It offers luscious performances, relentless drama and spectacular set design (John Macfarlane) and lighting (David Finn). Replete with delicious steampunk pyrotechnics, the design alone creates enough imaginative spectacle to become a leading character in its own right. A tempestuous, mostly traditional score by Lowell Liebermann takes viewers on a vertiginous ride, while Scarlett breaks ground on a new genre: the elegant monster ballet. Elegance is now a cornerstone of San Francisco Ballet principals and soloists, and its polish isn’t just physical, but emotional and psychological. Frances Chung and Joseph Walsh – two deeply nuanced, beautifully paired dancers – took the opening-night leads as lovers Elizabeth Lavenza and scientist Victor Frankenstein. Individually and together, they bring depth to steps that are essentially a steady stream of repeat pirouettes along with wide circlings of the legs and sharp leaps in arabesque that, as language, say little more than, “We’re swept up.“ But the couple’s expressive clarity, the physical and emotional restraint and breadth possessed by each transformed choreographic banality into dances of love and longing.
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Stewart first began working with MacFarlane nine years ago, when he was offered the role of deputy director of the CIA on the animated series “‘American Dad!”. “I had already been watching ‘Family Guy’ and loved it,” the actor says. “Later on, Seth cast me in the role of Susie, the baby who can’t speak but thinks out loud, and she thinks out loud in my voice. I love that work and never encountered material quite of that complexity, ambivalence and boldness.”.
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But she learned to see the city from a different vantage point several years ago when she visited the Hayward Regional Shoreline with a colleague and environmental visual artist. It was there that a conversation about climate change and large, annual tidal events called king tides began to arise. “All of downtown Hayward and a lot of the parts of Hayward where people live — the population-dense areas of Hayward — are very close to sea level,” Haft said in an interview. “If you think about it, when the sea level rises a few feet, instead of just flooding a little bit of the beaches, that water is going to travel and spread as far as it can go, which means that, with climate change, downtown Hayward and a lot of residential areas are going to be flooded.