Shumka's Nutcracker

"Clara's Dream"

presented by Northgate Industries Ltd.   Sid and Nellie Braaksma

About the Show



A leading, independent arts and entertainment producer, Michael Sulyma began his company while exploring the realm of television and film production, starting with his work at the National Screen Institute of Canada. Combining his arts background with his degree in business and years of experience with the accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand, Michael became a busy production manager, producing numerous projects for Stage West, television and London’s West End. Michael has also produced 24 years of international tours of The Kyiv Ballet of the National Opera of Ukraine and Canada’s Ukrainian Shumka Dancers.


In 2005, Michael Sulyma became Co-Producer with Beijing’s China Heaven Creation of a new Chinese multi-discipline production, Chun Yi:  The Legend of Kung Fu a unique integration of modern dance, ballet and Buddhist Kung Fu.  Chun Yi made its first six-month/150 performance showcase tour in North America followed by tours to Russia, Japan, Spain and India. Chun Yi had its West End premiere in London with a summer run in 2009 at The London Coliseum.  Chun Yi continues its open-ended run in Beijing exceeding over 10,000 performances to date.  It is the longest running theatrical production in China.


Michael has produced 12 national and international tours for Canada’s Ukrainian Shumka Dancers. SPI toured their 50th anniversary production of Shumka at 50 to 14 cities for 23 shows in China as well as 10 Canadian cities.


Artists of the Kyiv Ballet and Shumka joined forces for SPI’s THE NUTCRACKER, a ballet fantasy (which toured more than 100 performances over 7 years) and Snow White and the Seven Gnomes of Christmas.  Excerpts of The Nutcracker were produced for the seasonal touring spectacular, A Royal Christmas starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Andrea Bocelli, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and principal dancers from Royal Ballet Covent Garden, Bolshoi Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.


SPI’s television documentary, Shumka - Return of the Whirlwind captured Shumka’s monumental 1990 tour to Ukraine and Moscow, winning numerous accolades and awards, including a National Television Gemini Award nomination.  He subsequently produced Shumka’s Katrusia, Cycles of the Sun, and Night of Perun for CBC Television.  SPI’s films have been seen in over 37 countries.


SPI’s current Canada-Ukraine collaboration is The Ukrainian Nutcracker, a full-length presentation of the beloved E.T.A. Hoffman story. An historical first, this Ukrainian folk ballet representation of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker unites three world famous Ukrainian dance companies:  Canada’s Shumka Dancers, Virsky - Ukraine’s State Folk Dance Company and The Kyiv Ballet. This production has become Edmonton’s own Nutcracker and SPI, together with Shumka, is also proud to collaborate with local guest artists Citie Ballet and Viter Ukrainian Folk Choir. This ground breaking production premiered as Clara’s Dream at Edmonton’s Jubilee Auditorium in January 2013 and is now known as SHUMKA’S NUTCRACKER.

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