28 April 2008
When I was in middle school, I discovered West Side Story. My friends and I used to email each other the lyrics to Officer Krupke, and I marvelled at the soaring high notes of Tonight. But I never appreciated the artistry of the dancing, of Jerome Robbins' beautiful choreography, until I saw his West Side Story Suite performed by the New York City Ballet this weekend. Such simplicity, and such contrasting sharpness. I felt like I was inhaling passion and exhaling raw truth.