Mark Morris Dance Group’s beloved reimagining of The Nutcracker—a lavish, gender-bent love letter that playfully preserves the warm spirit of an essential holiday tradition—returns to BAM for the holidays. 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 #TheHardNut.
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.
Mark Morris Dance Group
A little history lesson about choreographer Mark Morris and his renowned Mark Morris Dance Group.
Watch & Listen
Facebook Live: The Hard Nut Master Class (Facebook)
Sam Black and Nicole Sabella of Mark Morris Dance Group teach the moves to the "Waltz of the Flowers."
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.
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