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Dominika Knapik

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Dominika Knapik – dancer, actor and choreographer. She graduated from the State School of Drama (PWST) in Cracow. She has a certificate of professional dancer from Polish Stage Artists Association (ZASP).

She co-created a Cracovian group Hoplaa with whom she produced dance videos and performances in 2006 and 2007. She took part in projects of a visual artist Zorka Wollny (Concert for High Heels 2004; Museum 2006).

In 2007 she won a scholarship from the DanceWeb Europe Programme and Art Stations Foundation (a solo how do you like me presented among other at the Polish Dance Platform in 2008).A self-referential performance, without any narration or emotional expression, determined the style of her future works.

In 2008 she founded, together with Wojciech Klimczyk, an artistic group Harakiri Farmers. Their first production was Keret which won the competition “Nowe Sytuacje” at the International Theatre Festival MALTA in Poznań (2008). The group collaborated, among others, Ana Brzezińska (We are oh so Lucky presented at the Polish Dance Platform 2010). Their intellectual and ironic performances of Harakiri are marked by a “discursive” attitude towards dance – its presence in the context of other modes of expression, originating from various fields of art, politics or mass culture in its broad sense.

She co-founded, with Wojciech Klimczyk, MINUS 20 Collective (they created, together with David Chazman and Kenneth Flak, The Fork), and the brand new Association of Arts Initiatives SZTRUKS.

At the same time, she danced in nic, a performance of Towarzystwo Gimnastyczne (2008). In 2009 she played, among others, in Całopalenie (Das letzte Feuer) directed by I. Gańczarczyk. She received a scholarship ArtsLink 2009 (Dance New Amsterdam, NY). In 2010 she took part in Le Sacre of Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre. In 2011 she won a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and created, together with Wojciech Klimczyk, Moscow. In 2011 she directed Optimist’s Testament in a Cracovian theatre Łaźnia Nowa where she performed and created choreography. In the same year, she was a choreographer and dancer in Not I directed by Iga Gańczarczyk which won the main prize of OFF COMPETITION at the 32th Review of Stage Songs in Wrocław.

She has regularly collaborated with drama theatres in Poland as a choreographer (among other with Radek Rychcik: Versusand Fragmenty dyskursu miłosnego (A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments), Babel directed by Maja Kleczewska, W małym dworku and Opowieści zimowe directed by Iga Gańczarczyk, Filozofia w buduarze directed by Bogdana Hussakowski, Bullerbyn. How children created a homemade forest and what grew out of it directed by Anna Smolar).

She played in Katatonia directed by Jacek Nagłowski (Grand Prix of the independent cinema competition at the Gdynia Film Festival). Autor of a dance film There.

Dominika Knapik, Jak wam się podobam, fot. Jakub Wittchen
Dominika Knapik, Jak wam się podobam, fot. Jakub Wittchen
Harakiri Farmers, Moskwa. Fot. Jakub Wittchen.
Harakiri Farmers, Moskwa. Fot. Jakub Wittchen.
Harakiri Farmers, Moskwa. Fot. Jakub Wittchen.





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