The Kosky hyper modernistic interpretation of Jacques Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann is undeniably clear: dare to enter the embrace of Eros and live to write tales about it.
'Tis the season.
"I am experiencing a kind of crisis," Tchaikovsky wrote gloomily, after being ordered by the tzar's flunkeys to compose a ballet score for a flimsy tale centred around children, rats and a candy kingdom. After the glory of The Sleeping Beauty, the Nutcracker commission seemed like an insult.
Nutcracker, Interrupted: Mark Morris' The Hard Nut Is a Delightfully Zany Take on the Beloved Holiday Ballet
From the moment the curtain rises onto a pack of booze-swilling suburbanites engaged in a libidinous promenade, it's clear The Hard Nut is not your ordinary Nutcracker.