Choreographers

Robert Glumbek

Artistic Associate, Resident Choreographer

Upon graduation from Bytom State Ballet School in Poland, Robert Glumbek joined The Great Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Warsaw as a soloist where he worked with choreographers including John Neumeier, Maurice Bejart, Hans Van Manen, John Butler, and Constantine Siergiejew. In 1987, Glumbek came to Canada and worked for a variety of companies – including Theatre Ballet of Canada in Ottawa with Larry Gradus, the Judith Marcuse Company in Vancouver; and Myth Productions with Learie McNichols  - before dancing with Desrosiers Dance Theatre from 1990 – 2000 where he was instrumental in the creation of many roles. Robert worked with the Mannheim Ballett as dancer and ballet master from 2002 to 2004 and then returned to Canada in 2004 to work as an independent artist and choreographer. Glumbek has appeared in works independently, most notably: Greece’s 1998 Gala des Etoiles festival with Karen Kain, directed by Dominique Dumais; the role of Mars, Canadian Opera Company’s 2001 production of Venus and Adonis, choreographed by Serge Bennathan; and 32 Silver Pieces, DanceMakers, choreographed by Marie Josee Cartier (Dora winner). Robert has worked with choreographers: Kevin O’Day, Bill James, Peter Chin, Michael Downing (Dancefront), Dominique Dumais, Christopher House, Serge Bennathan, Holly Small, Learie McNicolls, Tedd Robinson. Robert’s first creations as co-choreographer with Roberto Campanella (pre-ProArteDanza) include: Nothing Twice, inspired by poet Nobel winner Szymborska; and the first incarnation of Nine Sentiments with poetry read by Michael Ondaatje, which became the catalyst for forming ProArteDanza. Robert became Artistic Associate of ProArteDanza in 2004 where he has since created a number of acclaimed original works.  Robert has also created works for Mannheim Ballett, princess productions, Toronto Dance Theatre, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, CCDT, Arts Umbrella, Ryerson University and York University. He was a finalist in the Hanover Choreographic Competition and in the Stuttgart Choreographic Competition, is a recipient of the Now Magazine award for Best Dancer of the Year (2006), and has been honoured with both the K.M. Hunter Artist Award and the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award. Robert is a four-time Dora Mavor Moore nominee, and was the co-recipient with Roberto Campanella for their choreography of … in between … in 2010.  Robert created three new works in 2013: a full-length work, Casanova (UA), for Mannheim Ballet; the co-creation Four Season with Kevin O’Day; Once Upon A Time for Szczecin Ballet in Poland for which Robert was presented the Jon Jiepura award for best choreographer in Poland.

John Ottmann

Dramaturge / Rehearsal Director - Season 2015

John Ottmann’s career spans 30 years and encompasses the roles and responsibilities of a dancer, choreographer, teacher, rehearsal director and artistic director. He has garnered a reputation as a highly versatile dance artist and inspiring mentor known for pushing and crossing the boundaries of ballet and contemporary dance. A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, Ottmann has worked with several companies including the National Ballet of Canada, Ballet British Columbia, Fortier Danse Créations, Holy Body Tattoo, Mascall Dance and he co-founded the collective, Quorum. Ottmann has also taught and/or rehearsal directed for organizations including: Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, Cirque du Soleil (“ZAIA”), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, BJM Danse, La La La Human Steps, Coleman Lemieux Company, Compangnie Marie Chouinard, O Vertigo Danse, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Toronto Dance Theater, Ballet B.C., Dutch National Ballet, Transformation Danse, Danceteq, Vancouver Ballet Society, Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts, Main Dance Bridging Program, Simon Fraser University, LADMMI, Ryerson University. Ottmann’s choreographic work has been featured at The Canada Dance Festival, the Vancouver International Dance Festival, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Fringe Festival Montreal, Dancing on the Edge Festival, and the National Ballet of Canada choreographic workshop. This summer he presented a new work at the ProArteDanza Summer Intensive. As the Artistic Director of the Quinte Ballet School biographies of Canada from 2009-2011 he implemented his progressive approach to teaching and mentoring dancers. Currently Ottmann teaches at Ryerson University, Centennial College and is a course director at York University where he also completed a Master’s degree in dramaturgy for dance. He has been part of ProArteDanza’s artistic and administrative team since 2012.

Roberto Campanella

Artistic Director / Resident Choreographer

Born and raised in Rome, Roberto Campanella trained at the Scuola Italiana di Danza Contemporanea. In 1985, Roberto joined the Compagnia Italiana di Danza Contemporanea and later the prestigious Aterballetto. In 1993, he joined the National Ballet of Canada where he was soon poromoted to soloist and was cast in many classical and contemporary roles. Roberto made his choreographic debut at the National Ballet of Canada's Choreographic Workshop and upon retiring from the National Ballet in 1996, he graduates with distinction from the National Ballet School's Teacher Training Program. Beyond ProArteDanza, Roberto has been choreographing and teaching for companies at home and abroad. In 2001, Roberto was nominated for the Bonnie Bird 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, he was awarded a Chalmers Professional Development Grant. Roberto's first full-length work, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, premiered at Ballet Augsburg, Germany, in 2008. Roberto was awarded the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Oustanding Choreography with co-choreographer, Robert Glumbek, for ...IN BETWEEN..., which premiered at ProArteDanza's Season 2010. For over a decade now, Roberto has also been choreographing for TV and Film for shows such as SILENT HILL, SAVE THE LAST DANCE 2, POMPEII, THE EXPANSE, THE STRAIN, A NUTCRACKER CHRISTMAS, just to name a few.

Ryan Lee

Choreographer - Season 2015

Independent Dance Artist Ryan Lee graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and has been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers; Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbek, Christopher House, Emily Molnar, Hanna Kiel, Stepĥen Pier, Tino Segal, Menaka Thakkar, Darryl Tracey, D.A Hoskins, and Guillaume Cote. Ryan has also been able to work with such companies as ProArteDanza, Toronto Dance Theatre, Keaja d'Dance, Anandam Dancetheatre, Larchaud Dance Project, inDANCE, TOES for Dance, The Little Pear Conservatory, The Chimera Project, AKA Dance and The Scandelles.  In 2011 Ryan was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble for In between by ProArteDanza.  In 2014 Ryan was honoured with the Jack McAllister Award from Ryerson University.  Ryan is also very involved in dance education, working with young dancers and emerging artists across Canada.  He has taught at The Conteur Academy, Ryerson University, DanceTeq, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Metro Movement, City Dance Corps and the National Ballet’s In Studio Series.  Ryan has made choreographic works for ProArteDanza, Ballet Jorgen, Anandam Dancetheatre, Conteur Dance, George Brown College and The Emerging Artist Intensive.  

​Guillaume Côté

Guillaume Côté is a native of Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec. He studied at Canada’s National Ballet School and joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1999.  He quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2004.  Since then, Mr. Côté has danced most of the major classical roles with the National Ballet of Canada and has been the leading male figure of the company.  A much requested guest artist, Mr. Côté has danced with the English National Ballet, The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Teatro alla Scala, the Mikhailosky Theater of St-Petersburg, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Berlin’s Staatsoper and the Hamburg Ballet to name a few. In 2013, in addition to his position as a Principal Dancer, Mr. Côté assumed the role of Choreographic Associate with the National Ballet of Canada.  Mr. Côté’s work No. 24 won third prize at Ballet Society Hanover’s 25th International Competition in 2011 and entered the National Ballet’s repertoire in 2013. In 2012, his work Enkeli won the Audience Choice Award for Best Choreography at The Tenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize. That same year, his work for ProArteDanza, Fractals: a pattern of chaos, was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography. In 2013, Being and Nothingness (Part 1) entered The National ballet of Canada's repertoire and the full programme will makes its World Premiere as part of the 2014/15 Season.  In April 2014, Mr. Côté was commissioned by Canada’s National Arts Centre to create a new work entitled Body of Work for the Governor General Awards.  More recently, Mr. Côté created Dance Me to the End of Love on music by Leonard Cohen as part of an all Guillaume Côté evening, which opened the Festival des Arts de Saint Sauveur in July 2014. Mr. Côté choreographed and starred in the short film Lost in Motion in 2012, which was presented at the Toronto International Film Festival. Lost in Motion II which was released in late 2013, was also choreographed by Mr. Côté and made its film festival debut at the Dance on Camera Festival in New York City. Both films received rave reviews and have been viewed more than 2 million times online. In 2011, Mr. Côté was awarded “La médaille de l’Assemblée Nationale du Québec”, a prestigious award from the province of Québec for his work in the arts.  In September 2014, Mr. Côté was named the Artistic Director of the Festival des Arts de Saint Sauveur, the largest summer dance festival in the country.