Created in 1991, while Mark Morris was Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium, The Hard Nut
is the last of twelve pieces choreographed in Brussels and one of Morris' most ambitious works to date with over 60 set pieces and props, 116 costume changes, a 48-member orchestra and children's choir of 30, as well as 32 dancers and 48 members in the stage crew. Based on the work of Charles Burns and the book by E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
, Mark Morris' The Hard Nut is "formally dazzling, uproariously funny. It deepens our love of the original and makes us smile and marvel at the outrageous originality of Morris’s genius in retelling it.” (San Francisco Chronicle
Brian Lawson began his dance training in Toronto at Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre. There he worked with choreographers such as David Earle, Carol Anderson, and Michael Trent. Lawson spent a year studying at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie in The Netherlands and graduated summa cum laude in 2010 from Purchase College, where he was also granted the President’s Award for his contributions to the dance program. Lawson has had the pleasure of performing with Pam Tanowitz Dance, Dance Heginbotham, and Nelly van Bommel's NØA Dance, among others. He joined MMDG as an apprentice in 2011 and became a company member in 2013.
Stacy Martorana began her dance training in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Peabody Conservatory. In 2006 she graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in contemporary dance. She has danced with the Amy Marshall Dance Company, the Neta Dance Company, Helen Simoneau Danse, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, and Rashaun Mitchell. From 2009-2011 she was a member of the Repertory Understudy Group for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. She joined MMDG as an apprentice in January 2012 and became a company member in November of the same year.