- Peter DaSilva
- Friday, December 14, 2012
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.
- Thursday, April 26, 2012
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 Mark Morris Dance Group
The Mark Morris Dance Group was formed in 1980 in New York City. It quickly began a busy touring schedule performing throughout the US and Europe and filmed a piece for the CBS program Dance in America. In 1988, the group was named national dance company of Belgium and began a three-year residency at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.
The Mark Morris Dance Center was opened in 2001 in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to being the home base and rehearsal facility for the group, the space houses a school that offers classes to students of all ages and outreach to local youth.
Nonesuch released a DVD of The Hard Nut, the choreographer's 1991 retelling of the classic tale of The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann, in which, Morris "takes a serious new look at an old classic," says the New York Times. "What makes The Hard Nut so lovable, and indispensable," the Times suggests, "is a sweetness and spaciousness very like its traditional Tchaikovsky score."
October 16, 2007
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."