Lemi Ponifasio MAU

Lemi Ponifasio/MAU: Tempest: Without a Body


“A mysterious, cataclysmic piece.” —Wendy Perron, Dance Magazine

“An impressive choreographic tour de force.” —Le Soir

U.S. premiere
The Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series



307 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013


REDCAT takes over the historic Million Dollar Theater on Broadway for this U.S. premiere by renowned New Zealand director and choreographer Lemi Ponifasio. From its ominous beginning to its shattered conclusion, Tempest: Without a Body is a ferocious and awe-inspiring reflection on personal liberty and our current world. Created by Ponifasio for his company MAU, this visually stunning work entwines formally precise dancing with elements of theater, ritual, and social activism. Emerging from the midst of an hypnotic vision of heaven and hell at the center of this Shakespearean-inflected work is a passionate address on the escalation of state powers and use of unlawful detention. Born in Samoa, Ponifasio is a fearless creative force whose distinctive visionary works have been performed at prestigious festivals and venues throughout the world.


Funded in part with generous support from Creative New Zealand, and the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts. NDP is supported by lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust. 

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SAT 4/2
8:30 pm

$25–30 $20–25 $12–15

SUN 4/3
7:00 pm


G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff