Saturday, October 11, 6:30- 9:30 pm
Who invented sex? Why and how?
Isabella Rossellini and Jean-Claude Carrière try to answer those questions by observing the natural world from pachyderms to bugs.
How surprising! How bizarre! Males eaten right after reproduction, one’s sperm blown away by another male’s within the female vagina itself, wild orgies, fierce fights, dances, seductions, extravagances, unexplainable acrobatics, deadly enigmas, perversions, pregnant males, new born being eaten alive…It’s as if nature has willingly multiplied the tracks to create confusion. It’s as if life, to allow reproduction, would play a dangerous and chaotic game, the rules of which are settled but we don’t know by whom and they differ depending on the species.
Eggs, abandoned, drifting away by the river, ready to meet a sperm. Salmons mating in the river where they were born just before dislocation and death. The queen of termites can engender workers as well as warriors, according to the needs of her group…Snails, being hermaphrodites, tease themselves with a stinger before the act. The female of an aquatic worm isolates herself in a ten-holed shell, only one hole being the right one. The male has to spread his sperm into each hole and eventually dies exhausted, his task fulfilled.
Life being passed down whatever the cost, offers an intriguing and scary show leading to the unavoidable question: What about us? Where are we standing?
The text, written by Jean-Claude Carrière, will be read and performed by Isabella Rossellini.
This program is currently SOLD OUT. To be added to a wait list, please call 213-763-3499.
6:30 pm Doors Open/ Reception
8:00 pm Show
9:30 pm Event concludes