The weather is nice, let’s picnic
Oleg Soulimenko’s concept for the PARASOL project revolves around the idea of the picnic and the notion of the fold: the picnic as time out or time in at the edge of the stage with overlapping times and views. Folds of knowledge, secrets, unrealised or forgotten thoughts and ideas. A special focus is on working with fabrics as material that covers large areas in order to explore the relationship between the performers and the audience. The fabric separates creators and spectators and brings them together at the same time.
is a performance artist and choreographer living and working in Vienna. In 1990, he founded the Saira Blanche Theatre and has since been on a world tour with its provocative performances. His performances have premiered at numerous institutions and international festivals, such as ImPulsTanz, Wiener Festwochen, Tanzquartier Wien, brut, Vienna, Performa 07, New York, Theaterfestival Impulse, Germany, Kaaitheater, Brussels, Baltic Circle, Helsinki, Kunstmuseum Linz and Kunsthalle Wien. Soulimenko’s performance The Dark Side of Idealism will be premiered at Tanzquartier Wien in April 2024.
Starting in 2022, two choreographers will continuously work with a select group of five young dancers on a TQW Halle G production for three months each year. A hybrid artistic training project for the dance scene in Vienna and beyond, but also a mobile network of relations, an experimental setting with a focus on the vital needs of ensemble productions: solidarity, collective experience, and conviviality. 2023 participants: Lens Kühleitner, Nadine Mathis, Julia Müllner, Oneka von Schrader, Yuwol June C.
Concept, artistic direction Oleg Soulimenko Created and performed by Lens Kühleitner, Nadine Mathis, Julia Müllner, Oneka von Schrader, Yuwol June C. Costume, stage Ruth Erharter Artistic advisor Alfredo Barsuglia Artistic assistance Jasmin Hoffer Light Svetlana Schwin Voice coach Nicola Schößler Music PARASOL, Lens Kühleitner, Nikolaienko, Oleg Soulimenko, Coffee Shop Ambience. Thanks to Isis von Schrader, washing machines, special cleaning agents, and people who have helped and continue to help clean fabrics Produced by Tanzquartier Wien and Vienna Magic