The Chimera Project

The Chimera Project


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.


Arik Pipestem

First Nations performer Arik Pipestem, an internationally acclaimed “Hoop Dancer”; independent dance artist and world traveler. He is an expert at using several traditional Native American pow wow hoop dance styles and merging them with acro, hip hop, jazz, ballet, contemporary, and Latin. He performed for many Cirque Du Soleil, and has been seen on So You Think You Can Dance Canada and many music videos, including “Red Winter” by Drezus. He has performed with numerous Canadian dance companies and choreographers including Kahawi Dance Theatre, and The Chimera Project.

Discovering Hoop Dance

25 Dockside Drive - Room 101

Discovering Hoop Dance First Nations’ hoop dance is older than the grass. But younger than the mountains. This workshop will lead you through the meaning and context of hoop dance, trying out and learning various steps used in First Nations steps, and discovering hoop dance coordination basics.Participants will learn about the construction of dance hoops, […]

Family Day Workshop

PERFORMANCE: Bears Stars and Trees

25 Dockside Drive - Main Stage

Bears Stars and Trees is a result of a unique collaboration between choreographer Malgorzata Nowacka, with artistic advisor Arik Pipestem from the Tsuu t’ina Nation and Cree Elder and Chancellor of Algoma University, Shirley Horn. The result is a story told through both ancient and western movement, concepts and conflicts set to a pulsating music score […]