Vision & History
Founded by former National Ballet of Canada dancer and renowned choreographer Roberto Campanella, ProArteDanza is a new, unique, visionary dance company, created to showcase the best choreographers and dancers from both ballet and modern dance backgrounds. The fusion of two such diverse disciplines celebrates the vibrant potency of both and demonstrates that choreography can bridge the common divide between each art form.
Through its unique fusion of ballet and modern dance, 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.
In 2004, ProArteDanza brought together some of Canada’s best dancers and choreographers, in three sold-out and critically acclaimed shows in Hamilton and Toronto. Canadian ballet stars Rex Harrington and Evelyn Hart led a spectacular roster of ballet and modern dancers in an evening of choreography, which included works by Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbek and James Kudelka.
In 2005, ProArteDanza presented a second showcase of the country’s best talent, including: Martine Lamy, former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada; Stephanie Hutchinson, current first soloist with the National Ballet of Canada; Robert Glumbek of the Mannheim Ballet in Germany and Toronto’s Dancemakers; Mario Radocovsky former principal dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens; Danielle Denichaud former dancer with the Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal; and, returning prima ballerina, Evelyn Hart, formerly of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
2006 brought a breathtaking show to Toronto featuring Stephanie Hutchinson, Robert Glumbek, Danielle Denichaud, Johanna Bergfeldt, Christopher Body, and new addition Guillaume Côté, principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada. The show featured works by Campanella and Glumbek, as well as American choreographer Kevin O’Day, whose work is in the repertoire of Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Projects, The Royal Danish Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, but had never been seen in Toronto.
In 2007, ProArteDanza featured four world premiers by Campanella, Glumbek and Matjash Mozewski. The company also moved to the Premiere Dance Theatre and has been programmed as part of the Harbourfront Centre NextSteps series, where Torontonians have come to expect some of the world's most cutting edge and highly respected companies.