Universes: Live from the Edge


Photo/Foto: Frances Pollitt

Live from the Edge

Universes presents Live from the Edge, an evening that showcases the ensemble’s special brand of fusion theater in a "best of" event that tracks the evolution of their poetic language from childhood rhymes and community rituals to poetry and theater, hip-hop and gospel. Redefining what theater is and who it speaks to, >Live from the Edge is a unique performance event that turns the poem into a communal act.


Universes is a poetic theater ensemble of multi-disciplined writers and performers who fuse poetry, theater, jazz, hip-hop, politics, down home blues and Latin American boleros to create moving, challenging and entertaining theatrical works. Universes breaks the bounds of traditional theater to create their own brand of performance, inviting older and younger generations to reshape the face of American musical theater as we know it. The company consists of four core members: Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz, Gamal Abdel Chasten, and Ninja.

Background Information
  • Encuentro location (Bogotá): Auditorio León de Greiff, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Date: August 23, 2009
  • Country: United States