Ballerina Kang Sue-jin receives a status ovation after the generalfunctionality of her 30-year profession in Stuttgart, Germany on Saturday. /Courtesy of the Stuttgart Ballet
Ballerina Kang Sue-jin brought the curtain down on her long, celebrated career with a performance of "Onegin" in Stuttgart, Germany on Saturday. As she took her ultimate curtain call to a status ovation, some target audienceparticipants held up placards reading "Danke Sue-jin", that means "Thank you Sue-jin" in German. As the degreestuffed withvegetation and gifts thrown from the audience, Kang's fellow dancers and Stuttgart Ballet body of workers members everypassed her a red rose.
Kang's very last functioninggot hereprecisely thirty years after she joined the Stuttgart Ballet in 1986. She moved to Monaco to learn about ballet in 1982, at the age of 15, and won the Prix de Lausanne in 1985. She used to bethe primary Asian ballerina to win the prestigious competition. Asked in a post-performance interview why she turned into retiring now, Kang said, "I sought after to retire whilst I may still utterlyprovide my skills on stage. I did notbe expectingsuch so much ofenthusiaststo hang up placards for me. I used to be moved. I am just satisfied that my last performance went well". Kang bid farewell to her Korean audience with a performance of the similar ballet in Seoul in November last year. She these days serves as a director of the Korea National Ballet.