Kang Sue-jin Praises Special Seoul Stage

      January 29, 2002 18:09

      Kang Sue-jin with her husband

      Kang Sue-jin, the principal dancer of Germany's prestigious Stuttgart Ballet, gave a press conference Tuesday at the Seoul Center for the Performing Arts' Convention Center, prior to the company's production of 'The Lady of the Camellias,' along with Twinch Shokman, whom she married on Jan. 12, artistic director Reid Anderson, and Robert Tewsley, co-star of the ballet.

      "The Seoul stage this time is very special to me, and I came home with my husband for the first time since I got married," said the prima ballerina. The company's artistic director Anderson said that Kang's emotional interpretation of Marguerite is so profound it dazzles the audience.

      Newly-wedded Kang said that marriage does not change her pursuit of a career, adding that she is not planning on pregnancy in the near future, while she is anticipating motherhood someday. A native of Turkey, husband Twinch Shokman, a former principle dancer at the Stuttgart, is now a ballet master at the Mannheim Ballet and Kang's manager.

      Kang is well known for her hard regime, wearing out some 250 pairs of shoes a year and practicing an average 10 hours a day. After initial ballet training at Seonhwa Arts High School, she studied at the prestigious Academie de Danse Classique in Monte Carlo and won the Prix de Lausanne in 1985.

      After joining the Stuttgart Ballet at the age of 19 as the youngest member, Kang built a solid career and was appointed to the principal dancer. Kang was awarded Prix Benois de la Danse for her portrayal of Marguerite Gautier, the leading role of "The Lady of the Camellias."

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