Stomp Creators to Present London Premiere of Lost and Found Orchestra

News   Stomp Creators to Present London Premiere of Lost and Found Orchestra Lost and Found Orchestra — a new show from the creators of Stomp that features a 50-strong orchestra of actors, dancers, musicians, singers and classically trained instrumentalists, all playing found and invented instruments — will make its London premiere at the Royal Festival Hall Dec. 19, 2008-Jan. 11, 2009.

Originally premiered at the 2005 Brighton Festival, who commissioned it from Stomp’s directors Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas to celebrate that festival’s 40th anniversary, it has subsequently been seen at the Sydney Festival in 2006. Celebrating the ingenious concept of creating new instruments from found objects, Lost and Found Orchestra is part of a long tradition that ranges from the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra, who play celeriac bongos and carrot recorders; and The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, who famously played the trouser press; to American composer Harry Partch, who created instruments from scratch (including the "Mazda Marimba," made of lightbulbs). With violins replaced by saws, a timpani section of soup cauldrons and traffic cones becoming trombones, Lost and Found Orchestra expands and amplifies the concept of Stomp, in every sense, to ask the question that if Stomp was just the rhythm section, what on earth would the whole orchestra sound like? In a press statement, Jude Kelly, artistic director of Southbank Centre who is hosting the London run, said, "We are all very excited and delighted that the creators of Stomp are bringing their latest visionary project – Lost and Found Orchestra - to Southbank Centre this Christmas. They are kindred spirits. We celebrate their sense of adventure, admire their boldness and revel in the sheer joy with which they approach every new project."

For tickets contact the box office at 0871 663 2500; for more information visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk.