Past Performance

December 10 - 18, 2016 The Hard Nut

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)

Howard Gilman Opera House

Brooklyn, New York — United States

Performance Times

December 10, 2016 2:00pm, 7:30pm

December 11, 2016 3:00pm The Hard Nut Family Day

December 14, 2016 7:30pm Join us for The Hard Nut Benefit

December 15, 2016 7:30pm

December 16, 2016 7:30pm

December 17, 2016 2:00pm, 7:30pm

December 18, 2016 3:00pm


The Hard Nut returns home to BAM this holiday season.

A cascade of wit and wintry beauty featuring Morris’ lyrical modern dance choreography, this lavish, gender-bent love letter to a classic transplants the story from the straight-laced 1890s to the swinging 70s, with raucous parties, dancing G.I. Joes, whimsical costumes, and a Waltz of the Snowflakes like no other. Tchaikovsky’s complete original score, performed live by the 53-piece MMDG Music Ensemble drives this colorful retelling, which playfully preserves the warm spirit of an essential holiday tradition.

Based on the book by E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Featuring the MMDG Music Ensemble and The Hard Nut Singers 
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Set design by Adrianne Lobel
Costume design by Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting design by James F. Ingalls

Production based on the work of Charles Burns

Special Event Ticket Packages

The Hard Nut Family Day — Sunday, December 11 

A day full of fun and hot chocolate for families—featuring discounts on ticket prices, post-show activities at the Dance Center, and opportunities to meet the cast

The Hard Nut Benefit — Wednesday, December 14

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Hard Nut with premium performance seating and a post-show reception with Mark Morris and the cast. Benefit proceeds support MMDG's year-round programs and underwrite show tickets for youth and families in the community.

These special ticket packages are available only through MMDG.
Contact Tyler Mercer for reservations.


After twenty-five years in Mark Morris’s version of “The Nutcracker,” Kraig Patterson’s maid still embodies the spirit of the piece.

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- The New Yorker
This month, two of the finest examples are on display in New York. In “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” at New York City Ballet, dancers gleam like ice princesses as they flit across the stage in brisk petit allegro jumps under a steady snowfall that eventually reaches blizzard proportions. And in “The Hard Nut,” by Mark Morris, the dancers, male and female, throw snow while dashing across the stage in sleek formations. The effect in both is a thrilling merging of motion and music.

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- The New York Times
It’s not hard to say why Mark Morris’ rendering of the holiday Nutcracker classic is better than all the rest. In contrast to other productions I’ve seen, Mark Morris has created a party scene for the first act which is unrivaled.

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- Bachtrack
Mark Morris begins his Nutcracker conventionally enough, with a Christmas gathering. But this party, set in Ice Storm suburbia, amounts to a riot of self-interest. The hosts’ preening teenage daughter (Lesley Garrison) wants sex. Their boy (June Omura, more demonic with each passing year) wants trouble. The clueless dad (Morris as a man who has mistaken himself for a cartoon) wants to appear in charge. The maid (Brandon Randolph in a detailed role debut) wants as much fun as her thankless job permits. The venturesome guests want to get it on with anyone but the person they came with. And the mom (delectable John Heginbotham) wants to be sedated.

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- The Financial Times


Dance with MMDG - in conjunction with BAM's Next Wave Festival

Come and learn excerpts from The Hard Nut before seeing the show.

All classes are taught by the dancers of the Mark Morris Dance Group
All levels are welcome. See below links for more information and to pre-register.

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