Arguably the most pyrotechnic ballerina performing today, Sylvie Guillem has been segueing from classical ballet into more contemporary dance. Credited with the first truly successful blending of classical South Asian Kathak with modern dance, Akram Khan is indisputably one of the planet’s most in-demand choreographers. Together, Guillem and Khan’s 75-minute Sacred Monsters showcases their extraordinary talents in a series of solos and duets that move from their personal dance idioms in ballet and Kathak into explorations of multicultural dance landscapes, spoken episodes and passages of mirrored movement, all set to composer Philip Sheppard’s score performed live. This U.S. premiere offers a first look at the collaboration of two extraordinary performers that drew rave reviews in London and Hong Kong. UCLA Royce Hall, Wstwd.; Wed.-Thurs., May 2-3, 8 p.m.; $42-$68. (310) 825-2101 or www.UCLALive.org.

East-West blend: Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan

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