Written by Isabella Rossellini
Directed by Murielle Mayette -Holtz
Costumes and set by Rudy Sabounghi
Light designed by Pascal Noël
Music by Cyril Giroux
Videos Andy Byers and Rick Gilbert
Poster designed by Andy Byers
Isabella Rossellini’s assistant Gregorio Franchetti
Rudy Sabounghi’s assistant Julien Soulier
Isabella Rossellini ‘s new one woman show Darwin’s Smile reconciles two worlds that are often at the opposite ends: art and science.
Reading Charles Darwin’s book “The Expression of Emotions on Man and Animals” revealed to her that the continuity between human and animals can also be detected in the expression of emotions.
Isabella explores how empathy, that is at the base of acting, is also necessary for the studies of animal behavior (ethology).
The show is both a lesson on evolution and acting. In her usual comical tones, she demonstrates how acting could use to understand the mysterious nature of animals and their emotions. With humor and simple, innocent devices she plays on stage dogs, cats, chickens, peacocks, and of course Charles Darwin.
The show is an opportunity to learn while being entertained and laughing all about the art of acting and complex scientific theories.
Isabella explains “During the covid lock down I had ample time to reflect about my passions for theater and science. These two interested of mine seemed to me distinct and separate: one satisfied my heart, the other the brain. Until I understood that they can be reconciled. Finally, my heart and my brain are reconciled and harmonious.“