Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica and Descent Performance Laboratory are presenting Global Descent with two performances of Butoh theater Friday and Saturday, April 24th and 25th, at Highways, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica.

The performances feature world-renowned Butoh master Katsura Kan from Kyoto, Japan, dancers from Vangeline Theater of New York, Body Weather Laboratory of Venice and Descent Performance Laboratory of Los Angeles. Shows are scheduled at 8:30 p.m. April 24th and 25th. General admission is $20, while tickets for members, students and seniors are $15.

The event is made possible in part by grants from the Japan Foundation.

Global Descent performers and choreographers come together from a myriad of international backgrounds to share, examine and perform works which are intended to stretch the boundaries of the medium and challenge the status quo. This year is Butohís 50th anniversary as a dance form, and event organizers say they are dedicating this event to the innovators and dance pioneers that have nourished Butoh into a global movement that transcends nationality.

Headlining the event will be Kan, a master Butoh artist from the ranks of Japanís first generation of Butoh pioneers, who has choreographed and performed across the globe using Butoh as a gateway to the exploration of other performing arts and cultures.

Kanís most recent work, to be presented at Global Descent, is based on a fusion of the work of Irish Nobel Prize-winning writer Samuel Beckett and Tatsumi Hijikata, one of Butohís founding choreographers. An original piece by Descent Performance Laboratory will also be presented as part of each eveningís program.

Joining Kan will be dancers from Los Angelesí Descent Performance Laboratory, Vangeline Theater, and Body Weather Laboratory.

Dancers and choreographers participating in Global Descent are Kan, Heyward Bracey, Rosemary Candelario, Pamela Herron, Melissa Lohman, Eric Losoya, Carla Melo, Alessandra Santos and Vangeline. Sound design is by Brian Saitzyk.

Information, (310) 315-1459, or www.highwaysperformance.org/.