Evgeny Kulagin was born in 1981 in South Ural, Russia and graduated from the Academy of Arts and Culture in Chelyabinsk. In 2002, together with Ivan Estegneev. They founded the contemporary dance company «Dialogue Dance» in Kostroma, which soon after became an important center of contemporary dance in Russia. The company was awarded three National Theater Awards «Golden Mask» for its performances. Kulagin and his team collaborated with major companies and choreographers from Russia, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Austria and South Africa.
Since 2014 Evgeny has been working as resident director and choreographer at Moscow’s Gogol Center, founded by Kirill Serebrennikov. There he staged the productions “Shakespeare” (2017), “Two Rooms” (2018), “Barocco” (2018).
Evgeny has also co-authored drama and opera productions with Kirill Serebrennikov.
Together in opera they produced “Cossi fan tutte” (Zurich Opera House, 2018), “Nabucco” (Hamburg State Opera, 2019), “Parsifal” (Vienna State Opera, 2021) and “Die Nase” (Bavarian State Opera, 2021) and “Freischütz” (Dutch National Opera, 2022).
Evgeny Kulagin has taught stage movement and dance at the Moscow Film School 2015-2022. He is the founder and CEO of the physical theater laboratory “DialogLab” in Moscow.
Since 2022 he has worked in Thalia Theater as choreographer in residence and made following productions: “Black Monk”, “Der Wiy”, “Barocco”.