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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Friedemann Vogel will be going to Kazakhstan for the first time, to dance in the Almaty Gala des Étoiles on 15th & 16th September. He is looking forward to partnering fellow Prix Maïa winner Diana Vishneva again, to perform two very different duets: Vertigo by Mauro Bigonzetti and a pas de deux from John Cranko’s Onegin.
Friedemann is delighted to take part in the 11th International Ballet Star Gala in Taipei on 19th & 20th August. This will be his fifth performance in Taiwan, and he will be dancing three John Cranko duets with fellow Stuttgart Ballet star Elisa Bandenes from Legende and Romeo & Juliet and Onegin Mirror pas de deux with Evgenia Obraztsova from Bolshoi Theatre.
Friedemann will be back on the iconic red table to perform Maurice Béjart’s Boléro in Stuttgart, as part of Stuttgart Ballet’s mixed bill “Seduction!” opening on 3 February.Friedemann last performed Bolero in Santiago, Chile in 2014, and is looking forward to reprising this celebrated role with his home company.