Link Link Circus: the Isabella Rossellini's master's degree thesis

Isabella Rossellini's graduation ceremony in New York City Hunter’s College (2019)

Here are the first two pages of the thesis Isabella Rossellini's master's degree thesis in Animal Behavior and Conservation:

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Isabella Rossellini

Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Animal Behavior and Conservation, Hunter College, City University of New York

April, 18th 2019

As public arrives to take their seats, circus music is playing. The stage is naked but for a screen, a podium, four cut-out busts representing Aristotle, two Medieval monks, Rene Descartes, and B.F. Skinner, a red toy piano and toys connected with a red string forming a semi-circle.

Image of the stage

Lights dim becoming dark and we hear a terrifying scream, one of those horror film screams. Lights up. Isabella crosses stage running as if in danger. Disappears offstage. Silence. Isabella re-appears from the wing “being strangled” and making gagging sounds. Disappears again in the wing.

Re-appears and a hand is caressing her face. Now she emits orgasmic sounds. She disappears again. We hear a strange animal screech, a chicken sound. Isabella reappears looking perplexed.

She looks at the audience and asks

I did not make that noise. Who made that noise?

She looks at the toys on stage. She questions a few toys.

Did you make this sound? No? Was it you then?

The dog enters stage dressed like a chicken.

Image of Isabella with Pan dressed as a chicken.
Photography by Bridgette Lancome


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