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Thursday, November 29, 2018

In Context: The Hard Nut

Mark Morris Dance Group’s beloved retro-modern reimagining of The Nutcracker, The Hard Nut, comes back to BAM for the holidays, playfully preserving the warm spirit of an essential holiday tradition Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

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Forever Young (BAM Blog)
Mark Morris Dance Group’s The Hard Nut returns to the Howard Gilman Opera House for the seventh time. We spoke with some dancers who have held longtime roles.

Behind the scenes of The Hard Nut (Brooklyn Magazine)
Brooklyn Magazine stepped backstage to take a look at one of Brooklyn’s most beloved Christmas traditions.

No Sugar Plums Here: The Dark, Romantic Roots of The Nutcracker (NPR)
NPR on ETA Hoffman’s strangely magical story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, a darker and more fascinating fairy tale than the holiday tradition suggests, and Mark Morris’ direct inspiration for The Hard Nut.

BAM: The Next Wave Festival (
Explore the rich history of BAM’s iconic festival in this newly released book.

Watch & Listen

The Hard Nut: A Look Back (YouTube)
Go behind the scenes of The Hard Nut’s development in Brussels with this 1991 mini-doc about the making of the show.

Beyond The Hard Nut (SoundCloud)
Musician-choreographer par excellence Mark Morris discusses Tchaikovsky’s beloved music for the ballet as a major inspiration for The Hard Nut.

Now your turn...

What did you think? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

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  1. It was as wonderful as ever (and I've seen it many times). I always see new things (realize how the party scene is like all parties--one goes from one group to another, and though as an audience person I can see everything, there's too much to take it all in at once). I'll never not be nearly overcome by the snow scene and the duets--between Drosselmayer and the Prince, between Marie and the Prince. And love Marie's growing up from a child with gumption to a young woman in love. Oh, heaven.

  2. Fantastic! Amazing! for all ages!

  3. Liked it so much! I loved the maid in particular. After seeing a couple of mediocre performances at the BAM, this was a treat. I would see this again.

  4. Absolutely loved the performance, and Kraig Patterson as the maid is a delight in acting, and amazing in dancing (he's on pointe for half his dances). Also the Snowflakes dance is beautiful, funny, poetic and great ensemble dancing, and the highlight for me.

    After the Snowflakes dance the performance fizzles out a bit but it's still great ballet dancing and funny. Bring your kids! Highly recommended.

  5. Very entertaining! Brandon Randolph showed technical prowess as the housekeeper/nurse and was also so comically expressive, as was Lesley Garrison as Louise/Princess Pirlipat. Loved this production.

  6. It was amaizing! I wAas waiting for this balet since sow it on Clasick Art Showcaase chanel 3 yers ago. Definitely will go see it again with all my family

  7. LOVe LoVE love this show. I hope that it becomes a tradition. I also love that the children choirs are all from Brooklyn. Exuberant dancing, beautiful music, and a great classic story, what's not to like?

  8. Superb dancers. Full of spirit and wonderfully entertaining, a masterpiece of creativity! I loved this show!

  9. My group of 3 traveled all the way from San Diego, CA and Washington D.C. to come come together and see The Hard Nut live. Watching it live was a dream come true for me as I'd only ever seen it on DVD. Visually stunning. Every aspect was just so beautiful and almost overwhelmingly so. The live orchestra, the scenes, the choreography, the dancers, the dancing...uh! It was everything I needed it to be and beyond. Such a wonderful experience to have shared with dear friends.


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