Shumka’s Nutcracker blends the grace and lyrical nature of classical movement with the strength and power of Ukrainian character dance, leaving audiences exhilarated and entertained. The cast of over 80 features Shumka dancers, local youth from the Veselka Ukrainian Dance Association, the Clara’s Dream Choir, and special guest artists from Ukraine’s top dance companies. The legendary score with specially added compositions is performed by the Victoria Symphony.
Touted as “Canada’s Ukrainian Nutcracker,” the production is a folk ballet based on the timeless Christmas classic. The production incorporates Ukrainian traditions, folk and character dance, grand orchestral versions of the legendary score with specially added compositions, and Ukrainian symbols woven into lavish sets and costumes. The performance is a graceful, joyfully conceived presentation of enchantment embracing a classic tale of young Clara and her dream Prince. The production features choreography by National Artist of Ukraine Viktor Lytvynov and Shumka’s John Pichlyk; additional music and score adaptations by Honoured Artist of Ukraine Yuri Shevchenko; and costume/set design by National Artist of Ukraine Maria Levitska.