It took a little effort, but I resisted the temptation to quip about blue velvet worms when I chatted with Isabella Rossellini last night. The Holland Festival had permitted me, my Dutch publisher, and my son, to spend a little time with her during the after-party following on the Dutch premiere of Bestiaire d’Amour, her stage show inspired on her Green Porno short films (see earlier blog post).
I had read mixed reviews of the show, but was not disappointed. Far from it: it was accurate and up-to-date sexual selection theory presented with Hollywood glamour and slapstick humor thrown in. The biological accuracy is not surprising, since Rossellini is doing a Master’s degree in animal behaviour, which, she told me, she can only work on for a few weeks each summer. She confided that she has an ongoing battle with her manager who tries to get her to go on tours when she should really be taking exams — a problem that not many behavioral biology students face.
I presented her with a copy of Nature’s Nether Regions, as well as its Dutch and Italian translations (the title of the latter, Anche le Coccinelle Nel Loro Piccolo, she translated for lookers-on). She said it was a “very nice book”, and promised to “read it on the plane”.
We were not permitted to take any photos, so you’ll have to take my word for it that you’re now just a mouseclick plus a handshake removed from the Queen of Animal Sex.
Tickets for the 20 and 21 June shows are still available.