"When words prove inadequate to express precise human emotions, we look to the arts." Ahead of his upcoming performances in China with the Stuttgart Ballet and the National Ballet of China, Friedemann reveals his greatest challenge, his favourite film director (Pedro Almodovar), and his dream to have a new full-length ballet created for him, in his interview with Vogue China for their November issue. VOGUE CHINA
Friedemann is delighted to be named "Dancer of the Year" by Tanz - the industry dance magazine - in recognition of his recent outstanding interpretations of Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling and Akram Khan's Kaash. This is the second time he has received this prestigious accolade; he was named "Dancer of the Year" for the first time by Tanz in 2010.
After participating in multiple editions of the annual International Ballet Star Gala in Taipei and Taichung, Friedemann will be giving his first ever full-length performance in Taiwan on 26th October, reprising one of his most popular roles as Romeo in John Cranko's celebrated masterpiece. Friedemann's performance of Romeo & Juliet with Stuttgart Ballet at the Weiwuying National Center for the Arts will also be the first time he is dancing in Kaohsiung.
For the Stuttgart Ballet's tour to Beijing in 2019, Friedemann will be dancing his critically acclaimed role of Onegin on the opening night on 1st November. He is looking forward to perform this masterpiece by John Cranko for the Chinese audience, and to being back on stage in China after nearly three years.
Following Onegin with Stuttgart Ballet in November, Friedemann will be back in Beijing again on 1st December, on this occasion as guest artist of the National Ballet of China, to reprise the role of Albrecht in Giselle with Qimin Wang as the tragic heroine. It will be the first time Friedemann performs this beloved ballet classic with the National Ballet of China.
The “Alina Cojocaru Dream Project 2020” will bring Friedemann back to one of his favourite cities: Tokyo, where he will share the stage with other ballet stars from 5th to 9th February. Programme details will be announced closer to the time. Dates & tickets
For the highly anticipated Ballet Week, Friedemann will be performing five productions from the Stuttgart Ballet’s 2018-2019 season, including Balanchine’s Symphony in C in Shades of White on 16th & 20th July, Akram Khan’s Kaash in Breath-taking on 24th July, John Neumeier’s The Lady of the Camellias on 25th July, Jiří Kylián’s One of a Kind on 27th July, and finally closing with Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling on 28th July. Friedemann is looking forward to revisiting these ballet masterpieces and contemporary classics in this annual celebration of dance.
Kaash - meaning “if” in Hindi – was Akram Khan’s first full-length work, and Stuttgart Ballet’s premiere of Kaash will present several firsts for Friedemann. As always, Friedemann embraces the opportunity to acquire a different movement vocabulary, particularly the notable interplay between speed and stillness in the classical North Indian dance. As a ballet dancer, he is also excited to interpret this seminal piece by the eminent British choreographer, who broke new ground informing contemporary dance with kathak. Friedemann will perform Kaash for the opening night of the triple-bill Breath-Taking on 28th June, with more performances to follow.
Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling is considered one of the most technically and emotionally demanding roles for male dancers; it is also a character that Friedemann aspired to perform for a long time. He is eagerly anticipating his debut in this challenging role of the tormented prince – heir to the Austro-Habsburg Empire in the late 19thCentury - at the Stuttgart Ballet premiere of the complex Kenneth MacMillan ballet on 18th May, with more performances to follow.
Albrecht was Friedemann’s first ever lead role, and will therefore always hold a special place in his heart. As such, Friedemann is excited to reprise this role in Patrice Bart’s version of Giselle, based on the original choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, with the sublime Polina Semionova and Ballett Zürich on 30 May for one performance only.
It is always a privilege for a dancer to be part of a creation, and an absolute joy for Friedemann to share the stage again with Paris Opera Ballet étoile and Artistic Director of Rome Opera Ballet Eleonora Abbagnato for this new collaboration with the Rome Opera Ballet. Nuit Blanche, choreographed by French choreographer Sébastien Bertaud and costumes of which are designed by the Christian Dior fashion house, will have its world premiere on 29 March 2019 in Rome as part of a Philip Glass evening. More Information
Friedemann has always been fascinated by the power of photography to capture the poetry of movement in stillness. Preparing for fashion shoots is not too dissimilar to preparing for a performance; it’s ultimately about channeling emotions through movement, except with a stronger focus on the clothes. Friedemann thoroughly enjoyed this innovative collaboration with the Encens Magazine, for which he wore a range of labels, including Hed Mayner, Ralph Lauren, Kenzo, Emporio Armani, Uma Wang, Comme des Garcons and Issey Miyake.
Styled by Encens editor: Samuel Drira
Photos by Francesco Brigada
Video by Etienne Larragueta
Makeup by Samuel Ruffin-Hendrix
Hair by Nicolas Philippon
It was an honour for Friedemann to be featured on the cover of Art Tourist for their latest issue entitled “JOHN” after the iconic choreographer John Cranko who put Stuttgart Ballet on the world map, prompting the culture magazine to cast their spotlight on the Stuttgart-born kammertänzer. In his interview, Friedemann talks about his career, and how performing around the world means the absence of a routine, which has helped keep things fresh for him with every day presenting a new opportunity. ARTTOURIST.COM
Friedemann has always enjoyed performing widely contrasting work across the dance spectrum, from romantic hero roles like Armand Duval in John Neumeier’s The Lady of the Camellias to more contemporary productions such as the upcoming Stuttgart Ballet premiere of Jiří Kylián’s One of A Kind. Having performed Bella Figura and Forgotten Land- two other critically acclaimed pieces by the world-renowned choreographer - Friedemann is looking forward to dancing One of A Kind for the opening night on 22 February, with more shows to follow.
For Stuttgart Ballet’s imminent revival of The Lady of the Camellias to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this ballet masterpiece that was created for the company, Friedemann is relishing his reprisal of the role of Armand Duval, as well as the precious opportunity to work with esteemed choreographer John Neumeier again. Friedemann will be performing on 16th January for the opening night, with subsequent dates to be announced.
John Cranko's celebrated masterpiece Onegin will be on TV on 30 & 31 December! Onegin is one Friedemann's most cherished roles, and he hopes this festive season screening on ARTE will bring equal delight to viewers discovering this dramatic ballet for the first time and those who have already experienced it on stage or on the big screen. Filmed on the occasion of its 50th anniversary last year, this Stuttgart Ballet production features Friedemann as "the most elegant and elegiac Onegin of all time" (Suedwest Presse), and is also available for purchase from Amazon on Blu-Ray and DVD.
In Germany: 31 Dec at 00h30
In France: 31 Dec at 01h20
Also available online in arte's media library from 30 Dec
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.
Due to cast changes Friedemann Vogel will dance two more performances on 8,9 December. Therefore Friedemann is unfortunately not able to dance his scheduled performance in Udine on 8th December.
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.