by Aisha Cruse
Want a break from the usual Nutcracker Avalanche? See some wonderfully wintry (nut-cracker free!) performances!
Thurs & Fri, December 1 & 2 @ 7:30 pm
Endicott Student & Alumni Choreography Showcase
Presented by Endicott College
At the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts in Beverly, MA
An evening of dances choreographed by Endicott students and Dance program Alumni, built under the tutelage of Emily Beattie and Monkeyhouse friend and favorite Nicole Sao Pedro-Welch. If you're north of the city, go see some young dancers performing new work!
Fri & Sat, December 2 & 3 @ 8:00 pm
Running in Stillness
Presented by Marsha Parrilla and Danza Orgánica
At Hibernian Hall in Roxbury
$25 general, $15 student/ BDA member
This is the world premiere of this project, which I think is well worth your time. From the site: "Running in Stillness is a dance theater piece that delves into the human condition of being imprisoned, and how this affects people imprisoned, their families, and all of us in the community. Through a close collaboration with formerly incarcerated women and daughters of incarcerated parents, we are creating a project that sheds light on this often-ignored topic."
Fri, December 9 @ 8pm
Sat & Sun, December 10 & 11 @ 11am & 3pm
Sat, December 10 @ 7:30pm
Cirque Dreams: Holidaze
At the Boch Center Shubert Theater
Okay if you're looking for Rockette Holiday Spectacular level family entertainment, see this. There are circus acts, musical numbers, and the costumes look amazing and ridiculous and sometimes that's all you want at the holidays.
December 14-18 & 28-30
Gumdrops & The Funny Uncle
December 14 - 18
At the BCA Black Box
December 28 - 30
At the Dance Complex
Presented by Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion, Theater Offensive, and the Dance Complex
$12 floor, $33 regular
An illumination of adapted holiday traditions with families of choice from an LGBTQ perspective with an inter-generational cast. Its been a long rough year, and a long, long month. If you or some people in your life could use a reminder about what it means to be different, what it means to belong, and that family is what we make of it, I would recommend this show.
Okay, okay, if you've got to see the Nutcracker, try one of these:
Fri, December 2 thru Sun, December 18
Presented by Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre
At the Cutler Majestic thru December 4
At the Strand Theatre in Dorchester thru December 18
Jose Mateo's tagline is "ballet up close", and they have a reputation for stripping down the bells and whistles to deliver a performance that focuses on the dance and the dancer. Their Nutcracker is all about the nuance of the choreography, and the miraculous feats their dancers perform.