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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The “Prix MAYA” will be handed out this year to Friedemann Vogel. This prestigious prize, selected by a jury made up of some of the world’s best-known dance critics and specialists will be presented in a Gala performance at the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals, Cannes on 31July 2016. The “Prix MAYA” for outstanding female dancers are being awarded to Diana Vishneva (star of the Mariinsky Ballet, and the American Ballet Theatre) and Aurélie Dupont (Ètoile of the Paris Opéra Ballet and the new director of the company).
The Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg honored Friedemann Vogel with the national title “Kammertänzer”, the highest honour that can be bestowed on a dancer in Germany.
Friedemann Vogel as Prince Desiré awakes his Princess Aurora (Alicia Amatriain) in Marcia Haydee's beautiful production of The Sleeping Beauty on 22,24,26 July 2015 with the Stuttgart Ballet.
On Saturday, June 06, 2015 Friedemann will dance the title role in John Cranko's Masterpiece Eugen Onegin together with Alicia Amatriain as Tatiana. The next performance with this cast will be on June 09, 2015 at the Opera House in Stuttgart.
Famous fashion photographer and film director Monica Menez captures Friedemann Vogel in this extraordinary photo series. The photographs combine the grace and power of a ballet dancer in a different perspective. All the outfits for this art project were especially designed by Thomas Lempertz.
Photographs (c) Monica Menez