Rossellini’s circus takes light look at animal world
Isabella Rossellini is big in Borneo.
Actually, she is a beetle in Borneo — ptomaphagi-nus isabella rossellini — named after the Italianborn actress-model.
The critter actually makes a cameo in Link Link Circus — the animal focused, appealingly bonkers-sounding show that Rossellini has been touring around the world, and that lands in La Jolla, California on Jan. 29 for a one-night engagement.
Animals have become Rossellini’s passion. She is wrapping up a master’s degree in animal behavior at New York’s Hunter College, and she runs a sprawling organic farm on the shores of Long Island’s Great South Bay, where she raises chickens, goats, sheep — even bees.
Rossellini’s cheekily titled “Green Porno,” a series of short films on animal sexual behavior, both spurred the creation of Link Link Circus.
“I always wanted my show to reflect the kind of amazement and wonderment that I felt while studying animal behavior,” Rossellini says.
Actress Isabella Rossellini, shown with a guide dog she was raising in 2004, has a new gig with animals: the Link Link Circus.