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Miki Liszt knows how to work a rectangle of black fabric. She shrouds herself in it, wads it up into a ball, and lets it unfurl like a flag or an outstretched wing. Her movements—sometimes strained, sometimes fluid—explore the many paradoxes of the veil and its role in defining the boundaries that restrict women and the culture as a whole. Under the Veil/andarun birun is a full-length program of modern dance wrapped around slide projections, poetry, and Persian music. The word andarun refers to the inner sanctum of the traditional Iranian family compound; birun signifies the outer world of society. It’s a world the Iranian-born choreographer and dance-company leader knows well, and it’s been dance that has allowed her to break free from many of the restrictions placed upon women in her native land. Still, she wanted to study those restrictions, to understand and—ultimately—communicate through dance what they mean. The veil is the symbol through which understanding comes. þ There are myriads of ways in which we reveal or conceal ourselves,” Liszt says. “While the veil is an evident visual boundary, I’m interested in the more subtle line of separation that cultures draw around women, and that we draw around ourselves.” A discussion of gender mobility and immobility follows the performance, which begins at 8 p.m. at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $15. (202) 269-1600. (Ayesha Morris)