Stage Presence Performance Series

Multiple Dates
My Barbarian: Broke People's Baroque Peoples' Theater

Part of Stage Presence Performance Series

My Barbarian: Broke People's Baroque Peoples' Theater

Date + Time

Thursday, August 16, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19, 2012, 3:00 p.m.


Fourth-floor performance gallery


View excerpts from the performance in our video archive.

My Barbarian animates theatrical styles from Baroque spectacle to camp drag to riff on the absurdities of the American financial crisis. In a performance of wastefulness, trashiness, and class warfare, the characters confront their internal conflicts over patronage, money, artistic quality, and other myths.

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Broke People's Baroque Peoples' Theater
A play with music and masks
Approximate running time: 50 min.

Saturday, August 18, 2012
Classical Music Dance Party
Featuring audience participation based on baroque festivals, games, and dances

Sunday, August 19, 2012
Films of Broke People's Baroque Peoples' Theater
Including Shakuntala Du Bois, Object Opera, The Oracles, and Brole Baroque Suite.
Approximate running time: 60 min., on loop


Malik Gaines, artist
Jade Gordon, artist
Alexandro Segade, artist

Admission + Ticketing

Space is limited; advance tickets required. $18 general; $13 seniors; $11 students; free for SFMOMA members. Ticket includes same-day museum admission.

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Image: My Barbarian, Death Panel Discussion, Participant Inc, NY, 2009; courtesy Steve Turner Contemporary