Past Shows

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Beethoven’s 9th - 2nd Movement - Toronto, Ontario

ProArteDanza Artistic Director Roberto Campanella and Artistic Associate Robert Glumbek co-created a new instalment for their long-term project to choreograph a full evening work to Beethoven’s entire 9th Symphony. In a stunning marriage of unforgettable music and the all-out athleticism of ProArteDanza's outstanding dancers, Beethoven’s 9th - 2nd Movement built on the great success of their previous choreographies to the 1st and 3rd movement of Beethoven’s masterpiece. This work premiered as part of the company's Season 2015. Working with a musical masterpiece is always a daunting task and it is generally accepted that it is all but impossible to choreograph to Beethoven’s music. Nevertheless, Campanella and Glumbek felt that this particular Symphony suggests a physicality that pairs perfectly with the type of movement embodied by ProArteDanza. Beethoven's 9th Symphony - 2nd Movement was the third instalment of what will eventually be a four-part choreographic work. “What is so wonderful about the choreography is that it is not a recreation of music in dance, but a response in dance to the music. Emotions – not beats or rhythms – rule the choreography.” - Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail (2012 on Beethoven’s 9th - 1st Movement)

Choreography: Beethoven’s 9th - 2nd Movement
Music: Symphony No.9, Op. 125: 2nd Movement by Ludwig van Beethoven
Lighting Design: Rasmus Sylvest
Costume Design: Krista Spiker

replace/me - Toronto, Ontario

I lost. So I replaced. A substitute... a stand-in, a relief. A cover, a proxy, an equivalent, a reinstatement that I thought would be the same. Frequent ProArteDanza dancer Ryan Lee made his choreographic debut with this work performed by The Ensemble as part of ProArteDanza's Season 2015. replace/me commented on the relationship of lost and found and questions why we feel the need to duplicate. The dancers used, took care and confronted each other in an exchange of physical virtuosity. Play between dominance and equality asked us if renewal is really new? Or is it just an attempt to break an inevitable pattern.

Choreography: Ryan Lee
Music: Frank Bretschneider and Peter Duimelinks, Solo Andata, AGF, Nicolas Jaar, Max Richter
Lighting Design: Rasmus Sylvest
Costume Design: Krista Spiker

(don’t) Follow the Instructions - Toronto, Ontario

Mauro Astolfi, Artistic Director of Spellbound Contemporary, was commissioned to create (don’t) Follow the Instructions as a world premiere for ProArteDanza as part of the company's Season 2015. The work explored the question of conformity and non-conformity in the pursuit of a meaningful life. Artistic Director Roberto Campanella said he was “honoured to commission a work from a choreographer so established and celebrated in the European scene. Astolfi’s strong classical roots underpin a sophisticated movement vocabulary that is a perfect fit for ProArteDanza’s vision.”

Choreography: Mauro Astolfi
Music: Olafur Arnalds, Garth Knox, Nils Frahm, Alice Ott
Lighting Design: Rasmus Sylvest
Costume Design: Krista Spiker

Short Stories - Toronto, Ontario

Short Stories brought together exceptional artistic talents from across disciplines for an evening of short choreographic works performed with the company's signature "high energy, blowout physicality" (Globe & Mail).

Choreography: Robert Glumbek, Matjash Mrozewski and Adam Paolozza
Lighting Design: Bonnie Beecher

Fractals: a pattern of chaos - Toronto, Ontario

Fractals occur in nature in the development of snowflakes, flowers, or clouds to name a few examples. Both strict order and unpredictable influence are integral to the formation of fractals. This idea of order and chaos, along with, shape and pattern, is reflected in the complexity and variation of artistic creation, in this case, in the physical expression of this theme in choreography.

Choreography: Guillaume Côté
Music: Venetians Snares
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan
Original Lighting Design: Bonnie Beecher
Original Costume Design: Deanna Sciortino
Adapted Costume Design: Raegan Moore

Beethoven's 9th - 3rd Movement - Toronto, Ontario

World Premiere. Working on a musical masterpiece is always a daunting task and it is thought by some that it is all but impossible to choreograph to Beethoven’s music. We are inspired by this particular Symphony because we sincerely believe it suggests a physicality that pairs perfectly with the type of movement aesthetic embodied by ProArteDanza. We approached the choreographic challenge with great respect to this master work. The resulting piece pays homage to this incomparable music.

Choreography: Roberto Campanella and Robert Glumbek
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven
Lighting Design: Oz Weaver
Costume Coordinator: Anisa Tejpar

Beethoven's 9th - 1st Movement

2009 - Commissioned by the Festival International de DansEncore in Trois-Rivières Working with a musical masterpiece is always a daunting task and it is generally accepted that it is all but impossible to choreograph to Beethoven's music. However, we felt that this particular Symphony suggested a physicality that pairs perfectly with the type of movement embodied by ProArteDanza. The resulting piece is an homage to this incomparable music.

Choreography: Roberto Campanella and Robert Glumbek
Music: Symphony No. 9 Op. 125: 1st Movement by Ludwig van Beethoven
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan and Bonnie Beecher

We will... - 2008

"O'Day has fashioned a powerful contest of wills where the two support, tease, destroy and desire each other in mercurial fashion." - Paula Citron, Globe and Mail 2008

Choreography: Kevin O'Day
Music: Excerpts from Lascia Ch'io Pianga sung by Daniel Taylor, by George Frideric Handel
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan and Bonnie Beecher

Expire (World Premiere)

We take breathing for granted: from the moment we are born we take 20,000 breaths a day, without conscious thought. Our physiological and psychological well-being have powerful influence over the simple act of breathing. The experience of stress and suffering makes it both literally and figuratively hard to breathe.

Choreography: Roberto Campanella and Robert Glumbek
Music: #294; Cool Gray 1 from Pan Tone by Hauschka & Hildur Guðnadóttir and Ping, Girls and Radar from Salon des Amateurs by Hauschka
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan
Costume & Set Design:: Melanie McNeill

Fractals: a pattern of chaos - 2011 (World Premiere)

Fractals occur in nature in the development of snowflakes, flowers or clouds to name a few examples. Both strict order and unpredictable influence are integral to the formation of fractals. This idea of order and chaos, along with shape and pattern, is reflected in the complexity and variation of artistic creation, in this case, in the physical expression of this theme in choreography.

Choreography: Guillaume Côté‎
Music: Venetians Snares
Lighting Design: Bonnie Beecher
Costume Design: Deanna Sciortino

Pearline - 2011 (Premiered at Kevin O'Day Mannheim Ballet in Germany in July 2011.)

Choreography: Kevin O'Day
Music: Son House
Lighting Design: Bonnie Beecher

En Parallèle - 2011

In a universe controlled by fixed physical laws, an encounter hinges on a fleeting moment and absolute blind chance. *Roberto dedicated this work to founding Board Member, Andrew Soren, in recognition of his friendship and many years of hard work on ProArteDanza's behalf.

Choreography: Roberto Campanella
Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson, Marc Mellits
Lighting Design: Bonnie Beecher

Verwoben - 2008

Inspired by the concept of intertwining or weaving together (verwoben) in physical dynamics, as well as, in response to music, human interaction and surrounding conditions

Choreography: Robert Glumbek
Music: Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 3 in A-minor, S. Richter (Piano) and M. Rostropovich (Cello)
Lighting Design: Bonnie Beecher
Costume & Set Design:: Deanna Sciortino
Set Construction: Todd Skinner at Production Canada

Decorum - 2005

It is said that we can never truly know what happens in a relationship behind closed doors. Decorum, (originally created for Ballet Jorgen and re-worked for Evelyn Hart and Rex Harrington in 2005) reveals the passionate struggle behind the public façade.

Choreography: Roberto Campanella
Music: Tabula Rasa, 1. Ludus – Con Moto from Silencio: Part, Glass & Martynov by Arvo Pärt
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan
Costume Design: Melanie McNeill

Shifting Silence - Mannheim, Germany

Canadian Premiere. “When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death.” – Eda LeShan

Choreography: Robert Glumbek
Music: J.S. Bach, Senking
Lighting Design: Oz Weaver
Original Lighting Design: Damian Chmielarz
Costume Design: Raegan Moore
Original Costume Design: Jürgen Kirner