My Barbarian, ‘Object Opera’, 2012, CalArts Benefit
My Barbarian, ‘Object Opera’, 2012, CalArts Benefit
My Barbarian, ‘Object Opera’, 2012, CalArts Benefit

The campy theater troupe known as My Barbarian explores issues of economic inequity and global politics. The collective created Object Opera (2012), a video production that includes performances of two Baroque operas, two Maoist model dramas, and one Brechtian Lehrstück, under the auspices of their outfit, the Broke People’s Baroque People’s Theater.

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About My Barbarian

My Barbarian is a performance collective featuring Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade, though they prefer to be called a theater troupe. As Gaines says, “Theater is social change. The form is always collective sometimes communal, occasionally communistic, and done over time.” The performers often wear masks, use puppetry, or perform original music. Many of My Barbarian’s performances and films engage complex contemporary social issues or global politics with humor and irreverence; their narratives about broader themes of wealth, poverty, social taboos, and injustice are made tangible through contemporary subjects such as misfortune, medical insurance, unemployment, and same-sex marriage. The audience is encouraged to participate in singing and dancing during live performances. “The result is sort of like court entertainment,” Segade muses, “only we don’t have a king.”

American, based in Los Angeles, California

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