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Three Nutcrackers Hit NYC Next Year

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The American Ballet Theater and Mark Morris Dance Group plan to present versions of the ballet next year at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The American Ballet Theater will present a new production of Tchaikovsky's classic next December at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of a new partnership with BAM. The ABT's Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky will choreograph the show, and it will have a run each December through 2014.

But the ABT's version of the ballet isn't the only one finding a home in Brooklyn. The New York Times reports the Mark Morris Dance Group will stage its version of the "Nutcracker," called "The Hard Nut," at the Brooklyn Academy just before the Ballet Theater's version opens. The Morris presentation will celebrate the production's 30th season.

Both of these productions will run in addition to the Balanchine version of the "Nutcracker" that the New York City Ballet has performed since 1954. But the City Ballet doesn't seem to be feeling threatened. The NYT reports Peter Martins, the company's ballet master in chief, said,

"The more the merrier. If they're able to do a 'Nutcracker' at BAM and attract more people to the ballet, I think it's better for all of us."

The Ballet Theater's new production is expected to be an important new source of income.