Distinguished Worker of Arts of Russia, Laureate of the State Award of Russia in Literature and Arts, Laureate of the All-Union Competitions (1984, 1988), Laureate of the Golden Mask, the National Theater Award of Russia (for the performance “Lost in the Stars,” the Theater in Liteiny).
Sergey Gritsai graduated from the Vaganova Choreography School then followed by the Ballet Master’s Department of the Leningrad State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (1984), and also the Higher Direction Courses in Moscow (1986).
Sergey Gritsai started his work with the drama theater at the Youth Theater (S. Mrozhek’s “Tango,” I. Babel’s “Shouting from the Crowd;” director Semen Spivak). Later on, he started his cooperation with such directors as Alexander Galibin, Grigory Dityatkovsky, Alexander Morfov, Roman Smirnov, Grigory Kozlov, and Valery Fokin at various theaters: “Oblomov” and “Teacher of Literature;” at A. Chekhov MKhAT; “King Ubu,” “Lucitte Gautier or Fire at Once!”, “Death of Tarelkin,” “The Secret of Aunt Malkin,” at the Et Cetera Theater, and other theaters. One of his latest choreographer jobs became the plastic score of P. Tchaikovsky’s “Queen of Spades” performance (Bolshoi Theater of Russia, director Valery Fokin, 2007).
Besides this, the ballet master actively cooperates with director Andrey Konchalovsky an conductor Valery Gergiyev (“The War and Peace” by S. Prokofiev, “The Masquerade” by J. Verdi in the Mariinsky Theater).
Sergey Gritsai worked at theaters of Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, England, Italy, Spain, and the U.S.
Sergey Gritsai participated in the following performances of the Alexandrinsky Theater:
1. “Scratch My Back and I’ll Scratch Yours!” by A. Ostrovsky (Director Vladimir Golub, 1990)
2. “Ornithology” by A. Stroganova (Director R. Smirnov, 1999)
3. “The Cherry Orchard” by A. Chekhov (Director R. Smirnov, 2001)
4. “Inspector General” by N. Gogol (Director Valery Fokin, 2002 – The State Award of Russian Federation)
5. “Masquerade” by M. Lermontov (Director I. Selin, 2003)
6 “The Little Tragedies” by A. Pushkin (Director G. Kozlov, 2003)
7. “The Double” after Fedor Dostoyevsky (Director Valery Fokin, 2005)