Arts and Culture / Magazine Feature

Artists mix variety of expressions in Newman Center performance

Universes, a New York based ensemble of multidisciplinary artists, will visit the Newman Center Oct. 2 to perform their unique theater piece,Slanguage.

In SlanguageUniverses distills various forms of artistic expression — including slam-poetry, storytelling, rap, gospel, blues, jazz and Spanish boleros — to create a unique brand of theater.

Like several other performances in this year’s Newman Center Presents series, Slanguage explores themes arising from the question: “What should I do?”

Stephen Seifert, executive director of the Newman Center, says this question served as the overriding theme this season because the question motivates many artists and makes art more relevant to viewers.

Seifert hopes that DU students will attend Slanguagebecause many of Universes’ messages are directed at young people.

The cast of Universes will give a “Behind the Curtain” lecture and demonstration at 6:30 p.m. before the performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Slanguage is co-presented by the Newman Center and the Denver-based Chicano/Latino Cultural Arts Center El Centro Su Teatro and is supported by DU’sCenter for Multicultural Excellence.

Tickets for the event, on sale now, are $33 for orchestra and parterre, $28 for mezzanine and $23 for balcony; ticket prices include parking.

Tickets can be purchased through Newman CenterRitchie Center and TicketMaster box offices. For more information, call the Newman Center at 303-871-7720.

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