Presented by Sydney Opera House
A rock opera on queerness
Featuring 54 new original songs inspired by queer idols throughout world history. A world-premiere hybrid work from renowned artist Taylor Mac and Matt Ray, and performed by a global ensemble of queer artists. Join the celebration of queer history on the Concert Hall stage for this epic performance.
Taylor Mac, the MacArthur Fellow, Ibsen Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist visits with the World Premiere of Bark of Millions, an epic four-hour “parade trance extravaganza.” Bark of Millions is a rock opera meditation on queerness featuring 54 original songs (one song per year since the historic Stonewall uprising in 1969) inspired by queer antecedents throughout world history and performed by an international ensemble of queer artists and a stellar nine-piece band. Mac, his cast, and longtime collaborators Matt Ray (music) and Machine Dazzle (costumes) use music, dance, and drag spectacle to subvert and deconstruct conventional narratives, and joyfully, transgressively celebrate queerness in all its forms.
“Taylor Mac uses his many talents to get us to listen, think and feel. The effect is heartening, vital and liberating” (The London Times).
Taylor Mac is a highly acclaimed American performance artist, playwright, actor, and singer-songwriter. Taylor's work is known for pushing the boundaries of performance art and exploring themes of gender, identity, and history. The explosive, spectacular and heartbreaking performance of 24-Decade History of Popular Music featured in the Melbourne festival in 2017 received rave reviews. This legendary production is now the subject of an original HBO feature documentary film streaming in Australia on Foxtel.
An Australian exclusive, world premiere event, Bark of Millions is a must-see transformative theatrical experience celebrating the power of individuality and human connection.
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