UNIVERSES: Party People Salon
The award-winning ensemble UNIVERSES is known for breaking the bounds of traditional theatre, fusing poetry, jazz, hip-hop and Southern blues to create powerful performance experiences for diverse audiences. The Party People Salon is a unique, participatory event reflecting the revolutionary spirit of the Black Panthers and Young Lords Movements of the 1960s–1970s.
During the Salon, performance is interspersed with conversations among veteran Panthers and Lords, including former Black Panther Party member Aaron Dixon and Denise Oliver-Velez, who was a member of both the Young Lords and Black Panther Parties. They share their moving, personal stories of everyday women and men who became leaders and activists. The Party People Salon offers a rare opportunity to discover what has become of these inspiring and at times controversial citizens whose movement to make change still reverberates today.