Roberto Campanella is an Italian actor and choreographer known for his roles as Colin and Pyramid Head in Silent Hill. Besides being an actor in Silent Hill, Roberto was also the lead choreographer. He returned as Pyramid Head in Silent Hill: Revelation.
On April 17, 1968, Roberto Campanella was born and raised in Rome. He trained at the Scuola Italiana di Danza Contemporanea. In 1985, Campanella joined the Compagnia Italiana di Danza Contemporanea and became a principal dancer. Shortly after, he began to dance in various TV productions in Italy and Spain. Roberto later joined the prestigious Aterballetto, and 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.
Campanella made his choreographic debut at the National Ballet's 1995 Choreographic Workshop, which received critical acclaim, including from Dance Magazine, which stated: "The fascinating, enigmatic work shows a brilliant choreographer in the making". Although Campanella choreographs predominantly for ProArteDanza, he also choreographs a wide variety of commissioned works for galas abroad and companies such as Collaborations, L'Astragale, Ballet Jörgen Canada, Echine-do, Arts Umbrella, and Corpus. Campanella is also a long-time collaborator of four-time world champion figure skater Kurt Browning and has choreographed six pieces which have been featured in Stars on Ice and television specials. The Nine Sentiments (co-choreographed with Robert Glumbek) was filmed for CBC's Opening Night, directed by former National Ballet of Canada's prima ballerina Veronica Tennant.
Upon retiring from the National Ballet in 1996, Roberto graduated from the National Ballet School's teacher training program 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.
Campanella appeared as the lead in Mose Mossanen's film Time to Time, Roxana, and The Year of the Lion, for which he was nominated for a Gemini Award as Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program.
In 2001, Roberto was nominated for the Bonnie Bird Choreography Award in London.
Roberto now lives in Toronto, Canada, and has two daughters: Giorgia and Maya.
- During filming of Silent Hill, Roberto was sent home to save money. Because of his absence, a scene involving the Armless Man went so horribly wrong that they were forced to rewrite the entire sequence so that Anna would meet Rose Da Silva and Cybil Bennett inside the Grand Hotel, rather than the two women saving her from an Armless Man on the hotel's doorstep.
- Roberto wore stilted shoes to attain the 7-foot-tall appearance of Pyramid Head.
- The prosthetic legs Roberto wore for the Colin costume were given the nickname "Roberto's Kermit legs".
- Roberto runs the ProArteDanza studio in Toronto, Canada.
- Campanella was also the choreographer on the remake of Stephen King's It in 2017. Additionally, he also took a role as one of the clowns.
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