Can dance be a vehicle for social change, a tool for justice, or at least a means for reconciling a messed-up world with our equally complicated selves? In Not About Iraq, a piece Los Angeles-based choreographer Victoria Marks first created six years ago in response to 9/11, these questions are underlying themes, but they blend with broader topics such as vitality, impermanence, beginnings, and endings. Marks's understated approach always addresses complex ideas with a succinct urgency. She achieves resonance and relevance but also finds the beating heart of the matter.
Oct. 10-11, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 12, 7 p.m., 2008