Principal, Stuttgart Ballet
Prize Winner, Prix de Lausanne 1997
Jury member, Prix de Lausanne 2022
Winning the Prix de Lausanne is without a doubt a major milestone. In fact, for me, even just participating in the competition was life-changing; as a young dancer, it was very eye-opening to encounter different dancers from around the world, and it really prepared me for a career in our highly demanding art form. Over the years, many participants of the Prix have gone on to achieve great things in dance, so I believe not only does it serve as a prestigious validation, but an incomparable early-career boost that motivates you to never stop reaching for new heights.
It is an incredible honour to be invited to be on the Jury panel, and especially poignant this year, considering how we are still learning to live with a pandemic, which has so deeply impacted the performing arts. To have this amazing opportunity to champion and hopefully inspire a new generation of young dancers at close range, as they embark on their careers at this very difficult moment, is both a responsibility that I take seriously and an experience that I know I will cherish.
Friedemann Vogel was born in Stuttgart (Germany), completed his ballet training at the Princess Grace Academy of ballet in Monte Carlo with the John Gilpin Scholarship from Princess Antoniette de Monaco. He showed his outstanding talent by winning several international ballet competition awards. In 1997 he won the Prix de Lausanne, the Gold medal in the Prix de Luxembourg, the Eurocity Competition in Italy and 1998 he won the Jackson Competition USA.
In September 1998 Friedemann Vogel joined the Stuttgart Ballet and quickly rose through the ranks. In 2002 he was promoted to first Soloist, the company’s highest rank. In the same year he also won the much-coveted Erik Bruhn Prize in Toronto, Canada. Friedemann Vogel has been elected Dancer of the Year twice by the international dance critics survey of the magazine TANZ, for 2010 and again for 2019. In June 2011 Friedemann was appointed by the Italian dance magazine Danza&Danza as Best Male Dancer. His repertory includes title roles in the classics, as well as principal roles in pieces by choreographers ranging from Cranko and Balanchine to Robbins and Kylián, from Neumeier to Forsythe and McGregor.
Friedemann Vogel has been invited to dance as a Guest Artist by the most prestigious companies like the Mariinsky Theater St.Petersburg, the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre Moscow, Teatro alla Scala Milano, the English National Ballet, the National Ballet of China, the Tokyo Ballet, the Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet de Santiago de Chile, the Finnish National Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin and the Bayerisches Staatsballett, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Royal Swedish Ballet, the Vienna State Ballet, the Korean National Ballet and the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. Since September 2014 Friedemann Vogel has been a Guest Principal with the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St.Petersburg. In September 2015 he was awarded the national title of “Kammertänzer”. In 2016 he received the “Prix MAYA”. In October 2020 he was honored as Outstanding Performer with the German Dance Prize. In 2021, Friedemann Vogel was selected to be the Ambassador for International Dance Day to write the official message by the International Theatre Institute, under the patronage of UNESCO.
Afternoon of a Faun (Jerome Robbins); Apollo (George Balanchine): Apollo; Ballet Imperial (George Balanchine): leading role; Bella Figura (Jiří Kylián): Pas de deux; Bolero (Maurice Béjart): male leading role; Brouillards (John Cranko): Bruyère; Dances at a Gathering (Jerome Robbins): Role in Green; Diamonds (George Balanchine): leading role; Edward II (David Bintley): Edward II; Forgotten Land (Jiří Kylián): White; Fratres (John Neumeier); Gaîté Parisienne (Maurice Béjart): Pas de deux “The Lovers”; Giselle (Production: Reid Anderson, Valentina Savina)(Patrice Bart)(Yvette Chauviré): Duke Albrecht; Grand Pas Classique by Daniel Auber; Herman Schmerman (William Forsythe); In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated (William Forsythe); Initials R.M.B.E. (John Cranko); Kaash (Akram Khan); Kazimir’s Colours (Mauro Bigonzetti): main role; La Bayadere (Natalia Makarova) (Yuri Grigorovich) : Solor; La Chauve-Souris (Roland Petit): Johann; La fille mal gardée (Sir Frederick Ashton): Colas; La Sylphide ((Peter Schaufuss), (Erik Bruhn) after August Bournonville)): James; Legende (John Cranko); Les Sylphides (Michail Fokine): Poet; Marguerite and Armand (Frederick Ashton): Armand; Manon (Kenneth MacMillan): Des Grieux; Mayerling (Kenneth MacMillan): Crown Prince Rudolph, Mopey (Marco Goecke); Nachtmerrie (Marco Goecke); Onegin (John Cranko): Onegin and Lenski; Poème de l’extase (John Cranko): lead role boy in love; Raymonda 3.Act (Rudolf Nureyev): Jean de Brienne; Ricercare (Glen Tetley); Romeo and Juliet (John Cranko), (Kenneth MacMillan), (Derek Deane) : Romeo; Slice to Sharp (Jorma Elo); Songs of a wayfarer (Maurice Béjart) role Nureyev; Stravinsky Violin Concerto (George Balanchine); Swan Lake (John Cranko),(Derek Deane),(Yuri Grigorovich),(Rudolf Nureyev),(Asaf Messerer): Prince Siegfried; Symphony in C (George Balanchine): 1st movement; The Dream (Frederick Ashton): Oberon; The Four Temperaments (George Balanchine): Sanguinic; The Lady and the Fool (John Cranko): Moondog, Prince; The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier): Armand Duval and Graf N.; The Sleeping Beauty (Márcia Haydée after Marius Petipa): Prince Désiré; The Song of the Earth (Kenneth MacMillan): Messanger of Death; The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude (William Forsythe); Theme and Variations (George Balanchine): leading role; Voluntaries (Glen Tetley): Pas de trois
Specially created Roles
Adagio Assai (Bridged Breiner); Cadavre Exquis (Guillaume Cote); Carlotta’s Portrait (Christian Spuck); Copelia at Teatro alla Scala (Derek Deane): Franz; Creatures with the Tokyo Ballet (Patrick de Bana): male lead role; EDEN / EDEN (Wayne McGregor); Fancy Goods (Marco Goecke); Giselle (Irina Lukasova): Duke Albrecht; Il Concertone (Mauro Bigonzetti); Le petit rien (Christian Spuck); Mono Lisa (Itzik Galili); Metrof (Shaked Heller); nocturne (Christian Spuck); Nuit Blanche (Sébastien Bertaud); Orlando (Marco Goecke): title role; Raymonda at Teatro alla Scala (Sergej Vikharev): Jean de Brienne; Source (Edward Clug); still.nest (Dominique Dumais); Strictly Gershwin (Derek Deane); Taiyō to Tsuki (Martin Schläpfer); The Chambers of a Heart (Itzik Galili); The Firebird (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui); The Shaking Tent (Marc Spradling); The Sleeping Beauty (Derek Deane),(Cyntia Harvey): Prince Desiré; Tristesse for ”Kings of the Dance” (Marcelo Gomes); Two Pieces of Matter against the Gravitational Force (Jean Christophe Blavier)