Zofia Rudnicka is a dancer, choreographer, actress, and educator. Born in Cracow, she graduated from the Roman Turczynowskicz Ballet School in Warsaw, and joined the ballet of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera directly afterwards. As a soloist with the company she danced leading roles in classical and contemporary repertoire, including Myrtha in Giselle, Phrygia in Spartacus, Phaedra in Phaedra by Lifar, Maria Taglioni in Grand pas de quatre. At the same time she worked with the Polish television as dancer and choreographer. She has created more than a dozen of ballet productions, including the world premieres of Nienasycenie (Insatiability) to music by Tomasz Stańko and La Dolce Vita, a piece about Federico Fellini to music by Nino Rota, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker with Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s music, as well as choreographies for operas, operettas, musicals, ballet films, e.g. La valse to music by Maurice Ravel, or Mity (Myths) to music by Karol Szymanowski.
From the 1970s on Zofia Rudnicka worked with the Polish national broadcaster, TVP, performing in numerous revues, music and ballet programmes. She created choreographies for films (Akademia Pana Kleksa), recitals, fashion shows, song festivals, ballet films, and teleplays. She also collaborated with the Grand Theatre in Łódź, Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz, Teatr Rozrywki in Chorzów, Jerzy Szaniawski Dramatyczny Theatre in Płock, Syrena Theatre in Warsaw, Gliwice Music Theatre and the Mazowiecki Music Theatre in Warsaw. In the 1970s Zofia Rudnicka was an actress with Kabaret Olgi Lipińskiej, a popular satirical TV show. In 1995 she rejoined the crew of the show as assistant director and choreographer, functions she performed until the programme was cancelled in 2005. She appeared on three Polish films: Kontrakt (1980), Pas de deux (1990), and Bank nie z tej ziemi (1993–1994).
Zofia Rudnicka holds a degree in ballet pedagogy from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where she has been teaching dance composition for more than a dozen of years. She devises choreographies for students of the Warsaw ballet school and has published a book Tancerz, szkoła i scena(Dancer, School and Stage). Zofia Rudnicka received a Złota Maska (Golden Mask) for the ballet Rudolf Valentino to music by Krzesimir Dębski and the Jan Kiepura Music Theatre Award for the choreographer of the year 2010 for her choreography to Dance of the Hours in the opera Gioconda by Amilcare Ponchielli.