Some of the world’s most influential contemporary theater and performance ensembles are featured alongside innovative U.S. and Los Angeles-based artists during Radar L.A., an International Festival of Contemporary Theater. Curated by Mark Murphy, Radar L.A. is presented by REDCAT and CalArts in association with Center Theatre Group, and a consortium of local and national partners, including the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
Visiting artists and ensembles from Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, New Zealand and Japan are highlighted in the festival’s ambitious international program, and the local programming includes new and commissioned works by such adventurous Los Angeles-based artists as choreographer David Roussève, theater ensemble Los Angeles Poverty Department (working in collaboration with Dutch ensemble Wunderbaum), and writer and performer Luis Alfaro. The program is structured so that audiences can immerse themselves in the festival and see multiple events in a day, with most downtown venues within easy walking distance, and low admissions starting at $15 with a multi-event pass. Single tickets for most events are $25.
This year's line-up features the staging of Prometheus Bound in a special presentation by the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa; Roger Guenveur Smith's show about Rodney King at the Kirk Douglas Theatre; New Zealand-based director and choreographer Lemi Ponifasio and his company, MAU, present the avant-premiere of Stones in Her Mouth, developed collaboratively with an ensemble of ten Maori women, whose ancient and contemporary chanting, choral work and ritualized movement form the basis for a blend of theater, dance and stagecraft.; Dogugaeshi, a work developed by theater artist and puppeteer Basil Twist together with Japanese master musician Yumiko Tanaka; Hospital, a new collaboration by the Los Angeles Poverty Department, a Skid Row performance group, and the Netherlands-based collective Wunderbaum.
Other highlights include Argentine director Lola Arias' work of documentary theater developed in collaboration with an ensemble of Chileans born during Pinochet’s 17-year regime, who reflect on that tumultuous era by revealing and recalling their family histories (September marks the 40th anniversary of the 1973 military coup in Chile). Mexican director Claudio Valdés Kuri and his company, Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes, stage the acclaimed music/theater/opera production El Gallo.