Uncompromising and unconventional, “bad girl” (The Globe and Mail) of contemporary dance Malgorzata Nowacka founded The Chimera Project and quickly the company burst onto the dance scene with hyper-physical creations. Searching for a kinetic language that conveys emotional intensity, her works explore spontaneity while fearlessly tapping into urgent, contemporary, gritty themes. Under her artistic direction The Chimera Project continues to flourish on the Canadian dance scene.Born into a family of artists in Warsaw, Poland, Nowacka studied visual arts with her parents and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto) which informs the strong visual, cinematic, aspect of her creations. Her dance training includes The School of Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre (New York, NY), Bengt Jörgen’s The School of Classical and Contemporary Dance (Toronto), and with Elizabeth Langley (Montreal). Nowacka created over 15 critically acclaimed works described as “most exciting” and “most original in Canada” (The Globe and Mail) and have garnered accolades such as Top 10 performances of the year in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, NOW and FASHION. Her recognition also includes best of International Dance Festival (Toronto, 2005), the Paula Citron fFIDA Award, Toronto Emerging Artist Award, the Most Fearless Change of Direction Award, (Globe and Mail 2008), Dance Ontario Commission and the Chalmers Award (Ontario Arts Council). Her creations were showcased in some of Canada’s most prestigious contexts, including the Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), DanceWorks Mainstage series (Toronto), Dance Victoria (Victoria), and Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver). In 2010 Nowacka was invited to create a full length ballet, ICARUS, for Ballet Jörgen Canada which has toured nationally since. Nowacka’s works were awarded three Bravo!FACT film commissions for I can almost, directed by Gregory Nixon, You’re It directed by James Cooper, and I’m right behind you, directed by Jeff Nesker, all screened at festivals worldwide. Nowacka is a featured choreographer n Philip Szporer and Marlene Millar’s Moments in Motion, part one and two, a documentary highlighting the most promising dance artists in Canada Malgorzata Nowacka continues to perform as a featured dancer with The Chimera Project, and has also worked with numerous choreographers and companies including Motus O Dance Theatre, Bageshree Vase, Jack Shi of Little Pear Garden Collective, Kathleen Rea, Ballet Espressiovo, and Rebecca Todd. As an artist in touch with the “disaffected youth zeitgeist” (The Globe and Mail) she is a sought-after educator who has taught and choreographed in high schools and universities including Ohio University, Ryerson University, McMaster University, George Brown College, and Earl Haig.