Who We Are

About The Chimera Project

Visceral and fearless, The Chimera Project (Chimera) is a contemporary dance company recognized for its extreme physical creations and tapping into dark, urban, gritty themes.  Chimera thrives on investigating intersections between kinetic inspirations, spaces, genres, and cultures. Our vision is to empower artistic excellence and to cultivate authentic connections between individuals and worlds that surround us. We foster personal growth and a sense of connection within and beyond the walls of the studio, theatre, school, and community.

The company has three primary areas of activity:

CREATION
– Development and investigation of contemporary dance.

PRODUCTION
– Productions in live venues and on film;
– Collaborations with exceptional dance artists, composers, filmmakers, producers and administrators.

EDUCATION & OUTREACH
– Workshops and dance classes for a broad range of ages and experiences, engagement opportunities for audiences and communities throughout the year;
Company B: Year-round youth mentorship program available through audition to new generations of dancers providing training, performance, and networking opportunities;

Brief History

Established in 1999, Chimera has become a nationally recognized charity producing over twenty of Founding Artistic Director Malgorzata Nowacka’s critically-acclaimed works across Canada and internationally.

The Chimera Project has created for Canada’s most prestigious contemporary dance events and presenters, including Canada Dance Festival, Ottawa; Dancing on the Edge Festival, Vancouver; OFF-Festival Trans-Ameriques, Montreal; DanceWorks Mainstage Series, Toronto; Next Steps, Toronto, Dance Victoria, Victoria and throughout Mexico with the Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporanea Lila Lopez.

Described as “most exciting” and “most original in Canada” (The Globe and Mail), Nowacka’s works have featured many of Toronto’s most sought-after dance artists and  garnered accolades such as Top 10 performances of the year in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, NOW and FASHION.

Major works in the company repertoire include:

  •  “Bird Bee Bat Attack” (in collaboration with Anjelica Scannura) (2015);
  • Alien Lake” (2015)
  •  “Black Or Ange” (2014);
  • “The Wishing Place” (2014)
  •  “One Against Many (2014)
  •  “The Calm Before…” (2012);
  •  “Blood” (2010);
  •  “The Hidden Spot” (2007);
  •  “Keep All Sharp Objects Out of My Way” (2005); and,
  •  “Light Explorations of a Darker Nature” (2003).

Since 2009, Chimera is proud to have brought 297 emerging dance artists to the Harbourfront Centre Theatre (formerly Enwave Theatre) as a part of our annual FRESH BLOOD festival. Presented in partnership with Harbourfront Centre, FRESH BLOOD became a vital component of the Toronto dance community with additional past partners including Series 8:08, York University, Dances for Small Stage, Toes For Dance, and The Underground.

Other educational programming partners have included the Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic School Board, Ohio University, Ryerson University, York University, Pulse, Motus O Dance Theatre, and Dance Ontario. The company also continually diversifies its activity in the area of community building. Highlights include a long-term audience engagement partnership with Sioux Hudson Entertainment Series (Ontario) contributing dance education to over 600 northern participants. Other long-term community-building partners have included the Capitol Centre (North Bay), Antibes Community Centre (Toronto), Kashachewan (Ontario) and Fort Hope (Ontario).

Board and Staff

Board of Directors Season 16/17

Nicholas Longstaff, Chair
Corrie Sakaluk, Treasurer
Leif Bloomquist

Staff

Malgorzata Nowacka
Artistic Director

Jeffrey Baker
Coaching

Brendan Wyatt
Company B, Teacher

Management

Robert Sauvey
Executive Director, DUO

Ademir Iglesias
Senior Bookeeper, DUO

“ …kick-ass… ”

- The Globe and Mail