Dominika Knapik (born in 1979 in Cracow) is a choreographer, dancer and actress, alumna of the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Cracow.
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.
Since 2012, she teaches in the Drama Department of the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Cracow. 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). She also works on independent dance projects (An Optimist’s Testament, Łaźnia Nowa Theatre), films (There) and dramatic performances (BANG BANG, Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Łódź).
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.
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.