six carats of the argyle pink diamonds.  Nearly six inches tall and weighing over a half pound each, these spectacular goblets are worth $400,000 USD.  It probably isn’t what Dom Pérignon had in mind, but a sparkling creation nonetheless.

5. A 24-carat gold plated Sink

Okay, so it’s not used in the kitchen, but it’s still a sink all the same.  The 24-carat gold plated “Blido” from Stockholm-based Luxury Edition & Gallery (LE&G) claims the title of world’s most expensive, with an $80,000 USD price tag.  Now, if they could only make a one for the kitchen and hey, they probably do.

Why See Stomp?

All mischief aside, STOMP, a must-see event, has reinvented the use of percussion; creating a unique blend of rhythms, spectacular dance moves and entertainment.   Check out a performance near you.  And, remember:  please don't try this home -- at least not with your most precious valuables.

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Around Geneva


Closing the 2012 Olympics in London, STOMP is a mix of rhythms, spectacular dance and humor, sharing with the audience the pleasure of traditional rhythmic experimentation.

Show Dates and Times

Tuesday, 19 November, 2013 at 20:30
Wednesday, 20 November, 2013 at 20:30
Thursday, 21 November, 2013 at 20:30
Friday, 22 November, 2013 at 20:30
Saturday, 23 November, 2013 at 15:30
Saturday, 23 November, 2013 at 20:30
Sunday, 24 November, 2013 at 15:30

*Doors open one hour prior to performances

Théâtre du Léman - Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva
Quai du Mont-Blanc, 19, Geneva, Switzerland
Price: (59-89 CHF)
Order tickets  or contact the hotel concierge for assistance.

For more cultural ideas around Geneva visit the Events section at Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva to learn more.

Which prized kitchen possession would you prefer not get “stomped”?
15 Nov 2013

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