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Friedemann Vogel: Stuttgart Ballet

May 6, 2012

Friedeman Vogel, Principal Dancer, Stuttgart Ballet

Friedemann Vogel was born in Stuttgart. He received his ballet training at the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart and subsequently received the John Gilpin scholarship to study with Marika Besobrasova at the Académie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace in Monaco.

He showed his outstanding talent by winning several internatonal balet competition awards. In 1997, he won the Prix de Lausanne, the Junior Gold medal at the Prix de Luxembourg and at the Eurocity Competition in Italy. In the following year he successfully took part in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, USA. In 2002 he also won the much-coveted Erik-Bruhn-Prize for young dancers in Toronto with the Pas de deux from In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (William Forsythe). In 2005 he was named several times in the category “Outstanding Dancer” in the critics’ choice of the magazine ballettanz and again in 2009. In 2010 he was appointed “Dancer of the year” by the magazine tanz.

At the beginning of the season 1998/99 he became a member of the Corps de ballet at the Stuttgart Ballet. He was promoted Demi Soloist in 2000/01 and to Soloist at the beginning of the next season. Since June 2002 Friedemann Vogel is Principal Dancer with the Stuttgart Ballet.

Guest performances and tours with the Stuttgart Ballet lead him amongst others to the Scala in Milano, to the Staatsballet Berlin, the Finnish National Ballet, the National Ballet of China and to the Marijnsky Theater as well as to several Galas and guest performances in Asia. In 2007, he received major critical acclaim when guesting at the English National Ballet as Prince Siegfried in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake and again in 2009 as Daria Klimentová’s partner in MacMillan’s Manon.

The above video is the solo from “Brouillards”, choreography by John Cranko with music by Claude Débussy. “Brouillards” premiered by the Stuttgart Ballet at the Staatstheater Stuttgart in 1970.

This video is Friedemann Vogel with Daria Klimentova in the steamy Pas de Deux from “Lady of the Camellias”, choreography by John Neumeier with music by Frédéric Chopin.  Ms. Klimentova is a principal dancer with the English National Ballet, this performance was at the London Coliseum. “Lady of the Camellias” was created for Marcia Haydée by Mr. Neumier, who was the Prima Ballerina of the Stuttgart Ballet from 1962 – 1976 and then the Artistic Director from 1976 -1996. The Ballet was premiered by Stuttgart Ballet at the Staatstheater Stuttgart in 1978.

This my favorite of the three videos, it is the solo from  Marco Goeckes “Mopey”  with music by  C.P.E. Bach and The Cramps. “Mopey” premiere on March 16, 2004; and was original created for Peter Boal and Company’s New York season at the Joyce Theater. Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times called it “a tour de force” and “a touching piece of alienation,” while Laura Shapiro of New York Magazine praised it as … “riveting … a portrait of madness so eloquent it looked like Shakespeare without words.”…

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