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Victoria Marks’ choreography is truly modern: new, surprising, and immediate. The sweet genius in her dances keeps the viewer pondering: “I never would have thought of that, and yet it makes perfect sense.” This weekend’s program presents a satisfying range of Marks’ works: In the duet Back many of the movements initiate from the head, which functions like a hand—able to hold, comfort, or push away. Present showcases dancer Nami Yamamoto’s strengths—sharp, clever, quirky gestures and a guileless expressiveness. Anna Pons Carrera performs a charming solo, Here/Not Here, divided into three parts throughout the evening. In contrast to these very vigorous pieces, Dancing to Music (performed with members of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange) is a quiet composition of pedestrian gestures—looking away, a touch on the shoulder—that works on a powerful, intimate level. Marks’ will also premiere a new solo and a father-daughter dance. The evening’s highlight may not be a dance at all, but a film with dancing. Outside In, a collaboration with filmmaker Margaret Williams, features the wheelchair dancers from Britain’s Cando Company. The dancers’ agility will challenge your adult sense of limitations, while the film’s whimsy will captivate your inner child. At 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 20-22, at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $15. (202) 269-1600. (Holly Bass)