The famous teakettle Mrs. Potts once called it a “tale as old as time,” but don’t expect a Disney-fied version of Beauty and the Beast from Synetic Theater. In fact, don’t go looking for Mrs. Potts at all, because the experimental, movement-based company is advertising its take on the famous fairy tale as “a gothic quest for love, without the singing teapot.” When you cut away the jovial anthropomorphic decorations, what’s left of Beauty and the Beast is a sinister love story with overtones of Stockholm Syndrome. Expect the company to dance upon this darkness, expressing the story more through the body than through dialogue. Synetic’s work can polarize audiences—people either love the way actors use their motions to find new contours in well-trodden tales or find the whole method an overwrought experience. You probably have some idea about where you fall on that spectrum, but if you don’t, this take on an already familiar story is as good a time as any to find out. The play runs Dec. 3 to Jan. 11 at Synetic Theater, 1800 South Bell St., Arlington. $15–$90. (866) 811-4111. synetictheater.org.