« Her spontaneity, her audacity and her curiosity make
Nina Vogel an inimitable artist!"
Director and guest-professor at the Université of Québec at Montréal -UQÀM
Born in Brazil, Nina Vogel is a multidisciplinary performing artist.
She began training as a performer by learning to play classical piano at the early age of five. Graced with a lovely soprano voice, Nina then studied opera singing and pursued with drama training at Escola Superior de Artes Célia Helena, in São Paulo.
From 2011 to 2012, she performed on stage under the direction of Bete Dorgam, Eduardo Okamoto, Guilherme Sant’Anna and Dagoberto Feliz. In 2012, clown and stage director Daniele Finzi Pasca selected her from the audience to perform in the Icaro show.
From 2013 to 2014, Nina honed her art during masterclasses with world-renowned theatre professionals, including actors from the Finzi Pasca company, actress Eve Doe-Bruce and musician Jean-Jacques Lemêtre from Théâtre du Soleil de Ariane Mnouchkine, stage director Sarkis Tcheumlekedjian from the Premier Acte company, actress Katharine Stalder from the Pierre Barayre company, stage director Anirudh Nair for the People's Palace Projects, and stage directors Arthur Luanda and André Curti from the Dos à Deux company.
From 2012 to 2016, she researched the work of painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, focussing on his circus scene lithographs and his friendships with the women who left a lasting impression on his life.
Puppeteer • Singer
Actress • Director
In 2015, Nina was introduced to the art of puppeteering by visual artist Natacha Belova, during an artist-in-residence workshop in Santiago de Chile. Puppeteering was an utter revelation for Nina. It inspired her to design a human-scale puppet of Toulouse-Lautrec.
The same year, she set to stage her puppet for a range of audiences. She featured her puppet in the interactive performance Rediscovering Lautrec, on the street, during private evening performances and at museums. In 2017, she created the play A night with Lautrec. Her performances garnered her warm public and press reviews.
The quality of her artistic work earned her two scholarships from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) in 2017 to further her skills in puppet theatre performance. Artists Dinaïg Stall, Isabelle Chrétien and Antoine Laprise were among her teachers.
Back in São Paulo since 2018, Nina has been designing new puppets that embody other outstanding artists from the past. The puppets will be part of the upcoming ANIMA series of sculptures that Nina will bring to life on stage. She is also working on the design of a two-part show highlighting the suggestive power of songs and the world of puppets: INCANTATORIUM, where incantation is called into motion…
Nina Vogel is not only a multi-talented artist, but an ambassador of Brazil’s vibrant culture on the international scene.
« Nina is a sensitive and honest artist who makes every experience, every learning, an opportunity to explore new facets of her art. She knows how to be fully involved in projects while maintaining a critical perspective and a flawless requirement. Her tenacity is matched only by her kindness and accompanying in her creative journey has been a great pleasure. »
Director and professor at the Université of Québec at Montréal