The Arts

Harbourfront Centre – ProArteDanza

by Paula Citron

The contemporary ballet company ProArteDanza, under artistic director Roberto Campanella, performed to a sold out house and enthusiastic cheers. ProArte’s hard edge choreography, whether on or off point, gives the troupe its au current sensibility despite technique anchored in classical ballet.

The 16 dancers are from the National Ballet, Ballet Jörgen Canada, Toronto Dance Theatre, or from Toronto’s indie community. Impeccably trained, these are the kind of dance artists who make choreography look good.

This fourth season follows the successful ProArte mandate of short repertoire pieces, some very accessible, some more demanding. For the first time, the company is using live music for four of the dances. In short, Campanella knows how to put together a class act.

Not all the choreography is perfect, but everything is well-worth watching. With at least three of the six works pushing the choreographic button, ProArteDanza is not taking the easy road to success, and that’s good news.

ProArteDanza continues at until Saturday.

From Premiere Dance Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.

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