Artistic Director, Resident Choreographer
Born and raised in Rome, Roberto Campanella trained at the Scuola Italiana di Danza Contemporanea. In 1985, Roberto joined the Compagnie 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. Roberto made his choreographic debut at the National Ballet of Canada’s 1995 Choreographic Workshop and upon retiring from the National Ballet in 1996, he trained with the National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program and graduated with distinction. Roberto 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, 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 October 2008. Roberto 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. More recently Roberto choreographed for the Academy Award winning The Shape of Water and was awarded the Empire Community Award from the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, the Dance Spirit Award for Outstanding Cinematic Choreography and the 2018 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award.
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.
Award-winning ballerina Evelyn Hart is an internationally renowned dancer and one of Canada’s most treasured artists.
After studying in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Professional Division, where she trained under David Moroni, she joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1976, becoming a soloist in 1978 and principal dancer in 1979. Over her 30-year career with the RWB, she performed on stages in over 118 countries and on every continent. With David Peregrine as her partner, Hart entered the World Ballet Concours in Osaka, Japan in 1980 and they won a bronze medal. The same year she was honoured as the first Canadian to be awarded a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. She also received the rarely awarded Certificate of Exceptional Artistic Achievement. Noted for her musicality and lyricism, Hart brought her trademark artistic and dramatic approach to the classical
full-length roles in Giselle, Swan Lake, Onegin, Sleeping Beauty, Anna Kareninna, Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet. A few of her favourite roles included ballets created by Sir Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, Jirí Kylián, Norbert Vesak, Vincente Nebrada, Hans van Manen, Rudi van Dantzig, George Balanchine and James Kudelka. During her illustrious dance career, she has danced with some of the world’s leading male dancers such as Sir Anthony Dowell, Richard Cragun, Patrick Bissell, Andris Liepa, Jose Carreño, Alexei Ratmansky, Manuel Legris and Rex Harrington. She enjoyed major associations with other well-known companies such as the National Ballet of Canada, Bayerische Staatsballett and the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, in addition to guest performances with companies
and international galas around the world. Most recently she performed Roberto Campanella’s pas de duex Decorum E with Rex Harrington at the Montreal’s Gala Des Etoiles and Mario Radocovsky’s pas de deux Inspiration for Toronto’s ProArteDanza. She also narrated a Virtuosi concert in Winnipeg for the CBC Radio Two’s In Performance and has begun to teach master classes in Rimini Italy, Yokohama Japan and Vancouver B.C. A 50-minute film about Hart entitled Moment of Light: The Dance of Evelyn Hart was produced in 1992 by Blue Morpho Films with the National Film Board of Canada. Max Wyman wrote a biography entitled Evelyn Hart: an Intimate Portrait published by McClelland & Stewart. She will also be profiled in an upcoming CBC TV Life & Times. Evelyn Hart became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1983 and was promoted to Companion in 1994. In
1987, she was named Manitoba’s Woman of the Year. McMaster University and the University of Manitoba presented her with honorary doctorates in 1989. She has received two ACTRA Awards for her performances on television of Belong and as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, both for CBC TV. She was awarded the Chalmers Award for excellence in the arts and inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2000. In 2001, Hart received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award to recognize her lifetime achievement in the performing arts. She was nominated with Rex Harrington for a 2005 Gemini for Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series for Veronica Tennant’s A Pairing of Swans which aired on CBC TV’s Opening Night. Miss Hart is a gem. She has the ineffable image of greatness about her.
– Clive Barnes, The New York Post