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The Hard Nut (DVD)

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1Act I: Overture / Mark Morris Introduces Act I2:28
2Act I: The Children Watch2:40
3Act I: Party Preparations1:25
4Act I: Arrival of the Guests6:23
5Act I: Gift Giving2:48
6Act I: The Party Continues1:25
7Act I: Drosselmeier Presents the Nutcracker2:09
8Act I: Marie Dances with the Nutcracker / Guests Sing Christmas Carols1:56
9Act I: Guests Dance the Bump1:45
10Act I: The Party Concludes2:16
11Act I: Marie Returns to the Living Roome1:12
12Act I: Invasion of the Rats1:13
13Act I: The Transformation3:04
14Act I: The Battle3:04
15Act I: The Nutcracker Transformed into Young Drosselmeier1:14
16Act I: Duet of Drosselmeier and Young Drosselmeier2:53
17Act I: Waltz of the Snowflakes6:15
18Act II: Intermission / Mark Morris Introduces Act II1:47
19Act II: Drosselmeier Begins to Tell Marie the Story of the Hard Nut2:11
20Act II: The Curse5:30
21Act II: Spanish Dance1:22
22Act II: Chinese Dance1:04
23Act II: Russian Dance1:20
24Act II: French Dance2:22
25Act II: Drosselmeier Finds the Nut0:54
26Act II: The Curse Is Lifted1:41
27Act II: Waltz of the Flowers7:00
28Act II: The World Celebrates the Love of Marie and Young Drosselmeier4:54
29Act II: Marie and Young Drosselmeier Dance Together2:49
30Act II: The Gala1:25
31Act II: The Lovers Unite3:29
32Act II: Louise and Fritz Are Sent to Bed1:19
33Act II: Bows and Credits3:25

News & Reviews

  • Mark Morris's "The Hard Nut" Returns to Bay Area, Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall

    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 2012–13 Season to Include Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass, Fatoumata Diawara, Sérgio & Odair Assad, Mark Morris

    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.

About this Album

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.


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

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

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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