Oracle & Enigma, a Butoh theater dance performance featuring master Butoh artist Katsura Kan, will be presented by

Highways Performance Space and Descent Performance Laboratory Friday and Saturday, Aug. 20 and 21.

Performances are scheduled at 8:30 p.m. both days at Highways, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica.

Butoh is described as a surrealism of the body that aims to merge with the secrets of the self, a Highways spokesperson says.

“As a dance, Oracle & Enigma seeks to tease our individual and collective mythologies out of shared flesh. Audience and dancer collaborate in revealing that which is forgotten: The Oracular and the Enigmatic,” the Highways spokesperson says.

Kan of Kyoto, Japan has made an indelible mark upon the history of contemporary dance, according to Highways. A master Butoh artist from the ranks of Japan’s first generation of Butoh pioneers, he has choreographed and performed across the globe using Butoh as a gateway to the exploration of other performing arts and cultures.

Joining Kan will be a group of select dancers from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boulder, Colorado and Seattle, including Heyward Bracey, Allison Wyper, Sharon Stern, Eric Losoya, Azumi Oe, Joyce Lu, Michelle Lai and Sheri Brown.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for members, students and seniors.

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