Artistic Associate and Dancer
Winnipeg-born Sophie Dow is an emerging dance and music artist, inspired by interdisciplinary collaboration and her Métis-Assiniboine (and settler) roots, while sharing passions for busking, yoga and adventure. She holds a specialized honours degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from York University, graduating with Distinction and receiving multiple scholarships for excellence in fine arts.
In 2018 and 2019, Sophie toured across Turtle Island as a company member and independently. Highlights from the tours featured performing in opening ceremonies of Shambhala Music Festival(Salmo River, BC), filming with Vero Films (Vancouver, BC) and teaching dance in schools on reserves and in urban contexts (BC, AB, SK, MB.)
With a unique list of credits deeply impacting her creative process and vocabulary, Sophie has performed works by Susan Lee, Carol Anderson, Malgorzata Nowacka-May, Mateo Galindo Torres and Brett Taylor to name a few. She has also collaborated on solo works with Alexandra Winters and Kiera Shaw.
Consistently nurturing and evolving her inventive voice, choreographing for a varied range of movers has exploded the boundaries of Sophie’s creations and curiosities. From school creative movement workshops, public school musicals, recreational and competitive studio pieces, to ceremonies for festivals and professional independent shows, her divisive visions focus on connecting deeply and collaborating with interpreters, audiences and the natural world. Sophie is always playing with a multi-faceted approach that speaks to her many disciplines, typically including composing and recording her own sound, making projections, designing costumes, writing scripts and integrating principles of holistic healing through imagery and movement.
Amidst these endeavors, Sophie writes, performs and busks regularly around Ontario with her bandThe Honeycomb Flyers and offers meditative healing as a licensed Holistic Practitioner of Traditional Thai Massage.
Sophie Dow began working with Chimera as a mentorship dance artist part of Company B, and went on to be part of the touring cast of Omen. Today, Sophie is creating a new work, Agrimony, which will premiere in Toronto as part of Chimera’s season 23/24.