Olga Pikhienko

Acro, Contortion, Stretch

Olga started in rhythmic gymnastics at the age of five in Russia. When Olga turned 11, she started performing with her father, Alexander Pikhienko, at the Nikulin Circus and Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Early in her career, Olga’s act with her father, won a Gold Medal at the International Festival in Paris. Soon after, they won a Silver Medal in China at the World Festival. Olga toured with Cirque Du Soleil’s, Quidam for 12 years performed her iconic Hand Balancing Contortion with Canes Act, throughout Europe and North America. Then, she starred in Cirque Du Soleil’s next creation Varekai. The Varekai show was turned into a documentary series, Fire Within, on Bravo’s TV Network where she was featured as one of the leading characters. Fire Within, won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Program. Olga, at the Paris International Festival received another Gold Medal and her performance was said to be “One of the Best Acts in the World”. Next Olga became part of the original cast of Cirque Du Soleil’s show, Iris. Iris, a journey through the world of Cinema, was Cirque Du Soleil’s first residency show in Los Angeles. While in Iris, she was part of the elite cast of artists who performed at 84th Academy Awards Ceremony. She has also performed on Criminal Minds, NBA Halftime show, Spiegelworld with their Empire Australian Tour and a Japanese tour of Le Noir, The Dark Side of Cirque. Olga continues to branch out artistically and spends her time developing new acts for special events, commercials, print and video. Today, Olga Pikhienko is a Private Coach and Freelance Performer, showing her talent around the world.