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‘Stomp’ blends percussion, movement, comedy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Ivan Salazar knew his role in “Stomp” would be physical.

It’s part of the reason he wanted to be part of the ensemble.

Each show is filled with a combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, all by using items such as trash cans and push brooms.

The show was created in Brighton, England, in 1991. It is the result of a 10-year collaboration between its creators, Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas.

In 1991, Cresswell and McNicholas previewed the show at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre and presented the premiere at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. From 1991 to 1994, the original cast played to capacity audiences around the world, from Hong Kong to Barcelona, from Dublin to Sydney.

The touring culminated in a sellout season at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

In the summer of ’95, two more American productions were created for the sole purpose of U.S. touring, which continues to this day. U.S. casts have also performed “Stomp” in Chile, Brazil and Korea.

Since then, “Stomp” has been performed in more than 350 cities and 36 countries.

Salazar has been on tour for the past seven months.

Being a newer cast member, he’s been learning the ropes.

“It’s always really fun to have a new group of people to perform with,” he says. “What’s great about this show is that if you watched two shows back to back, each would be different. We’re allowed to do solos, and we’re allowed to dress how we want within the culture of the show. We’re allowed to make personality choices. We feed off of each other.”

Salazar is from Tecate, Mexico, and he’s always had a passion for movement and music.

He joined Chris Rubio’s percussion movement group and has performed throughout Southern California, from street corners to stadiums.

“I didn’t grow up with a theater background,” he says. “I’m mainly just a drummer. It’s really great to capture the audience’s imagination.”

After months of performing, Salazar says he has a favorite number.

“It’s the broom number at the beginning,” he says. “That number is enjoyable to me. We do a lot of stuff with shopping carts and plumbing materials. It’s challenging, and that’s what I enjoy most about it.”

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