Four stars

In Between Butoh Dance Company, Rome, Italy
Auditorium at the Athenaeum

Butoh is a painstakingly primal form of performance art invented in Japan following the nuclear holocaust in Hiroshima. In the hands of In Between’s Flavia Ghisalberti and Ezio Tangini, the experience is time-bending, akin to seeing a Francis Bacon painting come to life. By turns agonizing and exquisite, this piece is the deep end of the Fringe. Adventurous audience members miss it at their peril.

Performances Wednesday at 6, Thursday at 9 and Friday at 6.