In The Hard Nut, Mark Morris gives Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker a contemporary spin filled with laughter and brilliant dance. Performed to the complete Tchaikovsky score and based on the story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the reworked ballet is set in 1970s suburbia, complete with go-go boots, hip huggers, and G.I. Joes. This Emmy-nominated production was filmed live at the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels.