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Isabella Rossellini Acts Out Underwater Mating Rituals

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Isabella Rossellini talks about her one-woman stage adaptation of her Sundance series “Green Porno.” She acts out the surprisingly kinky and strange mating rituals of insects and marine life—the praying mantis eats its partner while copulating, the male bee loses his penis when he mates; and the shrimp’s foreplay involves shimmying out of its shell. “Green Porno” is a quirky, cheeky zoology lesson brought vividly to life onstage by Rossellini’s storytelling. “Green Porno: Live on Stage” is at BAM January 16-25.

Rossellini says she took inspiration from silent film and Buster Keaton. She said that when you look at nature, perfection is not what counts. What counts in diversity."

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Isabella Rossellini

Comments [3]

Amy from Manhattan

I don't think scientists use scientific jargon to be elitist. From my experience as a science editor, I think they just use it because they're so used to it when they talk to each other that they forget people who aren't scientists won't understand their terminology. To them, it *is* everyday language.

And I'm amazed that it's the unfertilized bee eggs that hatch into male bees! I wonder how that works genetically--are the X & Y chromosomes distributed differently btwn. male & female bees from the way they are btwn. male & female humans?

Jan. 15 2014 01:04 PM

She's the coolest!!

Jan. 15 2014 01:00 PM
Paul from NYC/Northern NJ

Many scientists, and others, have been reluctant, even downright afraid, to admit in public that homosexual behavior widely exists in the animal kingdom, even though this has been common knowledge for years and years. The denial of this behavior has been used by anti-homosexual activists as a valid reason for denying the right of sexual preference to all humans. Thank you, Ms. Rossellini!

Jan. 15 2014 12:57 PM

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