From Full Bloom to The Four Seasons

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Since their internationally acclaimed collaboration Full Bloom in 2009, O’Day, Artistic Director of Ballett Nationaltheater Mannheim and Toronto-based dancer/choreographer Glumbek, have paired up once again to create a new work set to Max Richter’s adaptation of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

As we count down the days to the North American premiere of The Four Seasons, we thought we would share some details about the two artists, O’Day and Glumbek, bringing the production to the stage.

O’Day trained with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, joined the company, and began performing with Twyla Tharp in 1984. From 1988 to 1991, he was a soloist with American Ballet Theatre, and from 1992 to 1995 he danced with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, and as a guest dancer with the New York City Ballet. After making his choreographic début in 1994 with White Oak, O’Day choreographed more than 30 original works for companies including the New York City Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The National Ballet of Canada, Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet BC and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Since he became director of Ballett Mannheim, the 14-dancer company has developed an original, contemporary repertoire with no less than three original creations a year.

Upon graduation from Bytom State Ballet School in Poland, Glumbek joined The Great Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Warsaw as a soloist where he worked with choreographers such as John Neumeier, Maurice Bejart and Hans Van Manen. In 1987, Glumbek came to Canada and worked for a variety of companies including the Judith Marcuse Company in Vancouver and Ottawa’s Theatre Ballet of Canada, before settling in 1990 with Desrosiers Dance Theatre where he danced for ten years. Glumbek joined Ballett Mannheim in 2002 as dancer and ballet master and returned to Canada in 2004 to work as an independent artist and choreographer. Glumbek joined ProArteDanza as Artistic Associate in 2004. Glumbek has been honoured with the K.M. Hunter Artist Award and the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award. In 2009, Glumbek shared the stage with Kevin O’Day and Luches Huddleston Jr. in the critically-acclaimed trio Full Bloom. A four-time Dora Mavor Moore nominee, he and Roberto Campanella were co-recipients of the 2010 Dora Award for Outstanding Choreography for ProArteDanza’s … in between… . Glumbek continues to choreograph and perform in Canada, Germany and Poland.

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The Four Seasons runs March 6 – 8, 2014 at 8pm at the Enwave Theatre. For tickets call 416.973.4000 or email education@danceworks.ca for a special student and educator promotional code.

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