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The best dance shows this month

Take your pick from the highlights of the London dance scene this month

London's dance scene is hot with high pirouettes, lithe bodies and beautiful choreography. Time Out picks the best dance pieces to catch in the capital this September.


Raven Girl/Connectome

Inspired by neuroscientist Dr Sebastian Seung’s theories, Alastair Marriott's 'Connectome' explores how our personality is created not by genes but by the 'map of the brain'. Alongside it returns Wayne McGregor's gothic 'Raven Girl', a modern-day fairytale of a raven girl who is trapped in a human body and longs to fly. This 2013 blockbuster was created in collaboration with 'The Time Travelers Wife' author Audrey Niffenegger with music by Gabriel Yared 'The English Patient' fame.

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Royal Opera House , Covent Garden Until Saturday October 24 2015


Here's a chance to channel your inner kung fu fighter with this extravaganza performed by twenty Shaolin monks. The piece features stories about their history and philosophy while also being astonishing in the martial arts and movement department.

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Peacock Theatre , Holborn Until Saturday October 17 2015

Romeo and Juliet

Pirouetting into their autumn season with style, the Royal Opera House stage Kenneth MacMillan's much-loved definitive version of Shakespeare's tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet'. There's a raft of exciting dancers working on it, including Natalia Osipova, Steven McRae, Lauren Cuthbertson and Marianela Nunez.

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Royal Opera House , Covent Garden Friday October 9 2015 - Wednesday December 2 2015
Tom Medwel


Great Israeli choregrapher Hofesh Shechter stages an uber festival of a load of intriguing shows. Perhaps the most exciting is the return of dance/rock-gig mash-up 'Political Mother' which will take place in the huge Brixton Academy. The sound is immense - huge drums all over the stage - and the movement is rhythmical and infectious. As well as this, Shechter is staging a new trilogy 'Barbarians' at Sadler's Wells, and opera and a piece by the Shechter Junior company. Autumn's not-to-miss dance event.

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O2 Academy Brixton , Stockwell Wednesday October 7 2015 - Thursday October 8 2015
Maximillian Webster

Follow The Faun

This bacchanalian immersive performance with a trippy house soundtrack was a hit at festivals this summer, and even wowed crowds at the chillier climes of the Edinburgh Fringe. Surrender to the leadership of a camp, high-heel wearing goat and join the dance.

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Passing Clouds , Kingsland Thursday October 8 2015 - Thursday December 10 2015
Zoe Manders

Paradise Lost (Lies Unopened Beside Me)

Adapting Milton's epic poem 'Paradise Lost' into a one man dance show is no mean feat but Ben Duke makes short work of his devilishly long source matter. Playing not just God but Adam, Eve, and Lucifer, he's earned heavenly reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer.

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The Place , Bloomsbury Friday October 9 2015 - Saturday October 10 2015
Alicia Clarke

A Room For All Our Tomorrows

Ever feel like you want to let rip? Dance artists Igor & Moreno were inspired by the hidden urge to scream and the secret lives of other people in their new commission for The Place.

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The Place , Bloomsbury Until Wednesday October 7 2015
Alfred Bailey (Dillon Rose)

When King Gogo Met the Chameleon

Fabulous costumes and pneumatic jumps enliven this peppy African tale about a boy who has to outwit the stubborn King Gogo, not to mention a chameleon and a whole cast of animal dancers. Suitable for kids aged 4-7, and their families.

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Deptford Lounge , Deptford Bridge Tuesday October 27 2015 - Wednesday October 28 2015

The Palm of Your Hand

For anyone who's ready to get up close and personal with some pioneering contemporary dance, Vera Tussing Projects tactile new show uses the audience's bodies to outline the space. A chance for audience and performers to create work together.

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The Place , Bloomsbury Tuesday October 13 2015 - Wednesday October 14 2015

The Point At Which it Last Made Sense

This multimedia-rich piece from choreographers Robin Dingemans and Nick Bryson replicates the commercialised buzz of advertising that surrounds us, placing two disabled dancers at its heart. It'll leave you interrogating media norms of beauty, while creating an austere harmony of its own.

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Lilian Baylis Studio , Finsbury Friday October 9 2015