Ernest Hemingway called her "the most sensational woman anybody ever saw." She was the muse of the 1920's Jazz Age. When she arrived in Paris at 19 years of ages from New York she shook things up, becoming a muse for Picasso, Cocteau, Colette and the French intelligencia.

She went on to be the first black superstar: a dancer, singer, movie star, style icon, spy for the French Resistance, and activist. She adopted 12 children from around the world, calling them her "Rainbow Tribe" and went on to become the highest paid performer in Europe. She had numerous affairs with men and women, including painter Frida Kahlo.

Sydney-based New Zealander Sheba Williams travelled to France to research Baker, and has sculpted a show with music, dance, costume and storytelling, capturing an extraordinary woman, whose influence still echoes 100 years later in fashion, music and culture.


"Great performer, great artist" - National Radio

"A strong, charismatic performer, strutting and singing with energy, enthusiasm and exuberance. - Shanghai City Weekend

"You would be hard-pressed to find anyone comparable in the world." - Under The Radar.


Please note: This show contains adult content.


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This show is a part of Summer at Q and the Auckland Pride Festival. Summer at Q provides packaged rates that make our venues more accessible and simpler to budget for. Summer at Q is made possible thanks to support from The University of Auckland and Q Theatre.

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