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ProArteDanza, the critically acclaimed Toronto dance company that seamlessly blends ballet and modern dance, presents Season 2016, featuring the world premiere of Fearful Symmetries by Roberto Campanella and the Ontario premiere of Robert Glumbek’s acclaimed work Diversion.
Founded by former National Ballet of Canada dancer Joanna Ivey and renowned choreographer Roberto Campanella, ProArteDanza is a unique and visionary dance company, created to showcase the best choreographers and dancers from both ballet and modern dance backgrounds. The fusion of two diverse disciplines celebrates the vibrant potency of both, and demonstrates that choreography can bridge the common divide between each art form.
Through this unique fusion, ProArteDanza offers established dancers the opportunity to continue to share their artistry and inspire younger artists by providing a platform that crosses the boundaries of technical skill and artistic expression. Mixing generations, disciplines and artistic visions allows the company to build a new, cohesive and inclusive world for many dancers, and to develop audiences for both ballet and modern dance.
Born and raised in Rome, Roberto Campanella trained at the Scuola Italiana di Danza Contemporanea. In 1985, he joined the Compagnia Italiana di Danza Contemporanea and later joined the prestigious Aterballetto. In 1993 he joined The National Ballet of Canada where he was soon promoted to soloist and was cast in many classical and contemporary roles. Campanella choreographs predominantly for ProArteDanza, which he founded in 2004, although he also choreographs a wide variety of commissioned works for companies at home and abroad.
He is now a sought-after guest teacher for companies such as The National Ballet of Canada and Stuttgart Ballet as well as companies in Italy, Korea and Japan. In 2001, Campanella was nominated for the Bonnie Bird Choreography Award in London. In 2007, he received the Fellowship Initiative Award from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of the New York City Ballet, and in 2008, Campanella’s first full-length work Alice in Wonderland premiered at Ballet Augsburg in Germany.
He was awarded the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography with co-choreographer Robert Glumbek for … in between…, which premiered at ProArteDanza’s Season 2010.
As a soloist at The Great Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Warsaw, Poland-born Robert Glumbek collaborated with choreographers such as John Neumeier and Maurice Bejart, among others. He came to Canada in 1987 but returned to Europe to work with Kevin O’Day Ballett Nationaltheater Mannheim as a dancer and ballet master from 2002 to 2004. In Canada, he has worked with such choreographers as Bill James, Peter Chin, Dominique Dumais, Christopher House, Serge Bennathan, Holly Small and Tedd Robinson. He was a finalist in the Hanover Choreographic Competition and in the Stuttgart Choreographic Competition, and is a recipient of the NOW Magazine award for Best Dancer of the Year (2006). Glumbek has been honoured with both the K.M. Hunter Artist Award and the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award. He was awarded the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography with co-choreographer Roberto Campanella for … in between…, which premiered at ProArteDanza’s Season 2010.