Dominika Knapik (born in 1979 in Cracow) is a choreographer, dancer and actress, alumna of the National Academy of Theater Arts in Krakow.
In 2007, she won the prestigious 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 artistiic residencies (e.g. Tanzhaus Dusseldorf). In 2012, she organised the New Dance in Old Cracow festival; she also worked as the dance curator at Cracow Theatrical Reminiscences festival.
Between 2012 and 2016 she was teaching in the Drama Department of National Academy of Theater Arts in Krakow. In 2008, together with Wojciech Klimczyk, she founded the artistic collective Harakiri Farmers, which has completed several interdisciplinary projects.
She regularly cooperates with various theatrical institutions in Poland and abroad, working as a choreographer (e.g. performances directed by Iga Gańczarczyk, Ewelina Marciniak, Radek Rychcik, Maja Kleczewska, Bogdan Hussakowski, Anna Smolar, Anna Augustynowicz, Paweł Łysak, Jan Klata, Remigiusz Brzyk, Bartosz Szydłowski). She also works on independent dance projects (An Optimist’s Testament, Łaźnia Nowa Theatre, Afternoon of a Faun in Teatr Rozrywki in Chorzów), films (There) and dramatic performances (BANG BANG, Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Łódź, Camp Cataract in Teatr w Krakowie im. J.Słowackiego).
She is the winner of numerous awards (e.g. 1st prize in the New Situations contest at the Malta Festival in Poznań for keret, 1st prize in the OFF PPA contest, the award of the Mayor of the City of Rzeszów). 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 niepamięci. (Teatr Śląski in Katowice).
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.