Malgorzata Nowacka (Founding Artistic Director, The Chimera Project) started performing at the age of 17 in the production of Metro in Warsaw, Poland. Her formative training background includes ballet at the School of Classical and Contemporary Dance, directed by Bengt Jorgen (Toronto); Horton and Ballet with Debbie Wilson (Toronto), and the school of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (New York). She attended The Ontario College of Art and Design where she pursued classical Drawing, Painting and Integrated Arts.
Nowacka’s artistic vision has been clearly articulated from the beginning, and her experimental and adventurous approach to choreography has earned her accolades from her artistic peers, media, students and audiences.
Nowacka is the recipient of the Toronto Emerging Artist Award, the Paula Citron Award, a Chalmers Award (twice), The Globe and Mail Award in 2008 and was the 2013 finalist for the Canadian Dance Assembly’s “I love dance/J’aime la danse” award for Innovation. Her work is repeatedly highlighted in best-of-the-year lists in The Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, and the Toronto Star.