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In the ’50s, art critic Harold Rosenberg coined the term “action painting” to describe Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning’s technique of abstractedly applying paint to a canvas. In the performance piece “Hunger,” two Cambodian visual artists carry on the tradition by painting while Japanese choreographers Eiko and Koma Otake test the limits of abstract expressionism through movement. The work is part of an ongoing exploration of Cambodian folklore that fuses painting and dance—and willfully blurs the lines between the two. As of late, the husband-and-wife choreographers have taken an increasingly academic approach to dance and the problem of preparing greenhorn performers to find even footing on stage. With “Hunger,” Eiko and Koma share the stage with two of their youthful protégés and return to a very precise and highly stylized sort of butoh -inspired movement; the result is a maddening but highly soulful series of riffs on “want and need” and the artistic process. EIKO & KOMA PERFORM AT 8 P.M. SATURDAY AND 7 P.M. SUNDAY AT DANCE PLACE, 3225 8TH ST. NE. $22. (202) 269-1600.