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The title of Victoria Marks’ latest piece is, of course, drenched in irony. Not About Iraq may not explicitly be about the ongoing conflict in Iraq, but it nonetheless offers a fierce commentary on the United States’ foreign policy and political machinations. In this marriage of anthropological field work and raw dance, Marks blurs the line between choreographer and critic; as the piece opens, she’s seated in the audience, offering observations on the abstract movements with a series of broad aphorisms. The effect is as jarring as the sound of helicopter blades spinning during one of the vignettes, but her relentless agitprop style isn’t easy to adjust to and constant narration helps to lessen the learning curve. It’s also a rare opportunity to peel back the curtain and demystify some of the arcane logic governing dance. The performances begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $22. (202) 269-1600. —Nick Green