The 9th! is a 21st century perspective on Beethoven’s 9th Symphony which explores social and political themes through the visceral experience expressed by Beethoven’s music and performed with the company’s intense physicality.
Inspired by the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Campanella and Glumbek explore walls, both literal and figurative, and their continued symbolism in contemporary social and political discourse. Beethoven’s monumental masterpiece, Symphony No. 9, is a pure and direct masterwork of communication that never becomes banal; a victory for humanity which builds upon bonds between “brothers and sisters” who come together in joy, freedom, unity and love.
Premiered in 2019 at the Fleck Theatre, Toronto.
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Choreography: Roberto Campanella and Robert Glumbek
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan
Costumes: Krista Dowson-Spiker
Digital Graphic Design: Screen Industry Research and Training Centre (SIRT) in collaboration with OccupiedVR
SIRT Director: David Dexter
Research Project Specialist: Bronwyn MacDowell
Jr. Project Coordinator: Cindy Cardozo
Virtual Production Lead: Spencer Idenouye
Production Lead: Jason Hunter
Jr. Film Production Specialist: Kevin Santos
Jr. Film Post-Production Specialist: Emerson Chan
Rehearsal Director: Tori Mehaffey
Production Management: Pip Bradford
Stage Manager: Jennifer Lee