Among the delectables assembled for the Radar L.A. contemporary theater festival are two deeply dance-infused works by David Roussève/Reality and MAU. A winner of New York's Bessie and L.A.'s Horton awards for his richly textured choreography and evocative storytelling, Roussève's latest, Stardust
, employs projected text messages to convey the words of a gay American teenager while dancers articulate the conflicted young man's emotional arc. Making their L.A. debut, choreographer Lemi Ponifasio and his 10-member New Zealand-based dance/theater company MAU travel the world, invited to international festivals by Peter Sellers and other farsighted impresarios. For this festival, Ponifasio unveils Stones in Her Mouth
, which employs an ensemble comprised of Maori women. The dancework blends traditional Maori ceremony with the choreographer's innovative mix of dance and theater to consider the tumultuous tidal influences of tradition and modernity on these indigenous women specifically, and the larger world in general. See the complete festival lineup at redcat.org. David Roussève/Reality at REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., dwntwn.; Tues., Sept. 24, 9 p.m.; Wed. & Fri., Sept. 25 & 27, 7 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 28, 2 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 29, 8:30 p.m. MAU at the Palace Theatre, 630 S. Broadway, dwntwn.; Thurs., Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., Sept. 27-28, 8:30 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 29, 5:30 p.m.; $25, $20 students. (213) 237-2800, redcat.org.
Tue., Sept. 24, 9 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 27, 7 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 27, 7 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 28, 2 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 29, 5:30 p.m., 2013