“ The range and depth of emotion that Campanella draws out of his dancers shows that he is as fine director as he is a choreographer…”
– The Globe and Mail
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 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, Roberto trained from the National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program from which he graduated with distinction. He 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.
Although Roberto choreographs predominantly for ProArteDanza, he also choreographs a wide variety of commissioned works for companies at home and abroad. In 2001, Roberto was nominated for the Bonnie Bird Choreography 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.
Campanella’s first full-length work Alice in Wonderland premiered at Ballet Augsburg in 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.