Theater & dance


Holiday dance picks

Lasha Khozashvili and Lia Cirio in Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.”
Gene Schiavone/Boston Ballet
Lasha Khozashvili and Lia Cirio in Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.”

THE NUTCRACKER Boston Ballet’s production of the holiday classic is the most brilliantly danced and grandly lavish in all New England. The icing on the cake is the live orchestral performance of Tchaikovsky’s dazzling score. Nov. 27-Dec. 31, $35-$199. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955,

NEWPORT NUTCRACKER AT ROSECLIFF This popular production by Island Moving Co. is set in Newport’s romantic Rosecliff mansion. As scenes move from room to elegant room, the ballet’s audience is swept into the action. Nov. 27-Dec. 4, $55-$140. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I. 401-847-4470,

NOT! THE NUTCRACKER Forget ballet and frothy tutus. Jeannette Neill Dance Studio’s extravaganza showcases jazz, modern, contemporary, and hip-hop dance. Dec. 4-5, $20-$25. Tsai Performance Center. 617-523-1355,


AURORA BOREALIS: A FESTIVAL OF LIGHT AND DANCE Boston University faculty and students join together for this celebration of the relationship between light and material form. This year’s concert includes choreography ranging from hip-hop and improvisation to aerial work. Dec. 6-7, Free. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-353-1597,

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URBAN NUTCRACKER For its 15th anniversary, Tony Williams’s reimagining of the classic gets new sets and costumes. In this lively version, the magical journey of Clarice and Omar mixes ballet with tap, hip-hop, jazz, flamenco, and folkloric dance, set to Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington’s jazz suite. Dec. 11-27, $25-$85. Tony Williams Dance Center at John Hancock Hall. 617-524-4381,

TAFUTA! A YOUNG CHILD’S SEARCH FOR THE TRUE MEANING OF KWANZAA OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center and ShapeUp with Shaumba present this play with dance and music that highlights a vibrant African-American celebration. Dec. 17-19, $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Roxbury Community College Mainstage Theater. 617-522-3900,

CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS For nearly three decades, the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble led by the Rev. Bob VerEecke, S.J. has aimed to capture Christmas spirit with this production. Catch the final performances before the “Dancing Priest” heads north to another parish. Our loss. Dec. 18-19, $15-$20. Boston College’s Robsham Theater Arts Center. 617-552-4002,

12 DANCERS DANCING . . . A CHRISTMAS IN CAMBRIDGE Honey Blonder’s eclectic holiday offering includes Rainbow Tribe, Ryan P. Casey, Forty Steps Dance, and many more. Dec. 18-19, $15-$20. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,


WHAT THE DICKENS! Deborah Mason’s Cambridge Youth Dance Program transforms “A Christmas Carol” with an irreverent take featuring a female corporate scrooge named Ebeneeza and ballet, modern, hip-hop, tap, and Indian dance. Dec. 18-20, $25-$30. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-616-5124,

NUT/CRACKED Choreographer David Parker and his New York-based The Bang Group take “The Nutcracker” off the deep end with a witty interpretation of Tchaikovsky (plus Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller). There’s pointe work, tap, disco, bubble wrap, Chinese takeout noodles, and more. Dec. 18-20, $15-$25. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103,


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