We’ve taken a pause and the theatre is airing out in anticipation for our 2020-2021 season. The unprecedented closure caused by COVID-19 has taken its toll on arts organizations around the world, but we’ve noticed that these associations have continued to bring creativity and color into our homes during this challenging time—brightening the week with live streams, open virtual exhibitions, and free arts resources. We are announcing our upcoming season with the goal of spreading hope, enthusiasm, and anticipation that next year will be an unparalleled celebration of the arts the world over.
We aim to lift up diverse artists, ones that exemplify the expression and power of the performing arts, and provide our audiences with engaging, thought-provoking shows that highlight relevant stories in a truly human fashion. The 2020-2021 season has everything from an onstage dinner party to a Japanese drumming extravaganza.
Family-friendly shows are a great opportunity to make meaningful memories at the theatre with your family. This season Japanese Taiko drumming troupe Kodo offers a powerful performance of their One Earth: Legacy Tour and Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience returns, a parody that condenses all seven Harry Potter books into seventy hilarious minutes—appropriate for all ages.
National Geographic Live
The National Geographic Live series ignites curiosity in the whole family with interactive talks from world-class scientists and explorers. We are also thrilled to be able to reschedule two Nat Geo Live shows, meaning there are now five opportunities to illuminate your family’s knowledge of the natural world and uncover the importance of conservation. Be spoiled for choice with topics from ocean photography to women leaders in Ancient Egypt, extreme cave diving to the discovery of the world’s largest predator, the extinct Spinosaurus.
Dance at Newman Center
Over the years Newman Center has gained a loyal following of dance fanatics and a reputation for providing one the most diverse and talented repertoires in Colorado. In the upcoming season four renowned dance companies grace our stage: Paul Taylor Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB). ASFB returns with its deep commitment to commissioning new works; over the years it has created 35 ballets and built a reputation for bringing fledgling choreographers to national attention. While Dance Theatre of Harlem close the season, this ballet company of multi-ethnic members was founded 50 years ago at the height of the civil-rights movement in America. It has always been a place where dancers of all colors could train, perform and excel using the language of ballet to celebrate African American Culture.
The ever-popular jazz series presents prodigies like Joey Alexander who was discovered at the age of 12 via YouTube. Also, Veronica Swift, daughter of pianist Hod O’Brien and singer Stephanie Nakasian, is one of the most irresistibly gifted jazz vocalists of her generation. Jazz icon Wynton Marsalis will be joined by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in their inaugural Newman Center appearance. Finally, winner of six Grammy Awards, David Sanborn brings his musical mastery transcending genres by blending R&B, contemporary jazz, and funk.
The Best of the Rest of 2020-2021 Season
The season opens with two comedy acts. First, The Capitol Steps brings a blend of sharp political satire set to popular music, then The Daily Show Writers Comedy Tour is curated by the ingenious writers behind the hit talk show. This year brings the Philip Glass Ensemble, founded as a laboratory for Glass’ challenging music, and the program will include the composer’s Music in Eight Parts. Not forgetting our two holiday shows this year, the British a cappella sextet The King’s Singers and Mark O’Connor’s An Appalachian Christmas (with friends) ring in the season.
It’s been a challenge to sum up this diverse and eclectic season and you can access the full list on our press release or via the events listings. We are all looking forward to seeing you back at the Newman Center soon.