Dance meets Fashion 2017 Highlights featuring ballet star Friedemann Vogel
Global Arts Link celebrates 10 years in 2018!
Heartfelt thanks to our clients, project partners and supporters who have got us thus far. Join us for this special celebratory year with our many exciting projects and inspiring artists from around the globe!
The Arts Arena Bread&Circuses Curious Directive Danny Braverman Friedemann Vogel Janis Claxton Jenna Lee John Malkovich Julian Sands Soumik Datta Thembi Mtshali-Jones W!ld Rice Yaël Farber
Global Arts Link welcomes Curious Directive on board
Global Arts Link is delighted to work with Curious Directive to develop international touring opportunities for Frogman, following its runaway success in Edinburgh 2017. This groundbreaking psychological thriller has won rave reviews for its ingenious use of Virtual Reality to create an immersive theatre experience for the audience, cast in the role of jury members to ascertain the involvement of the protagonist Meera Clarke in the mysterious disappearance of her friend in 1995. Frogman is available for international touring from 2018.
Wot? No Fish!! by bread&circuses to make its Asian premiere in Shanghai 16 & 17 December in the ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival
bread&circuses will be touring their critically acclaimed solo-theatre production Wot? No Fish!! to China, making its Asian premiere in the ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival on 16th to 17th December, before going to Chengdu for three performances from 22nd to 24th December. The China tour rounds up an exciting year that saw this heartwarming "show about love... made with love" (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) tour to the Adelaide Festival (Australia), Aarhus (Denmark) as part of the European Capital of Culture, and most recently to Luxembourg.
Friedemann Vogel returns to Swan Lake as Prince Siegfried on 6 December
Friedemann Vogel makes his long-awaited return to Swan Lake as Prince Siegfried, with Alicia Amatriain battling for his love as Odile and Odette. Friedemann will be giving three performances only of John Cranko's version of this popular ballet classic this season at Stuttgart Ballet, on 6th, 14th and Christmas Day! More details on friedemannvogel.com
Soumik Datta to perform Fretless Nomad in Australia on 1 + 2 December as part of Art State Lismore
‘One of the biggest new music talents in Britain’– VOGUE
‘Vanguard of British Asian music’ – BBC 3
‘British Sarod Maestro’ – Time Out
‘A celebration of artistic fusion between UK and India’ – INDEPENDENT
Sarod maestro Soumik Datta performs "Fretless Nomad' in Australia this weekend, on Fri 1 Dec and Sat 2 Dec at Artstate Lismore. The Sat performance will also include a Q&A session with the artist. See link below for more details:
Announcing the launch of the new King of Ghosts album under The Globe's recording label!
Commissioned by Edinburgh Mela Festival in 2014, and co-composed by Soumik Datta (UK), Cormac Byrne (Ireland) and Johannes Berauer (Austria), King of Ghosts has toured internationally as a cine-concert, from Morocco to Australia to Hong Kong to Singapore. Its most recent incarnation - a collaboration with the City of London Sinfonia sextet at The Globe's Sam Wanamaker Playhouse - has led to a recording of this exuberant, evocative soundtrack released today (17th November) under The Globe's recording label, featuring Soumik on sarod, Cormac on percussions and the City of London Sinfonia conducted by Bill Barclay. Here's a giveaway track - have a listen! Click here to purchase the CD: http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/globemusic
Dance Icon Friedemann Vogel featured in the 7th Edition of Fashion for Men Magazine
Influential fashion personality and photographer Milan Vukmirovic has cast the spotlight on Friedemann Vogel - Stuttgart Ballet principal and one of the most internationally sought after dance artists today - in his highly anticipated 7th edition of the annual Fashion for Men magazine with a 26-page feature, for which Milan photographed Friedemann and interviewed him about life, love and his illustrious career as a critically acclaimed ballet star.
Soumik Datta featured in the November issue of GQ India
"Everything he does is shot through with the conviction that 'art must reflect the world around us' ". Soumik Datta on his commitment to bridging the classical with the contemporary, and why he turned down the opportunity to tour with Jay-Z and Beyoncé.
Friedemann Vogel makes his debut in San Sebastián at the Alicia & Friends Gala on 10th & 11th November
Friedemann Vogel will make his debut in San Sebastian - the hometown of his longtime dance partner and fellow Stuttgart Ballet etoile Alicia Amatriain - in the Alicia & Friends Gala, for which he will be performing two John Cranko duets with her from Onegin and Legende, and a solo from Mopey by Marco Goecke. For more info...
South African Lifetime Achievement Award winner Thembi Mtshali-Jones performs her autobiographical play "A Woman in Waiting" in Hong Kong on 2nd & 3rd November
Directed by the internationally acclaimed Yaël Farber with whom she co-created this moving solo theatre production, Thembi Mtshali-Jones - one of South Africa's most revered artists on stage and on screen - will perform the Asian premiere of this heart-rending play based on her extraordinary life in Hong Kong as part of the 2017 "World Cultures Festival" on 2nd & 3rd November. The multiple-award winning A Woman in Waiting has moved audiences around the world, from London to Paris (at UNESCO) to Baku (Azerbaijan) to Fujairah (UAE) since it was first performed in New York in 1999.
Friedemann Vogel to reprise the title role for the 50th anniversary of John Cranko's Onegin on 27th October with Stuttgart Ballet
Fresh from performing Romeo in Singapore, Friedemann Vogel will be dancing the lead role in another John Cranko masterpiece: Onegin to celebrate its 50th anniversary on 27th October, after which he will have three more performances of this romantic tragedy with Alicia Amatriain as his Tatjana on 3rd and 5th November at Stuttgart Ballet. For more info...
India + Japan + Korea: Three traditional instrumentalists create a whole new contemporary sound! Soumik Datta, Shogo Yoshii & Woojae Park are all set to go on tour with their new collaboration Drunken Jungle from 2018!
Friedemann Vogel returns to The Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay in Singapore with another John Cranko masterpiece: Romeo & Juliet on 12th October
WOOJAE PARK with SHOGO YOSHII & SOUMIK DATTA at Rich Mix London on 9th October
For this concert, specially created for K-Music 2017, Woojae Park is joined by two of the other creative voices that joined him in Fractus V. Japanese drummer Shogo Yoshii was a member of the legendary taiko ensemble Kodo, and has toured with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for many years. British Indian composer and sarod player Soumik Datta was featured earlier this year in his own Channel 4 series – Soumik’s concerts bridge the world of Indian classical and contemporary music. His artistic hallmarks are his collaborations with other artists: Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bill Bailey, Manu Delago, Akram Khan, Nitin Sawhney, Anoushka Shankar, Bernhard Schimpelsberger and Talvin Singh, to name a few.
"Managing the Arts across Cities and Cultures" is organised by the Arts and Culture Management Program, in the School of Social Sciences at the Singapore Management University, and supported by Centre 42.
In this sharing session, Charlene Lim will relate a few stories from working on a daily basis with stakeholders from around the world – artists, festival directors, government agencies, NGOs, etc. – to discuss new realities and challenges confronting arts managers today, including the challenges of intercultural dialogue, the opportunities for transborder collaborations, as well as career prospects. Ultimately, this session aims to provide a platform for current and future arts managers to come together and actively contemplate, share and discuss the pressing issues facing arts and cultural management today, and in the coming years.
The session will be co-chaired by:
Assistant Professor Hoe Su Fern
School of Social Sciences
Mr Alex Lou
Business Development Director
Singapore International Film Festival
The event will take place from 15h to 17h. Admission is free. Please register at: http://bit.ly/2wm0R2Z
"Managing the Arts across Cities and Cultures" is organised by the Arts and Culture Management Program, in the School of Social Sciences at the Singapore Management University, and supported by Centre 42.
Friedemann Vogel performs in the Pure Cranko mixed bill to open the Stuttgart Ballet 2017/2018 season on 3rd October
Friedemann Vogel will be performing in Brouillards, as part of the Pure Cranko gala to commemorate the 90th birthday of John Cranko this year, on 3rd, 6th and 7th October. Created in 1970 for the Stuttgart Ballet , Brouillards – or “Mist” in French – comprises a series of episodes, and derived its inspiration from the piano preludes of Debussy written from 1910 to 1913.
The India@UK 2017 Year of Culture Independence Gala at the Southbank Centre Royal Festival Hall on 4th October
Sarod maestro Soumik Datta performs alongside a range of artists focusing on collaborations in a festival gala that heralds the coming together of British and Indian performing art forms, part of the India@UK 2017 Year of Culture.
Of Miracles and Superheroes - 55 Years of Stuttgart Ballet
- Screening of the documentary at The Projector in Singapore on Sunday 1st October
On the twentieth anniversary of Reid Anderson’s appointment as director of the Stuttgart Ballet SWR television has produced a ninety-minute documentary. The documentary film portrays the Stuttgart Ballet from its beginnings under the legendary choreographer John Cranko right up to the present.
Author Harold Woetzel accompanied the ballet company for a whole year. “I was fascinated most of all by the dancers,” says the SWR-filmmaker Woetzel about the filming.
The Projector in Singapore will be screening this SWR documentary on Sun 1 Oct at 11am, as part of the Cineda:ns series, ahead of the Stuttgart Ballet's performance of Romeo & Juliet from 12th to 14th October.
Friedemann Vogel launches the 10th Anniversary of The Arts Arena in Paris
Friedemann Vogel to make his debut in Kazakhstan at the Almaty Gala des Etoiles with Diana Vishneva
Friedemann Vogel will perform for the first time in Kazakhstan, in the Almaty Gala des Etoiles on 15th & 16th September, to perform two duets with Russian prima ballerina Diana Vishneva. Friedemann and Diana will revisit Mauro Bigonzetti's Vertigo, as well as perform the Act III pas de deux from John Cranko's Onegin together for the first time.
For more info: http://friedemannvogel.com/schedule/
PRINCE CHARMING DANCES ONEGIN
PRINCE CHARMING DANCES ONEGIN
Now into its 11th year, the International Ballet Star Gala invites international ballet stars every year to perform, and this year, we have invited the principal dancer of Germany’s Stuttgart Ballet, Friedemann Vogel, who has the image of "Prince Charming", and the star of the Russian Bolshoi Ballet, Evgenia Obraztsova (Evgenia Obraztsova); These two principal dancers will perform the pas de deux from the dance drama “Onegin”.
First time partnering the Bolshoi Ballet star
"For these two top international dancers, this partnership is an important collaboration in their dance careers" said Wang Zexin, organizer and artistic director of 《黑潮藝術》Art Wave. "This Mirror Pas de Deux is an important segment in the work. It is a big challenge to see the male dancer lift the female dancer, toss her, then speedily lower her to turn her around on the ground, and so on, all the while maintaining an elegance in form, in a series of fluent movements.
Wang Ze Xin said that Friedemann Vogel is an international ballet super star, "at the height 190 cm, plus a certain aristocratic temperament, he always dances the romantic lead; ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Onegin’, ‘Swan Lake’ are all amongst his masterpieces. His overall image/personality is like a Prince Charming who has stepped off the pages of a manga.”
Amazing skill to dance the pas de deux
Friedemann Vogel, 38, has been dancing with his 13-year older brother since he was a child; he started training formally from the age of nine, and since then, has been inseparable from dance. Add to that, his outstanding technique and handsome appearance, Friedemann has been the pride and joy of Stuttgart Ballet, a frequent guest dancer around the world, often performing with different dance partners.
"International Ballet Star Gala" is Wang Zexin’s effort to invigorate the Taiwanese ballet scene. Since 2007, she has continued organizing this event every year, inviting a number of international ballet dancers to Taiwan to perform. Now into 11 years, the Gala has showcased more and more top ballet stars, as well as present a number of new works. Its growing reputation has also attracted hardcore ballet fans from Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong etc to Taiwan to enjoy the performances.
It is worth mentioning that the British choreographer David Dawson's new ballet "White Swan" will have its Asian premiere at the Gala. Wang Ze Xin said, "This work to break the audience perception of the classical White Swan ballet; although there is the same use of Tchaikovsky’s music, the male and female leads will not embody the elaborate classical ballet form; instead you will see the characteristically clean lines of contemporary dance.
From classical to contemporary
Wang Ze Xin said that this year's programme ranges from the classics to the contemporary, showcasing a total of more than 20 styles of diverse dance styles.
Friedemann Vogel headlining the 11th International Ballet Star Gala in Taipei on 19 & 20 August
Friedemann Vogel continues his summer tour with another performance at a ballet gala. This will be his fifth performance in Taiwan, and for this 11th International Ballet Star Gala in Taipei on 19th & 20th August, Friedemann will be dancing three John Cranko duets: Legende and Romeo & Juliet with fellow Stuttgart Ballet star Elisa Bandenes, and the Onegin Mirror pas de deux with Evgenia Obraztsova from Bolshoi Theatre. For more details... Photos ©Baki
Friedemann Vogel makes his debut in Montreal with a new solo by Guillaume Côté and another Béjart masterpiece in Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur
Friedemann Vogel makes his debut in Montreal with another Béjart masterpiece: Songs of a Wayfarer. He will be dancing the part performed by Nureyev in this duet with Guillaume Côté: Artistic Director of Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur on 5 & 6 Aug in "A Night with the Stars" . In addition, Friedemann will premiere a brand new solo created for him by Guillaume: Cadavre Exquis, with original music by Montag. For more details...
Rehearsal photo of Cadavre Exquis by Roman Novitzky
BACK ON THE RED TABLE!
Friedemann Vogel will be back in Chile to perform Boléro with the Ballet of Santiago from 29 July to 2 Aug
From Stuttgart to Santiago, from one masterpiece to another... Friedemann Vogel leaves the romantic streets of Romeo & Juliet's Verona for Béjart's iconic red table, where the Ballet of Santiago await his return to perform the Bolero for the second time in Chile, from 29 July to 2 Aug, in the 4th Festival of Choreographers at the Teatro Municipal.
Friedemann Vogel with the Ballet de Santiago. Photos by Patricio Melo
"Just her hand on my shoulder is enough. Alicia is simply my Juliet... We've known each other since we were 14." Friedemann Vogel on his wonderful partnership with fellow Stuttgart Ballet étoile Alicia Amatriain.
Talking about his inspiration behind the festival, Soumik says, "I wanted to recreate the atmosphere of vibrant Indian festivals complete with nomad bands and folk musicians playing on street corners and city gardens."
Friedemann Vogel performing in Viva Maia: A Gala of International Ballet Stars at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes on Saturday 8 July
Recipient of the Prix Maïa for “Outstanding Dancer” last year, Friedemann Vogel will be performing two duets with fellow Stuttgart Ballet star Maria Eichwald - Mono Lisa by Itzik Galili and the bedroom pas de deux from Manon by Kenneth MacMillan in Viva Maïa: A Gala of International Étoiles - a tribute to the late prima ballerina Maïa Plissetskaïa on 8 July at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.
For more info: https://www.viva-maia.com
Soumik Datta is a British Indian composer and virtuoso player of the sarod – a 19 stringed fretless instrument with a nomadic history spanning ancient Afghanistan, colonial India and modern day global downloads. In the run up to his upcoming event at the Globe Theatre as a part of the Festival of Independence, Richa Grover caught up with Soumik Datta for Asian Lite News
"AT THIRTY SEVEN YEARS OLD, FRIEDEMANN VOGEL IS WITHOUT DOUBT, THE TOP DANCER OF HIS GENERATION. COVERED IN AWARDS, GLORY AND HONOURS, THE MODEST HERO STARTED OUT AS A CHILD PRODIGY GROWING UP IN THE ERA AFTER JOHN CRANKO, THE CHOREOGRAPHER WHO TURNED THE STUTTGART BALLET INTO A MIRACLE OF CREATIVITY AND RENEWAL. INDEED, VOGEL HAS ONE FOOT PRODIGIOUSLY PERCHED IN HIS NATIVE CITY AND BALLET, THE OTHER PRANCING ACROSS THE WORLD’S STAGES. BOLSHOI, MARIINKSY, HONG KONG BALLET, ROME OPERA, THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CHINA: THEATRES WORLDWIDE FIGHT TO HOST THIS EXTRAODRINARY DANCER, A STUNNING COMBINATION OF POWERFUL LYRICISM AND FELINE ELEGANCE. BETWEEN SANTIAGO, MONTREAL, TAIPEI, AND A CREATION AT HIS HOME IN STUTTGART, LET’S MEET THE DANCE WORLD’S VERY OWN FIREBIRD."
Friedemann Vogel and Volker Schlöndorff in Conversation in the June issue of Vogue Germany
Two generations of German superstars - one an Oscar winning director, and the other a Stuttgart Ballet étoile - spent an inspiring afternoon in Potsdam in Volker's home and in his historic jaguar (a gift from Max Frisch!) sharing about magic moments working on screen and on stage. Photos by Ann Ray. English translation courtesy of Hannah Theodora Leutgeb.
Friedemann Vogel featured in the May issue of Danza & Danza Magazine
"Friedemann Vogel: Principal dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet since 2002, an authentic and generous artist. He sees the act of dancing as 'something unique he can give'. And it's clear to see." - Giuseppe Distefano
"Friedemann ist Kult."
- Angela Reinhardt, Canstatter-Zeitung
Happy International Dance Day! Check out this compilation of rave reviews of Friedemann Vogel's sensational performance of Béjart's Boléro with Stuttgart Ballet, featuring stunning photos by French photographer Ann Ray. And enjoy these new tantalizing excerpts of this masterpiece online.
Tuning 2 You: Lost Musicians of India goes on air on Channel 4 in the UK on 13 April!
Filmed and co-directed by the talented Datta brothers: sarod maestro Soumik Datta and filmmaker Souvid Datta, these six episodes in the first series chart their journey through remote Indian villages and coastal towns in search of under-recognized folk musicians, collecting songs and stories.
Scandinavian premiere of Wot? No Fish!! in Aarhus - European Capital of Culture
“Such love, it takes your breath away”
***** Reviewsgate July 2016
After a critically acclaimed run in the Adelaide Festival last week, Danny Braverman will perform Wot? No Fish!! this award-winning story about the "extraordinary lives of ordinary people" on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th March in the Stand-Alone Solo Performance Festival in Aarhus, Denmark, as part of the European Capital of Culture programme.
Global Arts Link is delighted to welcome The Arts Arena as a new client!
Global Arts Link is delighted to announce The Arts Arena as a new client, to provide consultancy services for the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Franco-American cultural organisation this year!
The Arts Arena is a multidisciplinary non-profit initiative for the visual, literary, and performing arts, film, and issues of culture and society. Notable artists featured in The Arts Arena include French artist Daniel Buren, theater director Robert Wilson, singer-composer Rufus Wainwright, composer Michael Nyman, Robert Wilson, legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, and world-renowned actor Willem Dafoe amongst many other illustrious cultural icons.
The Arts Arena launched its 10th anniversary celebrations in 2017 with An Evening with Friedemann Vogel - Stuttgart Ballet principal and one of the most internationally sought after dancers today.
Visit The Arts Arena's website for upcoming events in this special anniversary year!
"A prince on stage and in real life"
International Ballet Star Friedemann Vogel in the March issue of Vogue Russia
Ballet Star Friedemann Vogel back on stage in Rome this weekend!
Fans of Friedemann Vogel in Rome, don't miss this chance to catch the Ballet Star performing Kazimir's Colors with fellow Stuttgart Principal Alicia Amatriain this weekend, 18 & 19 February to celebrate the work of choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti at the Teatro Brancaccio. Here's a Kazimir's Colors trailer feat. Friedemann dancing the same duet with Diana Vishneva.
World Premiere on 15 February of Mosaic by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for the Martha Graham Company at the Joyce Theater in New York!
Influenced by sufi mysticism, Mosaic is the multi-award winning Flemish-Moroccan's attempt to piece together, juxtapose, and at the same time, uncover the different facets and paradoxes of the Middle East.
"I was interested in the concept of mosaic because it's all these little stones that you put next to each other, and all of a sudden they come together and create a bigger shape," Cherkaoui says. "So for me there was something about connecting the abstract with the reality of today – especially everything that's happening politically. It's very important to remember how diversity creates identity."
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui choreographed for Beyoncé's jaw dropping performance at the 2017 Grammys Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday 12 February
"If we're going to heal, let it be glorious,” Queen B quoted from her song “Sandcastles.” And glorious it was.
The singer is pregnant with twins, and thus there was no acrobatic entrance, no frenetic dancing. But there was still a show-stopping moment with a gravity-defying chair, and beautiful, lyrical choreography, choreographed by the multiple award-winning Flemish-Moroccan dance artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
Beyonce donned a gorgeous gold costume and a halo evoking the Virgin Mary and various goddess iconography, and relied on projected images accompanied by pre-taped voiceover to deliver an opening speech about healing and motherhood.
Check out the video links if you have yet to watch this spectacular performance.
Ballet Star Friedemann Vogel back on stage in Stuttgart performing Boléro in Seduction!
Stuttgart Ballet's resident star Friedemann Vogel won rave reviews and brought the house down with his sensational performance of Maurice Béjart's Boléro. Friedemann will be back on the red table to perform the climactic last act of Stuttgart Ballet's Seduction! mixed bill twice more, on 4th and 7th March.
Check out the new Boléro trailer on the Friedemann Vogel Fans YouTube channel!
Wot? No Fish!! by bread&circuses on tour to Australia and Denmark
This critically acclaimed "show about love...made with love" (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) will be going back to Australia, this time to the Adelaide Festival from 3 to 7 March, before heading up to Scandinavia for the first time, to the Solo Performance Festival in Aarhus, Denmark on 18 + 19 March, as part of the European Capital of Culture in 2017.
"... one of the most unique and magical insights into human life ever brought to the stage."
Friedemann Vogel performing Béjart's Boléro
Stuttgart Ballet étoile Friedemann Vogel goes back on the iconic red table to perform Maurice Béjart's Boléro with his home company in February and March 2017. This highly anticipated performance is part of the Ballet's mixed-bill "Seductions" opening on 3 February, and no doubt a highlight in the Stuttgart cultural calendar. Check the schedule on Friedemann's website to see which dates he is performing this celebrated work.
Friedemann Vogel launching The Arts Arena's 10th Anniversary Celebrations in Paris
Friedemann Vogel was invited to launch the 10th anniversary celebrations of The Arts Arena with "An Evening with Stuttgart Ballet Principal Friedemann Vogel" on Thursday, 12 January 2017. Joining him in conversation were acclaimed dance critic Philippe Noisette and The Arts Arena Founder & Artistic Director Margery Arent Safir.
The Arts Arena is a Paris-based Franco-American non-profit initiative in the visual and performing arts, film and issues of culture and society. Other distinguished dance figures who have participated in The Arts Arena include Mikhail Baryshnikov, Lucinda Childs and Paris Opera Ballet étoiles Mathieu Ganio and Eve Grinsztajn, and Balanchine star dancers* Violette Verdy, Suki Schorer, Colleen Neary, and Ghislaine Thesmar.