“Frankenstein at the Ballet: Mary Shelley and Her ‘Hideous Progeny,'” Professor Ellen Peel, Department of Comparative and World Literature and the Department of English, San Francisco State University (See Poster-pdf)
February 28, 2018, 2-4pm, Student Union, Meeting Room 4B, San Jose State University – free and open to the public (SJSU Parking & Directions to SJSU)
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Description: Reflecting on the origin of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley later wrote that she was often asked “how I, then a young girl, came to think of . . . so very hideous an idea.” We will attempt to answer that question by looking at cultural and scientific forces in her day, and by considering her early life–which itself could be a Gothic tale. We will then ask how the novel has managed to play so powerfully on our wishes and fears for two centuries, becoming a myth continually reborn in new avatars, now including a ballet being staged by the San Francisco Ballet March 6-11, 2018.
Biography: Ellen Peel is a professor in the Department of Comparative and World Literature and the Department of English at San Francisco State University. Her fields include science fiction and fantasy, the novel, and feminist and narrative theory. She is working on a book about Frankenstein and other accounts of “constructed bodies.”
Student Rush Tickets, San Francisco Ballet: When we have tickets available, students can purchase them on the day of the performance for $24 or $32. You can purchase rush tickets by phone at 415 865 2000 or in person at the Opera House Box Office, up until one hour prior to curtain.
On March 9, the San Francisco Ballet will host “Meet the Artists” at 7pm for all ticket holders. Watch the trailer for “Frankenstein”
Frankenstein pas de deux, Royal Ballet
Watch choreographer, Liam Scarlett, along with performers and dancers of the Royal Ballet production of “Frankenstein.”
Liam Scarlett on bringing the creature/monster to life: