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
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
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.
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.
Friedemann Vogel and Alicia Amatriain - his longtime dance partner and fellow Stuttgart Ballet étoile – first started dancing together at the John Cranko Schule when they were just 14 years old. It is therefore with great pleasure and anticipation that Friedemann joins Alicia & Friends in her hometown, San Sebastián on 10th and 11th November, to perform a mixture of classical and contemporary repertoire. Incidentally, this will be Friedemann’s debut in San Sebastián.
Friedemann will be reprising the dramatic role of Onegin, this time with Alicia Amatriain as Tatjana, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of John Cranko's Onegin at Stuttgart Ballet, where it all began. Friedemann can't wait to perform this Cranko classic in its entirety again on 27th October. More performances in November.
Having made his debut as Onegin in Singapore in 2014, Friedemann is excited to return with Stuttgart Ballet to The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, to perform another John Cranko classic: Romeo & Juliet. Friedemann will be dancing Romeo for one night only on 12th October, with Alicia Amatriain as his Juliet.
Friedemann is looking forward to opening the new Stuttgart Ballet season with Brouillards, part of the Pure Cranko gala to commemorate the 90th birthday of John Cranko this year, with three performances on 3rd, 6th and 7th October. Created in 1970 for the Stuttgart Ballet , Brouillards – meaning “Mist” in French – comprises a series of episodes, and derived its inspiration from the piano preludes of Debussy written from 1910 to 1913.
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.
Following the iconic Boléro, Friedemann is thrilled to perform another Béjart masterpiece: Songs of a Wayfarer. He will be reprising the role originally created for Nureyev, at the invitation of Guillaume Cote - Artistic Director of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur - to perform this duet with him in the programme "A Night with the Stars" on 5 & 6 August. This will be the first time Friedemann is dancing with Guillaume Cote, as well as his first ever performance in Montreal.
From 29 July to 2 August, Friedemann will be back on the red table to perform Boléro, this time in Santiago with the Ballet of Santiago, with whom he has already danced this Béjart masterpiece in 2014. Friedemann is looking forward to being back in Chile, and to performing in the 4th Festival of Choreographers at the Teatro Municipal.
"Volker Schlöndorff and Friedemann Vogel on art, and feelings that dance can bring."
It was an absolute delight for Friedemann Vogel to spend an afternoon with the esteemed Oscar-winning director Volker Schlöndorff, for the "Conversation" series in the June issue of Vogue Germany. Photographs by Ann Ray