We present VIsible Multi-Object Spectrograph (VIMOS) observations of a z similar to 6 galaxy quintuply imaged by the Frontier Fields galaxy cluster RXC J2248.7-4431 (z = 0.348). This sub-L*, high-z galaxy has been recently discovered by Monna et al. (2013) using dropout techniques with the 16-band HST photometry acquired as part of the Cluster Lensing And Supernova survey with Hubble (CLASH). Obtained as part of the CLASH-VLT survey, the VIMOS medium-resolution spectra of this source show a very faint continuum between similar to 8700 angstrom and similar to 9300 angstrom and a prominent emission line at 8643 angstrom, which can be readily identified with Lyman-alpha at z = 6.110 +/- 0.002. The emission line exhibits an asymmetric profile, with a more pronounced red wing. The rest-frame equivalent width of the line is EW = 79 +/- 10 angstrom, relatively well constrained thanks to the detection of the UV continuum, which is rarely achieved for a sub-L* galaxy at this redshift. After correcting for magnification, the star formation rate (SFR) estimated from the Ly alpha line is SFR(Ly alpha) = 11 M-circle dot yr(-l) and that estimated from the UV data is SFR(UV) = 3 M-circle dot yr(-1). We estimate that the effective radius of the source is R-e less than or similar to 0.4 kpc, which implies a star formation surface mass density Sigma(SFR) > 6 M(circle dot)yr(-1) kpc(-2) and, using the Kennicutt-Schmidt relation, a gas surface mass density Sigma(gas) > 10(3) M(circle dot)pc(-2). Our results support the idea that this magnified, distant galaxy is a young and compact object with luminosity 0.4 L* at z = 6, when the Universe was just 1 Gyr old, with a similar amount of mass in gas and stars. In the spirit of the Frontier Fields initiative, we also publish the redshifts of several multiply imaged sources and other background objects, which will help improving the strong-lensing model of this galaxy cluster.
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