Monday, February 22, 2010

The Hard Nut















Flipping through the New York Times today I saw that the Mark Morris Dance Group is premiering a new show this week. My exposure to Mark Morris' choreography began with his 1991 production of The Hard Nut, a highly stylized interpretation of the traditional ballet of The Nutcracker.

If you love The Nutcracker, you'll appreciate this unique version's modern update from the 19th century ballet to the more contemporary 1960s and '70s. It also includes a story from the original E.T.A. Hoffmann narrative that the traditional ballet left out.

If you aren't into The Nutcracker, then there are still several things here worth experiencing. One of them is that illustrator/comics artist Charles Burns created the production design. I believe The Hard Nut originally aired on PBS but is now available on DVD.

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