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Mark Morris Dance Group: The Hard Nut


Dec 14, 2012 – Dec 23, 2012



Zellerbach Hall

2100 Bancroft Way



$30 and up

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You'll notice something odd beneath all the tulle and sequins adorning The Hard Nut's dancers: the pirouetting Sugar Plum Fairies are actually men sashaying with campy grace, and heroine Marie is a sucker-punching bully straight out of Brooklyn. Mark Morris' satirical variation on Yuletide fave The Nutcracker is intentionally rough around the edges, with plenty of gender-bending and re-interpretating of Tchaikovsky's classic Christmas fairy tale.

Connie Hwong, Flavorpill

Zellerbach Hall says…

A swirl of dancing snowflakes... a heartwarming "Waltz of the Flowers"... a hilarious and slightly skewed family holiday party! Be part of this popular Bay Area holiday tradition as Mark Morris's classic The Hard Nut — a retro-modern take on the beloved Nutcracker tale — returns to Zellerbach Hall.