julia foulkes

The Ground Beneath West Side Story

I was asked to write an essay for the Legacies of San Juan Hill website that Lincoln Center has created to interrogate and explore the history of its site. My contribution comes just as the New York Philharmonic plays the score of the latest (Spielberg) movie version of West Side Story. I ask: “Inspiration is a ground from which to imagine. What happens when inspiration abets ignoring? Erasure? Appropriation? Among the legacies of San Juan Hill, West Side Story leaves us grappling still with these questions.” Still.