The live performing arts have the power to touch and transform audiences of all ages and walks of life.

People who are passionate about the performing arts know that a great performance has a life of its own. In the moment it touches us then feeds into our personal and collective memories. The Museum of Performance + Design aims to capture that magic and share it in ways that bring memorable moments into the present-vivid, engaging, surprising.

65 years of collecting have established MP+D as the largest of its kind in the nation

We are located in San Francisco SOMA, steps away from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA and the Contemporary Jewish Museum

4.16.15 Talk @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
Disobedient Dances: A Jewish Choreographer in Soviet Russia

In spite of being a choreographic genius who created a body of revolutionary dances for the Kirov and Bolchoi Ballets, Leonid Yacobson is little known outside Russia. Drawing from her new book Like A Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yacobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia as well as rare archival footage of Yacobson's ballets, Stanford Professor Janice Ross talks about the legendary artist and his work.

Info & Tickets

NEW! Online Exhibit
Leonid Yacobson Digital Archive

Developed by Janice Ross and Ljubisa Matic in partnership with Museum of Performance +Design

Access to exhibit

4.16.2015 Third Thursday in Yerba Buena

Exhibition Reception

Latifa Medjdoub, Sublimated Masks 

Sublimated Masks reveals the universe of Jean Genet's play The Balcony through the elaborate designs of Latifa Medjdoub and the theatrical vision of locally based Collected Works.