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 can be everything, so get even closer to the production with This particular curated selection of related articles along with videos. After you’ve attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting within the comments below along with 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 along with the Mouse King, a darker along with more fascinating fairy tale than the holiday tradition suggests, along with Mark Morris’ direct inspiration for The Hard Nut.

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Explore the rich history of BAM’s iconic festival in This particular newly released book.

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The Hard Nut: A Look Back (YouTube)
Go behind the scenes of The Hard Nut’s development in Brussels with This particular 1991 mini-doc about the generating 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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In Context: The Hard Nut

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