Theater critic, ballerina to fill performing arts leadership roles

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Theater critic, ballerina to fill performing arts leadership roles

Korea is getting some new leaders in the field of performing arts.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced yesterday that it has appointed ballerina Kang Sue-jin as the new artistic director of the Korean National Ballet and theater critic Kim Yun-cheol as the new artistic director of the National Theater of Korea.

The tenure for both positions, which take effect immediately, is three years.

Kang, 47, studied at Seoul’s Sun Hwa Arts School and went on to attend the Academie de Danse Classique in Monaco. After graduating, she entered the Stuttgart Ballet when she was just 18 years old, becoming the youngest starting member and the first Asian in the company’s history. In 1997, after 11 years, she was appointed as its principal dancer.

“With her world-class experience and capabilities, we believe Kang will lead the Korean National Ballet with a new perspective and experiments, and advance Korea’s ballet,” the ministry said in a statement.

Kim Yun-cheol, meanwhile, is a theater theories professor at Korea National University of Arts in addition to being the chief of the theater studies department at the same school, and president of the International Association of Theater Critics. He studied theater and cinematic arts for his master’s degree at Chung-Ang University and the same field for his doctorate at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.


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