Dominika Knapik

Dominika Knapik (born in 1979 in Kraków) is a choreographer, dancer, actress and director.
Trained as an actress in National Academy of Theater Arts in Kraków.
In 2007, she won DanceWeb Europe scholarship granted by Art Stations Foundations, followed by ArtsLink scholarship in 2009 (Dance New Amsterdam, NY). In 2011, she won the scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and several artistic residencies (e.g. Tanzhaus Dusseldorf).
In 2008, she co-founded the artistic collective Harakiri Farmers, which has completed several interdisciplinary projects.
She regularly cooperates with various theatrical institutions in Poland and abroad (MCHAT/Moscow, Schauspielhaus Bochum, University of Michigan) working as a choreographer (e.g. performances directed by Iga Ganczarczyk, Ewelina Marciniak, Maja Kleczewska, Anna Smolar, Anna Augustynowicz, Pawel Lysak, Jan Klata, Remigiusz Brzyk, Pawel Miskiewicz, Malcolm Tulip, Olaf Kröck, Julia Wissert).
She also works on her own independent dance projects (An Optimist’s Testament, Laznia Nowa Theatre, Afternoon of a Faun in Teatr Rozrywki in Chorzów), films (There) and dramatic performances (BANG BANG, Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Lódz, Camp Cataract in Teatr w Krakowie im. J.Slowackiego).
Last performance that she directed is „BABA-DZIWO” which had premiere in Teatr Dramatyczny in Walbrzych in 2019 and was presented during Divine Comedy Festival in Kraków.
She is the winner of numerous awards : e.g. 1st prize in the New Situations contest at the Malta Festival in Poznan for keret, 1st prize in the OFF PPA contest, the award of the Mayor of the City of Rzeszów for choreography in „The Portrait of a Lady” directed by Ewelina Marciniak and the award for choreography in „Baba-Dziwo” in „Klasyka Zywa” Competition in 2020.
In 2015, she was nominated for the Passport award of the Polityka weekly in the category of Theatre. In 2017 she got Golden Mask for choreography in Leni Riefenstahl. Epizody niepamieci. (Teatr Slaski in Katowice) directed by Ewelina Marciniak.

Dominika Knapik’s style is defined by her sense of humour and the eaase with which she merges elements taken from various artistic disciplines. Her chief material are everyday gestures submitted to heavy formalisation.