Hee Seo in Romeo and Juliet. American Ballet Theatre. New York, Metropolitan Opera House, June 2013.© John Grigaitis.
Seo has a way of letting her feet linger between the steps, imbuing every sequence with a kind of lilting tremolo. Her bourrées blur together, like dewdrops. Every shape is achingly beautiful. Her Juliet is delicate, young, deeply vulnerable. At times, Seo seems to forget she is a ballerina, and run, shoulders rolled forward, like a little girl. Her arms go limp at Romeo’s touch.