Sergei Zemlyansky is a graduate of the Chelyabinsk State Culture and Art Academy (2002) and has taken master classes from renowned European and America choreographers. He has also danced at the theater Provincial Dances. As a choreographer-assistant, Sergei took part in the staging of Stravinsky’s opera-ballet The Nightingale (Perm Opera and Ballet Theater), which was nominated for the Russian National Theater Award The Golden Mask. From 2006 to 2014 he collaborated with the theater studio SounDrama in Moscow, both as an actor and a choreographer. In 2012, he staged Mother’s Cornfield (Aitmatov) as his first work in the plastic drama style, which he originated. Altogether he has directed and choreographed over twenty plays in drama theaters, including La Dame aux camelias (Dumas), Demon (Lermontov), Jeanne d’Arc (Shaw), Caligula (Camus), The Government Inspector (Gogol), Macbeth (Shakespeare), and others. In Latvia he is known for his stagings at the Liepāja Theater – Indulis and Ārija (Rainis), for which he received the Spēlmaņu nakts 2015 award for Performance of the Year, as well as for Marriage (Gogol), which triumphed in the Spēlmaņu nakts 2017 for Play of the Year, Director of the Year, and Movement Artist of the Year. The same play also received the Spēlmaņu nakts Grand Prix.