Kang Sue-jin, the principal dancer of Germany's acclaimed Stuttgart Ballet, returns to Seoul for the company's production of "The Lady of the Camellias" on January 30 and 31 at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. Kang will dance the leading role of Marguerite Gautier in the love story based on a novel by Alexander Dumas, and choreographed by John Neumeier, art director of the Hamburg Ballet.
Meanwhile, the prima ballerina has recently tied the knot with her manager Twinch Shokman, a former dancer at Stuttgart and now a ballet master at the Mannheim Ballet. The couple registered their marriage at Stuttgart City Hall on January 12 and the actual wedding will take place in Korea as soon as this year's ballet season ends.
Kang says that "The Lady of the Camellias" is one of her favorite piece along with her specialty "Onegin," adding that she always prefers a ballet with a realistic story line as she can express her emotions more freely. The prima ballerina said the beautiful music of Chopin, mystic choreography and effective costumes and set design will completely enchant the viewers. The production is especially anticipated, as Kang received rave reviews from Korean dance circle when she danced a par de deux from the third act in 1999 at a performance of "Ballet Stars of Korea." In April 1999 she was awarded the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse for her portrayal of the title role in "The Lady of the Camellias."
After initial ballet lessons at Seonhwa Arts High School, she studied at the prestigious Academie de Danse Classique in Monte Carlo. In 1985, she won the Prix de Lausanne and joined the Stuttgart Ballet, where she was appointed principal dancer in 1997.
Following the Seoul stage, Kang will dance Katherine in "The Taming of the Shrew" in Japan in February and Tatiana in "Onegin" in June in Italy. For more information about " The Lady of the Camellias," call 1588-7890.