For the December holidays, we’re bringing back excerpts from The Hard Nut, Mark Morris’s witty, lavish, gender-varied homage to Tchaikovsky’s original score, The Nutcracker.
As part of our 40th Anniversary Season, we’ve planned a week of The Hard Nut-themed activities. This includes a Family Fun Day featuring screenings of the Snow and Flowers sections from The Hard Nut, a Dance with MMDG class for all ages to learn portions of the dances, a holiday sing-along with Music Director Colin Fowler, a holiday cookie recipe swap, and more. Events are free, with a donation suggested for some events.
Watch Dances from The Hard Nut!
Available starting December 12
Watch the beloved Snow (Waltz of the Snowflakes) and Flowers (Waltz of the Flowers) dances from The Hard Nut, then head to our virtual Family Fun Day to learn sections from those dances!
Family Fun Day
Co-Presented with Cal Performances, Berkeley
December 12, 1:00-3:00pm ET
Join us for a festive day packed with great (online) activities for the entire family! From Dance with MMDG classes for all ages to learn excerpts from the Snow and Flowers dances from The Hard Nut to a holiday sing-along with Music Director Colin Fowler and a hot chocolate and cookie recipe swap, you’ll be sure to get in the holiday spirit.
Dance for PD® Explore the Repertory: The Hard Nut
December 14, 11:00am-12:00pm ET
Our Dance for PD® team has created a special class for people with Parkinson’s and for anyone with mobility issues based on The Hard Nut. Learn sections from Mark Morris’s holiday classic at your own pace.
Caroling on the Plaza
In collaboration with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
December 17, 5:00-6:00pm ET
Families are invited to join MMDG outdoors (yes, in person!) at The Plaza at 300 Ashland in Brooklyn for holiday caroling in collaboration with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.
Dance On! MMDG Digital Dance Lab
Available starting December 12.
This 3-part series introduces kids and families of any level and ability to three of Mark Morris’s most acclaimed works. The first of the series focuses on The Hard Nut.