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Photo courtesy Susana Millman.

Mark Morris Dance Group performs Violet Cavern.

Mark Morris’s Hard Nut, a swingin’ ’70s send-up of The Nutcracker set to (finally!) make its Seattle debut this December after 20 years on stage, has been canceled, according to Seattle Theatre Group. No nuts for us.

"Funding challenges led both organizations to a mutual decision to move Hard Nut to a future date," public relations manager Amanda Bedell said in a statement. (That’s typically code for "the sets are too big and there are too many dancers to schlep across the country this year.") "But STG remains committed to Mark Morris Dance Group and presenting Mark Morris’s work."

Scheduled in its place is a Mark Morris repertory program that includes the Seattle premiere of Festival Dance, a new work this year in honor of the group’s 30th anniversary. Romantic chamber music—a piano trio by Mozart protégé Johann Nepomuk Hummel—sets the tone for the cheery pastoral, with six couples enjoying the bliss and gaiety of social dance. The piece also features MMDG principal dancer and Seattle native Aaron Loux.

Also on the bill: Violet Cavern (2004), an art-dance collaboration that debuted here in 2005 with its dancers spinning beneath kaleidoscopic panels to an original score by improv jazz trio the Bad Plus.

Mark Morris Dance Group performs at the Moore Theatre December 1-3. More info on tickets to follow.