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.

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NEW! Online Exhibit
Leonid Yacobson Digital Archive

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

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4.16.15 Third Thursday in Yerba Buena
Exhibition Opening
Latifa Medjdoub: Sublimated Masks

Sublimated Masks reveals the universe of Jean Genet's landmark play The Balcony through the stage costumes and fiber sculptures of locally based French artist Latifa Medjdoub.

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