Friedemann is excited to announce that the recording of Onegin is out now! Stuttgart Ballet’s production of Onegin, which won Friedemann critical acclaim for his exceptional performance in the eponymous role, was filmed last year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this John Cranko masterpiece, and is now available for purchase in Blue Ray and DVD versions from Amazon.
John Cranko’s choreography of the world’s most famous love story Romeo & Juliet will make a return to the Stuttgart Ballet stage this winter, and Friedemann is looking forward to reprising one of his favourite roles as Romeo with Alicia Amatriain as his Juliet for the opening performance of the series on 6th December.
Friedemann is delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the 38th International Gala of Dance for the Italian Red Cross under the artistic direction of Elisabetta Ceron at the Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine on 8th December. For this charity event in aid of the needy, disadvantaged and disabled children assisted by the Red Cross Committee of Udine, Friedemann will be dancing Marco Goecke’s Mopey, joining a number of ballet stars who will all be performing for free.
For the third time in 2018, Friedemann will be performing in Japan! This time, he will be on tour with his company, Stuttgart Ballet, to perform two celebrated John Cranko classics: Onegin and Swan Lake. A big fan of Japan, Friedemann is happy to go back again so soon, to dance the title role in Onegin on 2nd November and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake on 9th November, with Alicia Amatriain as his Tatjana and Odile/Odette in the respective ballets. He will also perform Swan Lake with her again in Hyogo on 17th November.
After performing in Japan, Spain and Sweden over the past months, Friedemann is looking forward to performing back home, for the Stuttgart Ballet Season Premiere on 13th October. The triple bill Shades of White is a celebration of classical and neo-classical ballet, and comprises Concert For Flute and Harp by John Cranko with music by Mozart, The Kingdom of the Shades (from La Bayadère) by Petipa with music by Minkus, and Symphony in C by Balanchine with music by Bizet. Following the season opening, Friedemann will be dancing in more performances of the triple bill over the rest of October.
For the first time in several years, Friedemann will reprise his romantic role as Prince Désiré to awaken the sleeping Princess Aurora with a kiss, in one of the greatest classical ballets. As guest artist of the Royal Swedish Ballet, Friedemann will give two performances of Marcia Haydée's Sleeping Beauty, on 15th and 29th September.
ballet meets mode
Friedemann collaborated with Tokyo-based Singapore fashion photographer Leslie Kee for the August edition of Vogue Taiwan. For this feature, Friedemann wore outfits primarily by Japanese fashion designers, including Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, and Roggykei.
Following his performance with Tokyo Ballet as guest artist in spring, Friedemann is thrilled to go back to Japan for the second time this year, for the World Ballet Festival in summer. This will be his sixth participation in the much anticipated triennial event, and Friedemann is looking forward to dancing with fellow ballet stars from around the world again from 1st to 15th August in Tokyo. DETAILS & TICKETS
To celebrate the bicentenary of the legendary French dancer and choreographer Marius Petipa, the Bolshoi Ballet will be organising a World Ballet Stars Gala on 31st May and 1st June, bringing Friedemann back to one of his favourite stages at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, where he will be performing the Mirror pas de deux from Onegin with Prima Ballerina of Bolshoi Theatre Olga Smirnova.
Having worked closely together with the Rome Opera Ballet on Roland Petit’s La Chauvre Souris in 2016, Friedemann is looking forward to return to Rome as guest artist at the company again in May 2018, this time to perform Kenneth McMillan’s celebrated classic Manon with their Artistic Director and Paris Opera Ballet Étoile Eleonora Abbagnato. Whilst Friedemann and Eleonora have danced together before, this will be their first partnership for this beloved ballet tragedy. Friedemann will reprise his critically acclaimed role of Chevalier Des Grieux end of May at Teatro Costanzi in Rome.
Friedemann is honored to be invited to perform at the “Polina & Friends” Gala at the Staatsballett Berlin on 17th May, where his celebrated partnership with his fellow Kammertänzerin Polina Semionova will be a highlight of this much anticipated and exclusive programme.
Friedemann is delighted to be featured in the Ballet Couture exhibition in Paris, which brings together two creative universes: ballet and couture. Visitors can expect to see photos of Friedemann taken by Youn Sik Kim, Baki and by Matthew Brookes for Vogue Russia. With a diverse selection of exceptional photographs, this exhibition not only presents the world of the greatest ballet dancers and their costumes, but will also reveal collaborations between fashion designers and choreographers with the photographic and aesthetic perspective of artists across generations. Curated by Frédéric Fontan, Ballet Couture will run from 15 March to 4 May at the Alfalibra Gallery, at 324 rue Saint-Martin 75003 Paris. DETAILS
Following his premiere in Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Dream with Sarasota Ballet in March , Friedemann will reprise his role as Oberon as guest artist with the Tokyo Ballet on 28 and 30 Apr at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Friedemann has not performed in Tokyo since his last tour there in 2015 with Stuttgart Ballet, and is excited to be back in one of his favourite cities, as well as to collaborate with the Tokyo Ballet again.
For the first time, Friedemann will be participating in Dance Salad, which celebrates both emerging and established choreographers. For the 2018 edition of this festival, Friedemann will be performing with Guillaume Côté from the National Ballet of Canada, Maurice Béjart's masterpiece Songs of a Wayfarer from 29 to 31 March. The two principal dancers last performed this duet in Montreal, for "A Night with the Stars", as part of the 2017 Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur. This will be Friedemann's debut in Texas, Houston.
After his performance of Romeo & Juliet with Stuttgart Ballet in Singapore last year, Friedemann had lots of fun on this fashion shoot for the February issue of Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, in which he is featured dancing in spring fashion by various brands including Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dior Homme, Fendi, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Prada.
Friedemann is thrilled to be featured in the 7th edition of the annual Fashion for Men magazine, newly launched at Colette in Paris, and available soon in fashion & design capitals around the world. It was a total joy for Friedemann to work with the magazine’s founder Milan Vukmirovic himself for the photo shoot. Friedemann was dressed by Fendi, making this his second collaboration with the Italian luxury brand for a magazine feature.
Friedemann will make his debut in Liège in the 6th edition of the Gala Hivernales de la Danse, at the Manège de la Caserne Fonckon 10th & 11th March. Friedemann will be dancing with fellow Stuttgart Ballet étoile Alicia Amatriain two duets: Mauro Bigonzetti's Kazimir's Colours and the Swan Lake Act II pas de deux.
Friedemann's first performance of 2018 will be in the Stuttgart Ballet Encounters double-bill: Jerome Robbin's multi-layered masterpiece Dances at a Gathering – a nuanced distillation of the spectrum of human interaction - and John Cranko’s ode to friendship Initials R.B.M.E. (dedicated to former Stuttgart Ballet principal dancers Richard Cragun, Birgit Keil, Marcia Haydee, and Egon Madsen). Friedemann will perform in both revivals for the opening night on 13 January. More performances to follow. Details & tickets
It is always a pleasure to dance Swan Lake, especially when it has been a while since Friedemann’s last performance of this ever-popular ballet. Friedemann is looking forward to reprising his role as Prince Siegfried and being torn between Alicia Amatriain’s Odile and Odette, for the opening night of this John Cranko classic on 6 December in Stuttgart. More performances to follow later in the month.
Having performed Sir Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand in the 2016 Fall for Dance Festival in New York with the Sarasota Ballet, Friedemann is looking forward to working with the company again, this time as guest artist in another Ashton choreography: The Dream. Friedemann is particularly delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to work with Sir Anthony Dowell – his childhood hero and one of the greatest danseur nobles of the 20th Century – on the role of Oberon that was created on him. Friedemann will be making his debut in Sarasota, with two performances of The Dream on 2 and 3 March 2018.