Oleg Soulimenko is a Russian performer and choreographer living and working in Vienna and Moscow. In 1985 he finished his studies and graduated in construction engineering at the Bauman Moscow State Technical University and decided to become a dancer.
From 1985 until 1990 he studied dance, acting and improvisation in various theatres in Moscow and he also attended a course in Butoh dance at Min Tanaka's Body Weather Farm in Japan as well as in Release Technique, Contact Improvisation and Body Mind Centering with Kirsti Simson, Vera Mantero, Ka Rastler, Anzu Furukawa a.o.
In 1990 Oleg Soulimenko founded the International Laboratory Saira Blanche Theatre. Their work has been shown throughout Eastern and Western Europe and in the United States. Saira Blanche Theatre has evolved a deeply sophisticated, strong and provocative performance practice of improvisation. From 1996 until 2000 Oleg was part of the collaboration between Saira Blanche Theatre & Lux Flux from Vienna. This group researched the method of making theatre without theatre and of producing presence without directing.
In 2002 Oleg collaborated with Tanzquartier Wien organizing and creating the project 'East meets West', an artistic dialogue between Russian and Austrian aritsts. The same year he curated the festival 'zwei tage'.
Since 2005 he has also been teaching regularly at the dance department of Bruckner-University Linz.
Lately Oleg has started to compose electro-acoustic music as well as experimental videos, which have been shown at several international festivals.
Oleg has always been interested in artistic collaboration, a.o. with Lidia Kavina, Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Markus Schinwald, Meg Stuart & Damaged Goods, Jennifer Lacey.
His most recent performances were presented in Eastern and Western Europe, the U.S.A., in Canada and Israel.