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Newman Center’s 2022–23 season offers forward-thinking programming

As the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts celebrates 20 years on campus, its 2022­–23 season promises up to two dozen acts, eight more than the previous season.

Aisha Ahmad Post, the center’s executive director, scoured the globe for a mix of renowned and new artists. The new season “highlights all the things we’re known for in terms of inclusive, forward-thinking programming,” she says.

The center is partnering with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the National Geographic Live Series. The three-part series will explore the history of Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma, how bears and humans can coexist peacefully, and rock climbing to break scientific ground.

From bluegrass and opera to “Winnie the Pooh” and “Friends” parodies, the coming season of Newman Center Presents offers something for everyone. One free event, scheduled for Sept. 29, features BANDALOOP, a vertical performance group that will glide, dance and fly with style on the outside walls of the University of Denver. BANDALOOP is known for seamlessly weaving dynamic physicality with intricate choreography and climbing technology to turn the dance floor on its side.

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A.I.M by Kyle Abraham, Jan. 27, 2023

Orquesta Akokán, Oct. 3

Eric Whitacre with Kantorei, Oct. 8 and Oct. 9

Pilobolus, Oct. 14 and 15

Capitol Comedy, Oct. 17

Lila Downs, Oct. 28 

Winnie the Pooh, Nov. 11, 12, 13

Damien Sneed, Dec. 1

The Swingles, Dec. 12

Manual Cinema: Leonardo!, Jan. 18, 2023

Lila Downs, Oct. 28

A.I.M by Kyle Abraham, Jan. 27, 2023

Bush Marshall Meyer Meyer, Jan. 30, 2023

Kenny Barron Trio, Feb. 2, 2023

Friends! The Musical Parody, Feb. 4, 2023

The Philip Glass Ensemble, Feb. 9, 2023

Kodo, Feb. 18 and Feb. 19, 2023

National Geographic Live: Greenwood – A Century of Resilience, March 20, 2023 

Paul Taylor Dance Company, March 27, 2023

Michelle DeYoung, March 30, 2023

Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti and Argus Quartet, April 2, 2023

Mingus Big Band, April 6, 2023

National Geographic Live: The Secret Life of Bears, April 27, 2023

National Geographic Live: Life on the Vertical, May 15, 2023

Cyrille Aimée, May 19, 2023

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