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The Hard Nut (DVD)

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  • Just in time for the holidays, The Hard Nut, Mark Morris's 1991 retelling of the classic tale of The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann, returns to the Bay Area for the first time in three years, with a seven-performance run at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, California, starting tonight. The Mark Morris Dance Group will be joined by members of the Berkeley Symphony, led by conductor George Cleve, for the performances with the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir under the direction of Robert Geary. For the first time in Berkeley, Morris will take on the role of Dr. Stahlbaum/King. Watch a preview here.

  • Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, has announced its 2012–13 season, which will feature Kronos Quartet as the season's Artists in Residence; Philip Glass's groundbreaking work with Robert Wilson, Einstein on the Beach; Fatoumata Diawara's debut; a Sérgio & Odair Assad concert with Paquito D'Rivera; and the return of the Mark Morris Dance Company with the holiday favorite Hard Nut. Subscription sales begin on Friday.

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    In The Hard Nut, Mark Morris's 1991 retelling of the classic tale of The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the choreographer "creates a marvelously musical, choreographically ingenious response to Tchaikovsky’s great score that has its own magic and speaks its own truths about the nature of love," raves the New York Times. "What makes The Hard Nut so lovable, and indispensable is a sweetness and spaciousness very like its traditional Tchaikovsky score."

    The Mark Morris Dance Group first performed The Hard Nut in Brussels in January 1991 and returned to Brussels in December of that year for encore performances of the piece, which were filmed live for PBS' Great Performances: Dance in America series. The film features accompaniment from the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie with Musical Director, Sylvain Cambreling. The DVD, released on Nonesuch in 2007, includes deleted scenes and a new, exclusive look behind the scenes with Mark Morris.

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    From the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels
    December 1991

    Choreography by Mark Morris
    Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Based on Nutcracker and Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann
    Production Based on the Work of Charles Burns
    Set Design by Adrianne Lobel
    Costume Design by Martin Pakledinaz
    Stage Lighting Design by James F. Ingalls

    CAST
    Mark Morris Dance Group
    Clarice Marshall, Marie
    Marianne Moore, Fritz            
    Tina Fehlandt, Louise/Princess Pirlipat        
    Barry Alterman, Dr. Stahlbaum / King        
    Peter Wing Healey, Mrs. Stahlbaum / Queen        
    Kraig Patterson, Housekeeper/Nurse        
    Rob Besserer, Drosselmeier    
    Jean Guillaume Weis, Nutcracker / Young Drosselmeier     
    Company: Francky Arras, Katharina Bader, Alyce Bochette, Joe Bowie, Derrick Brown, Derek Clifford, Ruth Davidson, Penny Hutchinson, Dan Joyce, Nathaniel Lee, Sam Louwyck, Olivia Maridjan-Koop, Mark Morris, Rachel Murray, Mark Nimkoff, Deniz Oktay, June Omura, Mireille Radwan Dana, Gene Reddick Guillermo Resto, Keith Sabado, Amy Schwartz, Jordana Toback,William Wagner, Holly Williams, Megan Williams

    Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie
    Sylvain Cambreling, Musical Director

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Judy Kinberg
    Directed by Matthew Diamond
    Edited by Girish Bhargava
    Lighting by Alan Adelman
    Executive Producer: Jac Venza
    Producer for NVC Arts: Robin Scott
    A Production of Thirteen WNET with NYC ARTS
    In Association with RTP, Portugal and YLE, Finland

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Mark Morris Dance Group
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In The Hard Nut, Mark Morris's 1991 retelling of the classic tale of The Nutcracker, the choreographer "creates a marvelously musical, choreographically ingenious response to Tchaikovsky’s great score that has its own magic and speaks its own truths about the nature of love," raves the New York Times. "What makes The Hard Nut so lovable, and indispensable is a sweetness and spaciousness very like its traditional Tchaikovsky score."

Description: 

In The Hard Nut, Mark Morris's 1991 retelling of the classic tale of The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the choreographer "creates a marvelously musical, choreographically ingenious response to Tchaikovsky’s great score that has its own magic and speaks its own truths about the nature of love," raves the New York Times. "What makes The Hard Nut so lovable, and indispensable is a sweetness and spaciousness very like its traditional Tchaikovsky score."

The Mark Morris Dance Group first performed The Hard Nut in Brussels in January 1991 and returned to Brussels in December of that year for encore performances of the piece, which were filmed live for PBS' Great Performances: Dance in America series. The film features accompaniment from the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie with Musical Director, Sylvain Cambreling. The DVD, released on Nonesuch in 2007, includes deleted scenes and a new, exclusive look behind the scenes with Mark Morris.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Judy Kinberg
Directed by Matthew Diamond
Edited by Girish Bhargava
Lighting by Alan Adelman
Executive Producer: Jac Venza
Producer for NVC Arts: Robin Scott
A Production of Thirteen WNET with NYC ARTS
In Association with RTP, Portugal and YLE, Finland

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305852

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 04:00
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From the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels
December 1991

Choreography by Mark Morris
Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Based on Nutcracker and Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann
Production Based on the Work of Charles Burns
Set Design by Adrianne Lobel
Costume Design by Martin Pakledinaz
Stage Lighting Design by James F. Ingalls

CAST
Mark Morris Dance Group
Clarice Marshall, Marie
Marianne Moore, Fritz            
Tina Fehlandt, Louise/Princess Pirlipat        
Barry Alterman, Dr. Stahlbaum / King        
Peter Wing Healey, Mrs. Stahlbaum / Queen        
Kraig Patterson, Housekeeper/Nurse        
Rob Besserer, Drosselmeier    
Jean Guillaume Weis, Nutcracker / Young Drosselmeier     
Company: Francky Arras, Katharina Bader, Alyce Bochette, Joe Bowie, Derrick Brown, Derek Clifford, Ruth Davidson, Penny Hutchinson, Dan Joyce, Nathaniel Lee, Sam Louwyck, Olivia Maridjan-Koop, Mark Morris, Rachel Murray, Mark Nimkoff, Deniz Oktay, June Omura, Mireille Radwan Dana, Gene Reddick Guillermo Resto, Keith Sabado, Amy Schwartz, Jordana Toback,William Wagner, Holly Williams, Megan Williams

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie
Sylvain Cambreling, Musical Director

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