Puppeteer • Singer
Actress • Director
Nina Vogel is a Brazilian multidisciplinary performing artist.
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.
In 2019, she created ConCordis - The Coeur Lambe-Lambe, whose debut took place in Montreal, during the tour she made between France and Quebec. In 2020, she was selected as one of the presenters for the WP Puppet Power 2020 - online version. In this event she presents a conference in two versions (one in English and one in French) on the Lambe-Lambe theater, the creative process of the show and its relation to subjects such as the human agency and the post-human agency and poetry. She also presents 30 one-on-one sessions online, and in partnership with another multidisciplinary Brazilian artist, Dayane Ros, she follows in the process of making a poetic documentary, based on the images and testimonies collected at each session. She also works on the creation of a show in two parts around the evocative power of the song and the universe of the puppet: INCANTATORIUM, the place of the incantation ...
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.