Come see Isabella Rossellini on stage at FIAF in her incredible one-woman show that is both “deep and heartfelt” (The Guardian) and “humorous and entertaining” (PR Newswire).
Darwin’s Smile, written and performed by Rossellini, reconciles two worlds that are often at the opposite ends of the spectrum: art and science. While reading Charles Darwin’s The Expression of Emotions on Man and Animals, Rossellini realized that the continuity between humans and animals can also be detected in the expression of emotions and empathy through acting. In comical tones, Rossellini demonstrates how acting can be used to understand the mysterious nature of animals and their emotions. On stage, Rossellini portrays dogs, cats, chickens, peacocks, and even Charles Darwin. The show is an opportunity to learn complex scientific theories while being thoroughly entertained by the art of acting.
Approx. 70 mins
Creative Team & Crew
Written & performed by Isabella Rossellini
Directed by Murielle Mayette-Holtz
Costumes and set design by Rudy Sabounghi
Lighting design by Pascal Noël
Music design by Cyril Giroux
Video design by Andy Byers and Rick Gilbert
Poster design by Andy Byers
Isabella Rossellini’s assistant Gregorio Franchetti
Rudy Sabounghi’s assistant Julien Soulier
Italian-American actress, artist, filmmaker, and model Isabella Rossellini holds a master’s degree in Animal Behavior and Conservation. She made an award-winning series of shorts, Green Porno, Seduce Me and Mammas that offer comical and scientifically insightful studies of animal behaviors.
Muriel Mayette Holtz
Muriel Mayette Holtz is an actress and director. A former student of Michel Bouquet, Claude Régy and Bernard Dort, she was a professor at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art between 1996 and 2005.
Rudy Sabounghi is a set and costume designer. He works mainly in Europe with theater directors and choreographers.