The Hard Nut

December 10 – 18, 2016

Country of Origin United States
Description An exhilarating New York City tradition, BAM and Mark Morris Dance Group once again present the holiday classic The Hard Nut—a cheeky yet reverent homage to The Nutcracker. “I've never seen a funnier full-length dance work, and the laughs bubble up throughout,” says The Washington Post. For this updated classic fairytale, Morris sets the action in the swinging 70s, complete with go-go boots, G.I. Joe soldiers, a dancing Barbie doll, and inspired gender-bending casting. This mix of playfulness and exquisite dance, combined with the greatest respect for E.T.A Hoffman’s original story and Tchaikovsky’s complete, original score, earned The Hard Nut the winning spot in Ovation TV’s “Battle of the Nutcrackers” contest three years running. The Hard Nut takes its title from the story-within-astory from Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, wherein an evil Rat Queen promises to restore the Princess Pirlipat’s beauty if a young man can crack the “hard nut” with his teeth.
Identifier 2016f.01240
Season Fall 2016
VenueOpera House
artistic directorMark Morris
choreographerMark Morris
conductorColin Fowler
contributorCharles Burns
costume designerMartin Pakledinaz
librettistE.T.A. Hoffmann
lighting designerJames F. Ingalls
musical directorColin Fowler
set designer/decorAdrianne Lobel