Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 4:30pm 

A FREE event (no ticket necessary) for the entire community, BANDALOOP brings their vertical performance to the University of Denver campus. Gliding, dancing, falling with style – the members of BANDALOOP seamlessly weave dynamic physicality with intricate choreography and climbing technology to turn the dance floor on its side. Literally, the outer walls of the Ritchie School of Engineering and Science and the Sie Complex, all within walking distance of the Newman Center! The kick-off to our 20th anniversary season will truly be an “off the wall” experience not to be missed.

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The performance is part of an afternoon of fun and delight that includes performances by Denver based groups Playground Ensemble, Presenting Denver, Control Group Productions and students from DU’s Lamont School of Music. Food trucks and concessions will be available throughout the experience which will start at 3:30pm. In addition, an interactive loom demonstration by Fancy Tiger Crafts will take place. Plus Artist Proof Collective will offer onsite screen printing of event t-shirts ($20) or feel free to bring your own upcycled t-shirt or textile (lighter colors, clean) to be printed at no charge with our custom Newman Center/BANDALOOP artwork. There will also be a table community with representatives from such community partners as the Denver Public Library, Museum of Contemporary Art and others. Free parking (first come first serve) will be available in the Newman Center parking garage which is off of University and Wesley Ave. Patrons are encouraged to bring portable chairs or lawn blankets to enjoy the peformances.

BANDALOOP re-imagines dance, activates public spaces, and inspires wonder and imagination in audiences around the world. They will be performing LOOM:FIELD, directed by Melecio Estrella. LOOM:FIELD is part of a trilogy of large-scale, outdoor public vertical dance pieces that deepens and challenges our perspectives on the art and industry of textiles. Bringing together a collective of performing artists, climate scientists, regenerative textile artists, a visual technologist and creative riggers, the piece turns a building’s facade into a giant loom, where stories and dances interlace. Read more about LOOM:FIELD here.

LOOM Lyrics can be found here.

Day of Performance FAQ:

Q: How long of a walk is it from the Newman Center parking garage to the start of the performance at the Sie Complex?

A: The walk is approximately .25 miles or 5 minutes. There is accessible parking located adjacent to the Sie Complex.

Q: How much walking will be required during the performance?

A: There will be approximately .15 miles of flat, paved surface walking.

Q: Where do I park?

A: There is free parking at the Newman Center parking garage. The entrance is off University Boulevard on Wesley Avenue. There is also accessible parking located in lots H1/H2. Signs from the Newman Center parking garage will direct you.

Q: Is there seating available?

A: There is very limted, first come, first served seating at each site. We recommend you bring a blanket or camping chair if you require a seat during the performance.

Q: How long is the performance?

A: The entire experience is expected to be approximately 80 minutes depending on how long it takes the audience to move from one site to another.

Q: Where does the performance start?

A: The performance starts at the Sie Complex located at 2201 S. Gaylord St. Signs and volunteers will point you to the location after parking.

Q: Where does the performance end?

A: The performance ends at the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Sciences which is directly across the street (west) from the Newman Center.

Q: Where are the food trucks and concessions located?

A: The food trucks will be parked along York St. between the Newman Center and Dan’s Garden, which is adjacent to the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science. Concessions will also be on the Newman Center’s west patio, just across the street (east) from Dan’s Garden.

Q: Where are restrooms located?

A: Restrooms will be located in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Sie Complex.

Q: What is free and what is paid?

A: The performances are free, the loom demonstration is free, and screen printing (if you bring your own shirt or textile) is free. Food, beverages, and t-shirts will be available for purchase.

Q: What time are food, beverages and other activities available?

A: Food, beverages, the loom demonstration and screen printing will all be available from 3:30-7:00 PM.

Q: Will there be any other activities onsite?

A: Yes! Please visit onsite tables to learn about our partner organizations at DU and in the community.

Q: Are there any accessibility considerations?

A: The performance is wheelchair accessible. Audio description is available for blind and low vision patrons. Please check in at the table near the first performance location to check out a headset. Song lyrics will be available to read via QR code onsite.

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This program is made possible in part by:

The Denver PostNational Endowment for the Arts