The iconic Isabella Rossellini was in Vancouver to perform her provocatively acclaimed and comedic one-woman show Green Pornoat a sold out, one night only performance Saturday night at the Vancouver Playhouse. Presented by The Vancouver PuSh Festival and the Italian Cultural Centre.
Green Porno, explores the fascinating sex lives of land and sea creatures. C’mon, tell me you haven’t ever wondered? Encouraged by actor-filmmaker Robert Redford (who is tremendously supportive of experimental, independent films and very interested in nature), Green Porno was originally a popular web series for the Sundance Channel. Green Porno featured Rossellini live on stage discussing and acting out the scientifically accurate reproductive habits of marine animals and insects in an extremely entertaining manner. The opportunity to learn about the mating habits of some creatures which aim to astonish anyone.
I am personally fascinated by the femme fatale of all insects –the female praying mantis. She always devours the male after mating, sometimes even during if she can’t wait. I can understand this if he doesn’t please her and his services are no longer required; but must this always happen?
Rossellini exposes the intricate and often surprising reproductive rituals of the natural world—from pachyderms (very large mammals with thick skin, like an elephant or rhino) to bugs (no need to explain) to shed light on the fragile balance of our ecological future, to which humans are inextricably linked. From stage, Rossellini delivered a riveting presentation with props, costumes and remarkable wit and charm, accompanied by her Green Porno short films.
I had the opportunity of catching up with the glowing Rossellini at a reception following her performance. I asked how her daughter Elettra was doing. No surprise to find out she’s a successful New York model (discovered by Bruce Weber), and has a very interesting food blog (which I will talk about soon, since this blog is about Isabella’s show). But I can’t stop…In 2014, Elettra hosted the first ever Live Stream of the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala. She’s founded a charity called “*One Frickin Day” for which she won the “Young Environmentalist Award” in 2011, among other things. I am so impressed by everything this woman is setting out to accomplish or already has. Needless to say, her mother is very proud.
I found out that my green porno name is “Black Widow” (be careful, I bite!)
Rossellini’s films include Blue Velvet (a personal favourite), Cousins (filmed in Vancouver), Immortal Beloved, The Saddest Music in the World and many more. She was the face of Lancôme Cosmetic Company for 14 years and had a modelling career that lasted for 25 years. Isabella was recently seen in the romantic comedy Late Bloomers. She’s still blooming.