Sacrament, a dance theater work by choreographer Natalie Metzger, will be performed at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31 at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica.

Presented by The HARC Foundation, in association with Highways Performance Space, the dance work aims to examine cult mentality, the evolution of God and the human attraction to destruction, event promoters said.

The abstract narrative occurs amidst a futuristic landscape of decay that centers around an enigmatic “deity” that hangs from the ceiling and fills the performance space.

As a choreographer, Metzger says her movement is defined by awkward beauty, flung momentum and strange sensuality. Her obsession with the human body causes her to often use the audience in unconventional ways, encouraging them to feel the proximity of the living flesh of the performers, she says.

Her work fuses together movement, sound, video, text and image in hybrid performance work that creates an intimate environment for audiences to enter.

Sacrament is directed by Metzger with music by Robert Allaire, sets by Grant Gorrell, lighting by Ellie Rabinowitz and costumes by Asta Hostetter.

Performers include Erica Carpenter, Gregory Dorado, Cameron Evans, Lexi Gibbons, Tiara Jackson, Stephanie Zalatel, Lindsey Lollie, Nicole Pfeiffer, Michelle Sagarminaga and Jordon Waters.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.highwaysperformance.org, via telephone reservations at (310) 315-1459 or by calling HARC at (310) 823-2310.

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