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Friedemann Vogel in Nov issue of Vogue China

Photo of Friedemann Vogel ©Yoon6photo

Photo of Friedemann Vogel ©Yoon6photo

DANCE GIVES INSPIRATION

"When words prove inadequate to express precise human emotions, we look to the arts. Each ballet performer is a dance soul that uses the body to communicate with the world. Their form can be ever-changing, and the clothes they wear on their bodies full of emotions. Here's our special interview with the renowned ballet dancer Friedemann Vogel, whose desire for dance stems from deep within .", whose desire for dance stems from deep within ." Read more in the November issue of Vogue China!

Friedemann Vogel named Dancer of the Year 2019

We are thrilled to announce that Tanz magazine has named Friedemann Vogel “Dancer of the Year” for 2019 in their annual international critics’ survey, to celebrate his recent remarkable performances of Akram Khan’s Kaash and Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling, making Friedemann the only male dancer to ever receive this distinction more than once. Global Arts Link is very honoured to represent this superlative Kammertänzer and Stuttgart Ballet principal dancer! Congratulations Friedemann!

Photo ©Youn Sik Kim

Photo ©Youn Sik Kim

New production on tour: kNOwn Face 不要臉 by Chen-Wei Lee

Global Arts Link is excited to add Belgian-Taiwanese choreographer-dancer Chen-Wei Lee’s latest production kNOwn Face 不要臉 to our list of international touring productions. In this dazzling new solo using a self-held camera and live projections, Chen-Wei takes an in-depth look at the selfie phenomenon, bringing the audience up close and personal to the performer, to confront this form of modern-day narcissism, with a clever pun on “shamelessness” in the Chinese title.

kNOwn FACE/不要臉 by - Chen-Wei Lee 李貞葳 Commissioned by - National Theater & Concert Hall Taipei, Taiwan International Festival of Arts Multi-media Equipment Collaboration多媒體設備協力 - HONG's Foundation for Education & Culture洪建全教育文化基金會、 Panasonic Taiwan台灣松下公司

Friedemann Vogel in five productions in Stuttgart Ballet's Ballet Week

“World Career from Stuttgart: The high flying Friedemann Vogel continues.” Photo from Stuttgarter Nachrichten by Roman Novitzky

“World Career from Stuttgart: The high flying Friedemann Vogel continues.” Photo from Stuttgarter Nachrichten by Roman Novitzky

Friedemann Vogel will be performing in five productions, ranging from classical ballet to contemporary dance, in the annual Stuttgart Ballet Ballet Week from 20th to 28th July. For more details, please see friedemannvogel.com/schedule

Rave reviews for Friedemann Vogel's performance of Akram Khan's "Kaash"

Friedemann Vogel in “Kaash” by Akram Khan Photo ©Stuttgart Ballet

Friedemann Vogel in “Kaash” by Akram Khan Photo ©Stuttgart Ballet

Friedemann Vogel’s has received critical acclaim for his performance of Akram Khan’s seminal early work “Kaash”, as part of the Stuttgart Ballet “Breath-taking” triple bill that premiered 28th June. From Kenneth MacMillan’s hugely demanding “Mayerling” to Akram Khan’s kathak-informed contemporary dance, Friedemann once again wins over critics and audience alike with his versatility and electrifying performances.

Here’s a link to excerpts and interviews on SWR with choreographers and dancers Friedemann Vogel and Agnes Su ahead of the “Breath-taking” premiere:

Friedemann Vogel at Festival di Spoleto 30 June

Friedemann Vogel & Eleonora Abbagnato in “Nuit Blanche” wearing costumes by Maria Grazia Chiuri from Christian Dior ©Jean Couturier

Friedemann Vogel & Eleonora Abbagnato in “Nuit Blanche” wearing costumes by Maria Grazia Chiuri from Christian Dior ©Jean Couturier

Friedemann Vogel will be performing Sébastien Bertaud’s “Nuit Blanche” with special guest of the Festival Gala: Eleonora Abbagnato in the Spoleto Festival on Sunday 30 June, an evening dedicated to Italian ballet stars, with invited international artists.

Friedemann Vogel triumphs as Crown Prince Rudolf in "Mayerling"

Elisa Badenes and Friedemann Vogel as Baroness Mary Vetsera and Crown Prince Rudolf. Photo by Roman Novitzsky|Stuttgart Ballet

Elisa Badenes and Friedemann Vogel as Baroness Mary Vetsera and Crown Prince Rudolf. Photo by Roman Novitzsky|Stuttgart Ballet

“But there is no Mayerling without a Rudolf. Friedemann Vogel, one of the world’s finest male dancers, took on this mammoth role, the first of three Stuttgart Crown Princes. It now stands as a considerable achievement in his artistic maturity, such was the intelligence he brought to this complex and many-layered part. His Crown Prince was just that, a young man brought up to be Emperor, and his off-hand arrogance was portrayed with perhaps greater clarity than any other interpreter your critic has seen. Vogel cuts a handsome, elegant, noble figure and approaches the choreography with his usual purity of movement which makes his descent over the course of the ballet all the more tragic – some Rudolfs appear damaged and vulnerable from the start, but Vogel makes him almost dislikable and certainly the violence and casual humiliation of his bride Stephanie on their wedding night were uncomfortable to watch – this prince is not only used but relishes pushing his women around. He is a hugely strong partner, easily possessing the stamina to execute all seven major duets, yet still showing with care the way his character dances and acts differently with each of five women. Vogel charts Rudolf’s decay and disintegration with alarming verisimilitude, his drug taking produces blanks stares and zombie-like movement, his syphilis-induced blinding head-pain is sudden as it is shocking. Vogel will, no doubt, deepen his interpretation further, but it was, on first night, already the real deal, a performance to cherish.”

***** Classical Source on the Stuttgart Ballet premiere of Kenneth MacMillan’s “Mayerling”



Inspired by Porsche

"In my eyes, dance and sports cars have a lot in common." Years of practice have given multi-award-winning ballet dancer Friedemann Vogel the perfect body, allowing each muscle to serve art, expression and emotion. At Porsche, we call it "form follows function". And for the last 10 of those years, he's been driving a Porsche.

Common ground of sports cars and dancers: both are athletes

“In my eyes, dance and sports cars have a lot in common. The body of an athlete, for example, has to be fine-tuned very precisely like an engine and the chassis.” You can also see that in Vogel. His training has resulted in a perfect body. But it is not just for show. Each muscle serves art, expression and emotion. At Porsche, they call it “form follows function”. With strong discipline and hard work, Friedemann creates the basis for making his performance on stage completely effortless.

Excerpt from “Inspired by Porsche: Fascinating Movement”.

Read the full story of Friedemann Vogel’s interpretation of his drive in the sports car through dance in the Porsche Newsroom website.

Friedemann Vogel performs "Mayerling"

Kennth MacMillan’s “Mayerling” featuring Friedemann Vogel as Crown Prince Rudolf ©Roman Novitzsky|Stuttgart Ballet

Kennth MacMillan’s “Mayerling” featuring Friedemann Vogel as Crown Prince Rudolf ©Roman Novitzsky|Stuttgart Ballet

Friedemann Vogel will make his highly anticipated debut as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling - most famous for its highly demanding male lead role, who hardly leaves the stage during this three-act ballet, dancing seven pas de deux with five female partners in the last phase of his turbulent life. Friedemann will perform for the opening night of Stuttgart Ballet’s premiere of this masterpiece about the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire set in the late 19th Century by Kenneth MacMillan on 18th May.

FLYING HIGH FOR 20 YEARS

“A dancer takes off: Friedemann Vogel conquered the world of ballet from Stuttgart”

Stuttgarter Zeitung interviews world-renowned dance superstar Friedemann Vogel who celebrates his 20th anniversary with the Stuttgart Ballet this season. English translation available below, courtesy of Carla Böhm

Photo by Roman Novitzsky

Photo by Roman Novitzsky

A “Swan Lake” in Stockholm, a ballet festival in Tokyo, a gala with the prima ballerina Olga Smirnova in Moscow, a premiere in a new Dior costume in Rome and soon “Giselle” with Polina Semionova in Zürich: a look at Friedemann Vogel’s schedule on his website is enough to recognise that he is a global player in his art form. 

Friedemann Vogel is the Jonas Kaufmann of the ballet world, someone recently pointed out to explain the status of the superstar amongst the principal dancers in Stuttgart. The dancer, who takes time for an interview between two rehearsals and sacrifices his lunch break for it, doesn’t object to the comparison, even if it implies ballet remaining in opera’s shadow. “The important thing is that another audience can get an idea of what ballet is all about and that this facilities access to ballet”, says Friedemann Vogel. 

Advertising for ballet? In Stuttgart, where Friedemann Vogel has now been engaged for twenty seasons and appointed as “Kammertänzer”, it seems hardly necessary. And yet the dancer often slips into the role of ambassador for his beautiful and fleeting art, despite his high workload. The fact that he steps in front of the camera for fashion magazines like “Vogue” or “Harper’s Bazaar” and presents Haute Couture in an unusual way has nothing to do with the fact that he wants to show his well-trained body on another stage.

“If there are requests from fashion magazines, I make a commitment depending on whether an interview will be published with the photos”, says Friedemann Vogel. “Ballet and Fashion are closely linked. And it’s a good thing to present an art form for another audience and to promote ballet.” Furthermore, working with photographers is a lot of fun for him. “These are very talented artists with great visions”, he knows what fashion photographers appreciate about dancers: “Models know how to look good, which always leads to similar poses. But dancers can also convey emotions. I am very interested in capturing feelings through photography.” 

Just how well Friedemann Vogel’s ballet promoting mission works is evident in the collaboration with his colleague Roman Novitzky. An image from the “Swan Lake" that shows Friedemann Vogel as a ballet prophet dancing over water became an internet sensation. Now the two of them have a new Stuttgart photo to show: Friedemann Vogel captured in a jump in front of a panorama of the city, for a moment, the principal dancer seems to defy the law of gravity. 

It’s hard to believe that someone like him still has dream roles that he has not yet interpreted. High on Friedemann Vogel’s wish list is Crown Prince Rudolf in Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet “Mayerling”. He has received many invitations from other companies to perform this role, but the time was never right. When one came from Moscow last year, he turned it down at the request of the new Stuttgart Ballet artistic director; Tamas Detrich, who wanted Friedemann to make his debut in the role when he brought this full length production to Stuttgart. 

Rehearsals are now in full swing , with the premiere on 18th of May. The dancer describes the new role as a great challenge, “both physically and mentally”. “There are many pas de deux and variations; Rudolf is non-stop on stage”, says Friedemann Vogel.  He finds the embodiment of the heir to the Austrian-Hungarian throne, who dies with his beloved, devastating, “because it is always only about depression and conflicts. There’s never a moment when he is happy and free to dance”. 

The intense personality of Rudolf follows him home in the evening, Friedemann Vogel says. “The difficultly is finding yourself in this character. As a dancer, who can only communicate with the body, one must not pretend, but must actually embody a role. With Rudolf, it really gets under my skin”, notes Friedemann Vogel, who comprehends it this way: “Rudolf is someone who was abused as a child. He is military trained and educated to continue the monarchy. He is an artistically inclined. His despair, his madness is a response to an education that is not at all compatible for his character”, says Vogel, suggesting this where this ballet could be topical. It’s difficult material. “But the Stuttgart audience, which readily engages with issues, is certainly ready for such a piece”, says Friedemann Vogel. And as he speaks, you feel a deep connection. “This is my home and a part of me”, adds the Stuttgart native. “I am incredibly happy here, the Stuttgart Ballet is my base and gives me a stop”. But it is also clear to the superstar that without the experience of many performances as guest artist, he would have never made it to the top. “I wouldn’t have been able to achieve it, if I only stayed in one place”, he said.

Does the dancer, who celebrates his 40th birthday this year, think about the end of his active career? “Through injury,  it can happen any time”, Vogel responded thoughtfully. But actually he feels in better shape than at the beginning of his career. “As a young dancer, you need time, until you have found yourself and the knowledge about your body”. Passing on his experiences to the next generation could be a field of work for the future.

The world of fashion and costumes, which he explored in collaboration with his partner Thomas Lempertz, is not a perspective for him personally. “This was a trip, but nothing that would fulfil me”, Friedemann Vogel realised. “Only dance gives me fulfilment”, he says, “I want to be faithful to it. It’s been with me since I can remember, and it will always be a part of me”. How, this will certainly reveal itself for someone like him.

Translation courtesy of Carla Böhm

Stuttgart Ballet Star Friedemann Vogel dances into the Fashion Heaven

“In his unique career, Friedemann Vogel, star of the Stuttgart Ballet, has seen much of the world. In Rome, he is now dancing in the sky of the fashion universe. “

The world renowned dancer speaks to  Stuttgarter Zeitung  about performing in a costume specially designed for him by Maria Grazia Chiuri of Christian Dior for the world premiere of  Nuit Blanche  by Sébastien Bertaud.

The world renowned dancer speaks to Stuttgarter Zeitung about performing in a costume specially designed for him by Maria Grazia Chiuri of Christian Dior for the world premiere of Nuit Blanche by Sébastien Bertaud.

Friedemann Vogel in Rome for Dior x Dance Collaboration with Rome Opera Ballet

After performing Il Pipistrello  and Manon as guest artist of the Rome Opera Ballet, Friedemann Vogel returns to Rome for another performance with the Rome Opera Ballet, this time in the world premiere Nuit Blanche, choreographed by the French choreographer Sébastien Bertaud for a Philip Glass Evening on 29 March. This new commission will reunite Friedemann with the Rome Opera Ballet artistic director Eleonora Abbagnato, and feature the ballet stars in costumes designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri of Dior.

Eleonora Abbagnato & Friedemann Vogel in “Nuit Blanche” ©Julien Benhamou

Eleonora Abbagnato & Friedemann Vogel in “Nuit Blanche” ©Julien Benhamou

Feel the emotion of the ballet 'Nuit Blanche', from behind-the-scenes to the closing performance at the Opera House in Rome. A voyage of discovery, from the savoir-faire that goes into creating the hand-painted flowers on Maria Grazia Chiuri's creations, to choreography by Sébastien Bertaud and performances by Eleonora Abbagnato and Friedemann Vogel.
Monsieur Dior himself cultivated a lifelong passion for dance and also designed costumes for the Ballet at the Paris Opera. Today, Maria Grazia Chiuri follows in his footsteps by creating costumes for 'Nuit Blanche', an homage to the musician and composer Philip Glass.

Friedemann Vogel in Encens magazine nº41

Friedemann Vogel for the 41st edition of Encens Magazine Photos by Francesco Brigida Video by Etienne Larragueta Friedemann represented by Global Arts Link

Critically acclaimed around the world as one of the world’s most outstanding dancers, ballet star Friedemann Vogel continues on his journey of collaborations with fashion brands and magazines in the latest edition of Encens magazine, featuring innovative styling by the magazine editor Samuel Drira, photography by Francesco Brigada and video by Etienne Larragueta. Fashion brands worn by Friedemann for the shoot include Hed Mayner, Ralph Lauren, Kenzo, Emporio Armani, Uma Wang, Comme des garcons and Issey Miyake.

Friedemann Vogel on the cover of art tourist

For their latest issue entitled JOHN after the legendary choreographer John Cranko, Culture Magazine arttourist interviewed and featured Stuttgart Ballet principal dancer and world renowned ballet star Friedemann Vogel on their cover.

Photos by Helmuth Scham; Interview by Kal Geiger



Frogman by curious directive going to Singapore International Festival of Arts

Fusing a groundbreaking virtual reality experience with a thrilling murder mystery, FROGMAN by critically-acclaimed UK company curious directive takes you to the cutting edge of live storytelling today. We are excited to announce that the Singapore International Festival of Arts will be presenting Frogman from 21 to 26 May. https://www.sifa.sg/programmes/multi-disciplinary/frogman

Trailer for 2017 UK TOUR of FROGMAN
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Friedemann Vogel to perform in Stuttgart Ballet's premiere of Jiří Kylián's "One of a Kind"

Friedemann Vogel’s next performance will be in the Stuttgart Ballet premiere of Jiří Kylián’s One of a Kind on 22nd February, timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the choreographer’s arrival in Stuttgart. This will be the third production of Kylián’s which Friedemann is dancing, having previously performed Bella Figura and Forgotten Land.

Friedemann Vogel and Agnes Su ©Stuttgart Ballet

Friedemann Vogel and Agnes Su ©Stuttgart Ballet

Friedemann Vogel at the 2019 Festival di Sanremo

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For the special duets evening of the highly anticipated Sanremo Music Festival on 8 February, Friedemann Vogel generated much buzz in the Italian press with his pas de deux with Eleonora Abbagnato choreographed by Giorgio Mancini, for the performance of “Aspetto che torni” by festival favourite Francesco Renga and Bungaro.

Friedemann Vogel & Eleonora Abbagnato

Friedemann Vogel & Eleonora Abbagnato

Nella quarta serata del Festival di Sanremo 2019 dedicata ai duetti, sul palco dell'Ariston Francesco Renga ripropone il brano in gara "Aspetto che torni" al fianco di Bungaro ed Eleonora Abbagnato. Ad accompagnarli l'eleganza e la raffinatezza del ballerino tedesco Friedemann Vogel. TUTTI I VIDEO E LE PUNTATE https://www.raiplay.it/programmi/festivaldisanremo/?wt_mc=2.google.yt.rai_festivaldisanremo.&wt