The name Victoria Marks often crops up in L.A. dancers' and choreographers' bios to establish their own bona fides, either touting that they've danced for Marks or studied with her. Before her tenure as a professor in UCLA's World Arts and Culture department, specializing in choreography and performance, Marks was a respected contemporary dancer-choreographer, so it's always an event when she moves outside the classroom to renew her creative juices. A Marks performance is guaranteed to be insightful, provocative, tempered with humor and beautifully danced. Her wide-ranging subject matter has included veterans, disabilities and mother/daughter relationships, with ear-catching titles. (Think: Not About Iraq, which, of course, it was.) This program of new works includes Seven Things (OK, Six) with dancers Alexx Shilling and Willy Souly, plus Dan Froot with Ian Isles, Samantha Mohr and Tida Sripanich. The shows will include the premiere of Action Conversations: Bellows Falls, a film capturing a summer workshop Marks undertook with the Vermont Performance Lab, which produced the film along with Ann Kaneko. Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica; Fri.-Sat., May 23-24, 8:30 p.m.; Sun., May 25, 4 p.m.; $20, $15 students. (310) 315-1459,

May 23-24, 8:30 p.m.; Sun., May 25, 4 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 05/25/14)

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