Isabella Rossellini's Link Link Circus

John Scher / Metropolitan Entertainment Presents

Isabella Rossellini's Link Link Circus

Wed. November 14, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

Concert Hall @ NY Society For Ethical Culture

New York, NY

$35.00 - $75.00

This event is all ages

Isabella Rossellini's Link Link Circus
Isabella Rossellini's Link Link Circus
Award-winning actress and filmmaker Isabella Rossellini takes inspiration from the natural world in her new theatricalized lecture: Link Link Circus. Link Link Circus addresses the latest scientific discoveries about animal minds.


“After the great success of the widely acclaimed live on stage show ‘Green Porno’ (Bestiaire d’Amour) based on the popular Sundance Channel series, Isabella Rossellini presents a new one-woman show once again taking inspiration from the animal kingdom. A brand new solo lecture performance and a totally new experience for the audience around the world.”

What I wish this show to be: by Isabella Rossellini.

My work as a writer is intended to be comic and it is once again about animal behavior. It is import- ant to me that my art is both entertaining and scientifically informed.

I wrote, directed and performed 40 short films for the series “Green Porno”, “Seduce Me” and “Mammas” produced by SUNDANCE CHANNEL and ARTE TV.

I made a feature length documentary “Animals Distract Me” for DISCOVERY CHANNEL.

In 2015 I toured 50 different cities with a mono- logue “Bestiaire d’amour”, written with Academy Award winning author and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, directed by Muriel Mayette that can be seen on NETFLIX.

I received very good reviews and several awards, a PhD Honoris Causa from UQAM (Université du Quebec à Montreal) and the French Minister of Culture bestowed me with the title of Comman- deur de l’ordre des arts et des lettres.

Link Link Circus is similar in style to my other monologue. It is the same length, one hour and ten minutes without an intermission. It is illustrated with my short comic films, home movies, photos and of course my drawings.

But this time on stage with me there will also be Pan, my trained dog. I cannot have on stage all the animals I will talk about in the play so Pan and I we’ll dress up and interpret several different species.

Link Link is in fact a little circus.

Pan and I will address the newest scientific discoveries about animal minds, intelligence and emotions. I will also transform myself into Aristotle, René Descartes, a medieval theologian, Harvard Professor F.S. Skinner and Charles Darwin, all discussing what is the essence of human beings and what distinguishes us from the “brutes”.

Circa 150 years ago Charles Darwin, with his theory of evolution, linked humans to non-hu- mans, demonstrating that there is a continuum between animals and us. For some this idea is still offensive. While physical continuity maybe more accepted, cognitive continuity is mostly rejected.

The title Link Link Circus reveals the core of my intention in the show: the sound “link link” is childish, innocent, fun like saying “ding dong” when referring to the sound of bells. But the word link has also the meaning of a relation, a bond, and a continuum.

Darwin predicted that there was also a mental and emotional continuum between animals and us, which nowadays it is being confirmed by ethology studies. In 1871 he wrote in his book “Descent of Man” “[...] the difference between the mind of the lowest man and the highest animal is immense, (but) the difference in mind is one of degree and not of kind”.
Venue Information:
Concert Hall @ NY Society For Ethical Culture
2 W 64th Street
New York, NY, 10023