Sergei Vanaev

Sergei Vanaev was born on April 15th,1967 in Russia.  In 1977 he was accepted into one of the most renowned schools of ballet, The Ballet Academy of the Bolschoi Theater. He graduated with honours in 1985.In the same year Sergei Vanaev was contracted by Moscow Classical Ballet directed by Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasiliev. In 1991 Heinz Spoerli  offered him a contract as a principal dancer in the company of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, in Düsseldorf, Germany. He debuted as Prince Siegfried in Heinz Spoerli’s opening season ballet of “Swan Lake”. 5 years of diverse main roles in the works of Heinz Spoerli and other world famous choreographers followed. During the season of 1996-1997 he was a soloist under the direction of Valeri Panov in the city of Bonn. Parallel to his dancing, he partially overtook the responsibility of training the company dancers. The following 8 years 1997-2004, he was under contract with the Theatre Dortmund and in addition to dancing, he continued to meet the challenging responsibilities of training the company and was assigned the position of choreographic assistant to the ballet director in 2002. In 1998 Sergei Vanaev began choreographing his own works.

Since the theater season 2004/2005 Sergei Vanaev has been artistic director of the ballet company of the Stadttheater Bremerhaven.  He lists over 100 choreographies, during his professional career.

In 2007 he was honoured with the “Maya Plisetskaya Award” from the “International Maya Plisetskaya and Rodion Shchedrin Foundation”

The Ballet Bremerhaven Company, under the leadership of Sergei Vanaev, developed into a strong and successfully acknowledged company, participating regularly in Galas and touring, also outside Europe. The company stages 4 new productions every season.

In September 2016 the company under Sergei Vanaev's leadership , won the Herzlieb-Kohut German Theater Prize.