Dance Around London: December

Make a Fresh start to the month with an eclectic mix of youth and professional companies. Six diverse companies, ranging from an installation from Cando2, the youth company of the disabled and non-disabled big sister company Candoco, James Cousins with a Haruki Murakami-influenced piece, to hip hop company Blue Boy Entertainment. Add to that youth companies like The Place’s own Shift, and an after show party with DJ Vitty Dubs and you’ve got quite a vigorous evening. Fresh takes place on 1 December, from 6.15pm at The Place, tickets £12.

The Royal Ballet presents a night of excellent works by Kenneth MacMillan. The triple bill includes sinister-sexy drama in Las Hermanas (1963), the buoyant, modern and plotless Concerto (1966) and the choral beauty of Macmillan’s eulogy to his friend John Cranko, Requiem (1976). 27 Nov- 5 Dec, 7.30pm at Royal Opera House, tickets £4-£63.

Women of Mass Destruction is a platform for emerging choreographers with women as its broad theme. Featuring five diverse contemporary performances, curated by producer-choreographer Lydia Fraser-Ward, which aim to provoke new perspectives of the female body; be it young, much older, plastic or drunk. Expect a little bit of chaos across two next-door event spaces. 7 Dec, 7.30pm at Rich Mix, tickets £5.

A supernatural murder mystery across two continents involving two black lesbians, I Stand Corrected is a challenging and passionate cry against hate-rape and murder of gay people in South Africa, and closer to home, the British anti-gay-marriage lobby. Dancer Mamela Nyamza is a candid and brilliant performer and coupled with playwright Mojisola Adebayo, this looks set to be an engaging and painfully, awkwardly beautiful work. Showing from 20 Nov-8 Dec, 7.45pm at Ovalhouse, tickets £14.

Get in the Christmas spirit with a Christmas Cabaret hosted by the delightful duo Tom Roden and Pete Shenton of New Art Club. There’s Seke Chimutengwende’s witty and playful Mr Lawrence, gleeful fun with The Five Andrews, fantastical acrobatics by So and So Circus Theatre and hip hop contemporary fusion with Just Us Dance Theatre. 8 Dec, Family show from 4.40pm, evening show 7.30pm, at Green Dance, tickets £10/£15 respectively.

Continuing on his quest to update every fairytale classic, Matthew Bourne brings the premiere of his gothic Sleeping Beauty to Sadler’s Wells in time for Christmas. You’ve got all month and most of January to catch this one, and it will no doubt be as much of a crowd pleaser as Bourne’s other works, so nab a ticket quickly! 4 Dec-26 Jan, 7.30pm, at Sadler’s Wells, tickets £12- £60.

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