SUE JIN KANG
Principal, Stuttgart Ballet
Sue Jin Kang was born in Seoul, South Korea. After initial ballet lessons in her native country, she studied with Marika Besobrasova at the Académie de Danse classique Princess Grace in Monte Carlo. In 1985 she won the Prix de Lausanne. In September 1986, Sue Jin Kang was taken into the Stuttgart Ballet’s Corps de ballet. 1994 Márcia Haydée promoted her to Soloist; three years later Reid Anderson promoted her to Principal Dancer.
Sue Jin Kang’s repertoire includes numerous major leading roles in full-length ballets such as Tatjana in Onegin, the female title role in Romeo and Juliet and Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew (all: John Cranko), the title role in Carmen (John Cranko, new production: Reid Anderson and Georgette Tsinguirides), the title role in Giselle by Sir Peter Wright as well as the new production by Reid Anderson and Valentina Savina, Pamina in The Magic Flute (Maurice Béjart), Queen Isabella in Edward II (David Bintley), the title role in Cinderella and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (both: Jean Christophe Blavier), Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty (Márcia Haydée after Marius Petipa), Marguerite Gautier in The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier), Esmeralda in Notre Dame de Paris (Tanea Ishida) as well as the title role in Mata Hari (Renato Zanella). At the Stuttgart Ballet’s premiere of John Neumeier’s Othello she danced Emilia.
Sue Jin Kang also danced the Third Movement in Symphony in C, Sanguinic in The four Temperaments and the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (all: George Balanchine), M. in Initials R.B.M.E., the Lady in The Lady and the Fool, the Pas de deux Legende, the Diva in Poème de l’extase (all: John Cranko), Prélude in Les Sylphides (Michail Fokine) and the Role in Pink in Dances at a Gathering (Jerome Robbins). Furthermore she performed leading parts in Chaconne, Serenade and Stravinsky Violin Concerto (all: George Balanchine), in Bolchoi, Herbst, Présence and Brouillards (all: John Cranko), in Rassemblement (Nacho Duato), in Love Songs and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude (both: William Forsythe), in No More Play, Nuages, Return to a Strange Land, Sinfonie in D and Forgotten Land (all: Jiří Kylián), in The Song of the Earth and Requiem (both: Kenneth MacMillan), in Vers un Pays Sage (Jean Christophe Maillot), in Now and Then (John Neumeier), in The Concert and Afternoon of a Faun (both: Jerome Robbins), in Bartók Piano Concerto No. 1 (Uwe Scholz), in Voluntaries (Glen Tetley), in Corps, Große Fuge and In and Out (all: Hans van Manen) as well as in La Chambre (Renato Zanella).
Several renowned choreographers have created roles for Sue Jin Kang: Jiří Kylián in Stepping Stones, Roberto de Oliveira in Orfeas, Christian Spuck in Songs, Stephan Thoss in Les Noces, Renato Zanella in Black Angel as well as Wayne McGregor in Nautilus and Matjash Mrozewski in Avatar. Mauro Bigonzetti created roles for her in his ballets Kazimir’s Colours, Orma and in Quattro Danze per Nino as well as Kevin O’Day in Delta Inserts, dreamdeepdown and Igor Poems.
Sue Jin Kang has toured with the Stuttgart Ballet all around the world. She successfully performed at the National Ballet of Korea, at the Universal Ballet in Seoul, Korea, as well as at the Art Festival in Istanbul and in Hanover where she danced Lise in La fille mal gardée (Heinz Spoerli). She has also danced at the Bavarian State Ballet Munich, the Dresden Ballet, the Ballet of the Hessian State Theatre Wiesbaden, the Ballet of the Royal Czech National Theatre, the Leipzig Ballet, the Ballet du Capitole, Toulouse and the Vienna State Opera. In May 2007 she was invited by John Neumeier to dance the role of Marguerite Gautier in his ballet The Lady of the Camellias with the Hamburg Ballet and Marijn Rademaker in the role of Armand Duval.
Sue Jin Kang has received several honours and prices such as the Prix Benois de la Danse for her role as Marguerite in The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier) in 1999. In 2007 she was awarded the national title of “Kammertänzerin”. In the same year she received the John Cranko-Award from the John Cranko Association. In addition to that, she received diverse honours in her native country.
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