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To bring to life exhilarating theatrical dance expriences that define Chimera as a key Canadian voice in the contemporary dance mileu, through a range of tiny-to-large projects
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History

The Chimera Project Dance Theatre is a Toronto-based contemporary company, established in 1999 to create and produce original dance events. Described as the "most exciting" and "most original in Canada" (The Globe and Mail), Chimera’s works have garnered accolades including Top 10 performances of the year in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, NOW, and FASHION. Chimera is led by founding artistic director Malgorzata Nowacka-May, acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and educator.

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Chimera performed at the 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 internationally at the Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporanea Lila Lopez, Mexico City, Salinas de Hidalgo, SLP and Salinas de Hidalgo, SLP in Mexico.

Major works in the company repertoire include “Omen” (2018); "Bears Stars and Trees" (2016); "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 2010, our partnership with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen and George Brown Dance has resulted in commissions for George Brown Dance, Ballet Jörgen Canada's Junior Company, and Canada’s Ballet Jörgen itself. While providing rehearsal space for the company, we also created the Company B Lab, a youth mentorship program supporting dozens of young dance artists.

For the past decade Chimera has brought hundreds of emerging dance artists to the Harbourfront Centre Theatre as a part of the annual FRESH BLOOD festival. Presented in partnership with Harbourfront Centre, FRESH BLOOD has become a vital component of the Toronto dance community with partners including Series 8:08, York University, Dances for Small Stage, Toes for Dance, and The Underground.

Educational programming partners include 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 continually diversifies our activity in the area of community building. Our partnership with Sioux Hudson Entertainment Series (Ontario) brought dance education to over 600 northern participants. Other long-term community-building partners include the Capitol Centre (North Bay), Antibes Community Centre (Toronto), Kashachewan (Ontario) and Fort Hope (Ontario).

The company has been collaborating with indigenous artists since 2014, resulting in a repertoire that brings together talents and stories of elders and Indigenous artists from across Canada, including Shirely Horn, and Arik Pipe.

Artists

Malgorzata Nowacka-May

Malgorzata Nowacka-May

Nicholas Longstaff

Nicholas Longstaff

Program Manager
Sophie Dow

Sophie Dow

Artistic Associate
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