It's been called a stunning take on a timeless classic, and the perfect first Nutcracker--a powerful and beautiful thing to behold.
Now for the first time, the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers has released the magic of Shumka’s Nutcracker on video for download. Featuring Shumka and guests from the Kyiv Ballet - National Opera of Ukraine, the famed Virsky Ukrainian Folk Dance Ensemble, the former Cite Ballet, Viter Ukrainian Folk Choir, and the Shumka School of Dance, this rendition of the Christmas classic promises the elegance of classical ballet blended with the power and grace of Ukrainian character dance.
Enhanced with Ukrainian Christmas traditions including choral carols, this luxurious production features additional music by Ukrainian composer Yuri Shevchenko, sets and costumes by the National Opera of Ukraine’s Maria Levitska, and choreographic direction from Kyiv Ballet’s Viktor Lytvynov. Additional choreography by Shumka’s John Pichlyk and Cite Ballet’s Jorden Morris.