OUR VISION & HISTORY

Now in our 16th year, ProArteDanza is a professional repertory dance company driven by the principle: Passion in Performance. We share this outlook with our growing and diverse audiences through our performances, community engagement activities, and training programs. ProArte promotes and nurtures excellence in contemporary dance and functions in a collaborative fashion; infusing passion into everything we are engaged in, both onstage and off. Under the vision of Artistic Director, Roberto Campanella and Artistic Associate, Robert Glumbek, ProArte is a dynamic artistic venture that, since inception, has garnered a reputation for producing performances of high artistic standards and production values.

The company’s vision is to: 

  • create and commission original works by Canadian and international choreographers;
  • remount/revisit successful works from our repertoire;
  • acquire works from the repertoire of other companies or choreographers;
  • create access to a diverse public through training and performance presentations;
  • provide a safe, equitable environment for artistic exploration; and
  • be a leader in our realm of small-scale performing arts organizations.

Our vision springs from the desire for human and social connection. We strive to create an environment in which artists, students, audiences, and the dance community at large, can fully embrace and experience the phenomenon of human response and artistic creation in every way.

New productions are vital to the company’s future, helping to engage our audiences, raise the company’s profile in the community and strengthening connections with both our public and private funding partners. Original works and work new to our audiences excite our artists and our public and lead to invitations to tour to new communities, expanding our season and keeping our dancers in performance.

Since inception, 41 original dance works have been created and presented by ProArteDanza, featureing commissions by both establsihed and emerging Canadian choreographers as well as repeat international collaborators. Highlights include:

  • 2004: The first presentation under the umbrella of Campanella & Friends is performed;
  • 2005: ProArteDanza is incorporated and achieves charitable status. Starting in 2005, ProArte presents an annual Fall Season;
  • 2007: ProArte establishes the Summer Intensive Program (SIP) to foster the development of contemporary dancers ages 19+;
  • 2009: Our first full evening work is presented – the first instalment of “The Beethoven;s 9th Project” – the beginning of a 10-year process;
  • 2011: ProArteDanza is awarded the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography;
  • 2013: A Spring Choreographics Workshop is established to develop new work;
  • 2015: On ongoing series of public masterclasses is established and the SIP training is expanded to ages 15-18;
  • 2017: SIP includes a program for ages 12-14; and 
  • 2019: ProArte’s largest undertaking to-date “The Beethoven’s 9th Project” is presented.