This was originally a stage production, but rather than taping or filming it in a theatre with a live audience, Baryshnikov chose to have the sets enlarged and taped it in a television studio with no audience.
Although Raymond Serrano and his wife Christine Spizzo Serrano are, according to some websites, supposed to have appeared in this production, they are not listed in the credits. Serrano danced the role of Drosselmeyer at one time, but the role was originated in the Baryshnikov production by Alexander Minz, and Minz dances it here.
Some of Mikhail Baryshnikov's choreography for this production of "The Nutcracker" (not just the choreography for the "Snowflake Waltz") is heavily based on Vassily Vainonev's choreography for a famous 1934 Russian production of the ballet. Baryshnikov directly uses virtually all of Vaynonen's choreography for the "Snowflake Waltz" (for which Vaynonen receives screen credit), but only bits and pieces of the rest of the Vaynonen work.