Lemi Ponifasio/MAU

Lemi Ponifasio/MAU: Stones In Her Mouth

Samoa/New Zealand

“A keen theatrical intelligence at work...a strange,
unearthly beauty.”
—The Guardian

“The arrival of Lemi Ponifasio on the contemporary dance scene has been nothing short of an earthquake.”
—Vogue Italia


Renowned theater artist Lemi Ponifasio and his New Zealand-based company MAU construct sublimely forceful works that resonate with vivid images and the dynamic interplay of darkness and light. The company brings life to the historic Palace Theatre with Stones In Her Mouth, which introduces a ten-member ensemble of Maori women who articulate a powerful and undisguised challenge—voiced through the Maori language, genealogy, spirituality and ceremony. Drawing on the tradition of Maori women as the writers of poetry and chant, this courageous work of transmission gives expression to resiliency and outrage in the face of power structures and oppression. Through oratory, choral-work and dance, the performers address issues of being Maori women in this world and turn a mirror to the massive social and political turmoil of our times.


RUN TIME: 90 minutes

LOCATION: The Palace Theatre
630 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014 | Map


Radar L.A. is supported by a grant from ArtPlace America, a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies accelerating creative placemaking across the U.S., the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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Date/TimeGM/SWith Pass/CA
THU 9/26
7:30 pm
FRI 9/27
8:30 pm
SAT 9/28
8:30 pm
SUN 9/29
5:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff