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Japan Tour / November 2018 (Day 19)

Kobe turns out to be a delightful city and presents itself to us from its best side. The morning after our arrival dawns with brilliant sunshine and balmy temperatures which inspires many dancers to take a stroll along the water as our hotel lies directly at the harbor which also provides spectacular views from our hotel rooms. Downtown Kobe is just five minutes away on foot and is filled with good restaurants, attractive bars and coffee houses, wonderful bakeries, upscale stores as well as small boutiques and arcades filled with stores for every wallet. The Hyogo Performing Arts Center lies in the next town over, and is a modern, spacious, state of the art theater. We travel between the two cities via a local commuter train which provides insight into the daily life of the local population. Of course, everyone is also working! Class, rehearsals, set up and unpacking run along smoothly. This afternoon the last performance will take place; tomorrow morning our bus departs for the airport at 5:45 am. As today is our tour diary photographer Roman Novitzky’s birthday and as he is also performing today, there will not be an entry in our tour diary tomorrow. Which is why we would like to take the opportunity now to say thank you to Roman for his amazing, unflagging work and of course we wish him a very happy birthday. And of course a huge toi, toi, toi to him, Alicia Amatriain, Friedemann Vogel and the whole company for the last performance of this highly successful tour.

Photos: Roman Novitzky

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Japan Tour / November 2018 (Day 12)

Our second Swan Lake performance took place yesterday before a full house. Not only our Kammertaenzer Alicia Amatriain und Friedemann Vogel, also the whole company provided an unforgettable performance. Highly concentrated and with great intensity John Cranko’s tragic love story was brought to life with dancing on the highest level. Bravo!

Photos: Roman Novitzky


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Japan Tour / November 2018 (Day 4)

The day of the premiere is getting closer; the dress rehearsal of John Cranko’s Onegin with the fantastic Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra under our Music Director James Tuggles‘ baton runs smoothly. Our strong and expressive Kammertänzer Alicia Amatriain and Friedemann Vogel take on the leading roles. We can’t wait for opening night!

Photos: Roman Novitzky


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E-MAIL FROM… MOSCOW (FRIEDEMANN VOGEL)

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Friedemann Vogel and Olga Smirnova

From Russia with LOVE!

I am very excited to be back in Moscow on one of the most famous stages in the world, at the Bolshoi Theatre, I am very much looking forward to dance in the World Ballet Stars Gala: A Tribute to Marius Petipa.

Making the occasion even more special is my first partnership with the Bolshoi Ballet prima ballerina Olga Smirnova. We are both so thrilled to dance together the Mirror pas de deux from Onegin for two nights on 31st May and 1st June.

Much love
Friedemann


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E-MAIL FROM… ROME (FRIEDEMANN VOGEL)

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Friedemann Vogel and Eleonora Abbagnato, © Yasuko Kageyama / TOR

Ciao from Roma!

What a joy to be back here with the Rome Opera Ballet, for the second year in a row! This time, I will be dancing Chevalier des Grieux in Kenneth MacMillan’s beautiful tragedy Manon, with the Rome Opera Ballet Director of the Corps de Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet Ètoile Eleonora Abbagnato in the eponymous role. It has been a while since Eleonora and I last shared the stage, so I am really looking forward to partnering her again, for three performances on 25th, 27th and 29th May, at the beautiful Teatro Costanzi.

Much love
Friedemann