Baryshnikov Arts Center presents the U.S. premiere of this solo show from Golden Globe-nominated actress Isabella Rossellini about the latest scientific discoveries about animal minds, intelligence, and emotions.
'Link Link Circus,' co-starring a dog named Pan, is at once comic and scientifically informed. Over the course of the performance, Rossellini transforms herself into Aristotle, Descartes, a medieval theologian, B.F. Skinner, and Charles Darwin—discussing the essence of human beings and what distinguishes us from the “brutes.” Accompanying Rossellini’s monologue are projections of her short comic films, home movies, photos, and drawings. Pan, an accomplished dog performer, plays various animals, assisted by puppeteer and animal handler Schuyler Beeman.
“A show that prominently features an adorable dog is remarkably free of cuteness...Likely this has to do with the preference of Rossellini for surreal humor over cloying sentimentality...The aesthetic is vaguely circuslike...Although she sometimes speaks from behind a lectern, Rossellini is anything but academic...Often you wish she would linger on a given topic a bit more, gave it more depth before zipping off, but it is hard to deny how pleasurable Rossellini’s company is.” Full Review
See it if Who doesn't like a cute dog and stories about animals? Plus the bonus of the always delightful Isabella Rossellini.
Don't see it if You hate animals, have no interest in science and/or are basically a big curmudgeon.
See it if you enjoy Rossellini's "Green Porn" series & want to see her expound further on animal behavior in her unconventional but informative way.
Don't see it if you're a science denier, you have zoophobia, or you expect more "circus" and less "lecture" from Isabella's show.
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