Sports cars and ballet dancers have a few things in common. Both are elegant, powerful, and are mesmerizing to look at. It can’t be a coincidence, that German automobile manufacturer Porsche has its headquarter in Stuttgart and one of ballets most famous names, principal dancer Friedemann Vogel, is part of Stuttgart Ballet. Therefore, it is easy to see why Friedemann Vogel and Porsche go so well together.
Allow us to prove our point with the following photo.
Friedemann Vogel hardly needs an introduction. He has been with Stuttgart Ballet for 20 years and is often invited as a guest dancer at other major ballet houses around the world. In Germany, he is also known as Kammertänzer – which is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a dancer. His repertoire is extensive, and his award list is long. On top of that, Stuttgart is not only his stomping ground, but his birth place. Same goes for Porsche. It was founded in Stuttgart by Ferry Porsche. Their line-up of sports cars, racing experiences and next visions for the future combined with a long tradition is lengthy, so is their list of awards. For many years Porsche has been involved with and supported the arts, for example the local culture in Stuttgart and Leipzig.
Spectacle was invited to cover the cooperation between Friedemann Vogel and Porsche exclusively. We spent many hours with Porsche and Friedemann, while he shot the video, in which he also tells you a little bit about himself. Up close we witnessed, how much effort it takes to concentrate and stay in the moment for hours. While Friedemann was getting ready for the long day ahead, he shared a shoot like this is even more exhausting than a performance on stage. Usually his performances are around two hours long and often have an interval. We got to see what only a few can witness: His warm up routine was interesting to watch.
Basically, because we were so impressed with his back muscles!
Have a seat in the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, put on your seatbelt and have Friedemann Vogel drive you through Stuttgart. This car is so sleek and quiet on the streets. Not to mention beautiful. It does make a lasting impression on one, even if you are not a car enthusiast (talking from experience here!).
We took the time to ask Friedemann Vogel about his driving style and he kindly shared:
“I like to drive and if the road is clear, I’ll go all the way to the speed limit. I also like to be driven around, though. Especially when you arrive in a new city, you are not familiar with. It is nice to sit back and enjoy the ride”.
Friedemann himself created the choreography for the dance, with the intention to manifest his driving impressions of a Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid through dance - #inspiredbyPorsche. He made it all look so effortless, his movement was slow at times and full of strength at other times, which also becomes clear while driving the modern sports car. When ballet dancers take to the stage, they try to be as elegant as possible and float across the stage. So did the car! But there is another reason why Friedemann decided to test drive this car:
A perfect match, no?
Next week we will share much more from behind the scenes. Without further ado, here is the video in the Porsche Newsroom:
(This post is an exclusive cooperation with Porsche and Friedemann Vogel).
Car information: Fuel consumption combined 3.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 74 g/km; electricity consumption (combined) 16.0 kWh/100 km