In Conversation with Isabella Rossellini

In Conversation With Isabella Rossellini

This event has been postponed to January 2022.

POSTPONED – In Conversation with Isabella Rossellini

Due to the state of emergency in the City of Calgary in relation to COVID-19, the In Conversation with Isabella Rossellini event has been postponed to January 2022. Spark Science Centre has an obligation to ensure the safety of all its guests and comfortability of international guest speakers. Limiting non-essential travel and postponing this event will help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through these unprecedented times.

Spark strongly encourages vaccinations, the use of masks, and social distancing. Please follow the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services guidelines to reduce the spread.


All ticket purchasers will be refunded within 5 business days from September 15, 2021. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 403.817.6800

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In conversation with actor, activist, philanthropist, and author, Isabella Rossellini, hosted by Denise Clarke


Postponed until January 2022


6:30 pm doors open

7:30 pm start time

75-minute show

Cash bar


$180 per table of 4

Spark Members 10% off

14+ recommended

Limited tickets available

Just follow your curiosities. You will find renewed energy, dynamism, and verve." - Isabella Rossellini

Enjoy an evening soirée, of light snacks and live music, to celebrate the vibrant career of Isabella Rossellini. In acting, modelling, and academia, Isabella Rossellini has a lot to bring to each table. Gather your group, of four film-lovers and science-enthusiasts, and spend an evening In Conversation With Isabella Rossellini.

With 28 Vogue magazine covers and 16 Hollywood films on her resume, it may surprise you that the uncategorizable star, Isabella Rossellini, is also a science filmmaker. Earning a master’s degree in animal behaviour and conservation in 2019, she created the series, Green Porno, about the sexual reproduction of insects and animals. With short films, one-woman shows, running an organic farm, and a return to modelling and acting, she is showing up as a new kind of model — for finding happiness through constant invention. As she told her graduating class, “If you ever encounter a dip in your life, pay no attention to the voice inside that judges you … Just follow your curiosities. You will find renewed energy, dynamism and verve.”

Part performance, part conversation, part animal behaviour lesson, this live show will explore life's major milestones, connecting the dots between Isabella Rossellini’s career and life, from being born into an intriguing film family, to her career in modelling, a life on screen, and her love of science communication and animal behaviour. Art meets passion and science in this 75-minute show, hosted by uncategorizable actor and dancer, Denise Clarke.

Isabella Rossellini is the narrator of a new digital immersion experience at TELUS Spark Science Centre called Every Second, about the math of moments that make up our lives, and runs until January 30, 2022. Her visit to Calgary is a special collaborative event with the Calgary International Film Festival.

This event is proudly presented in partnership with TELUS Spark Science Centre and the Calgary International Film Festival:

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Tickets must be pre-purchased online, and are not available for individual seating (CIFF recommends sitting with people in the same cohort)

Just the digital immersion gallery will be open for the event, and along with the Astronaut Ice Cream cafe

Food and refreshments available for purchase

TELUS Spark, 220 St George’s Dr NE

$7 parking on-site

Wheelchair accessible


This event is a part of the Calgary International Film Festival, and CIFF COVID-19 protocols apply.

Festival audience members entering CIFF Festival venues from September 9 to October 3 will be required to either show proof they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to entering any CIFF venue.

You will need to bring government issued photo ID as well, to help verify your identity.

CIFF's Vaccine Policy

About Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini grew up in Paris and Rome. She made her cinematic debut as an actress in 1979 in the Taviani brothers’ film Il Prato (The Meadow) and has appeared in numerous other films, including the American features Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, White Nights, Rodger Dodger, Cousins, Death Becomes Her, Fearless, Big Night, and Joy. She has worked with wide-ranging directors including Robert Zemeckis, David O. Russell, David Lynch, Robert Wilson, Taylor Hackford, Marjane Satrapi, and Guy Maddin.

She is also a successful television actress and filmmaker, with a keen interest in animals and wildlife conservation. She has a Master’s degree in Animal Behavior and Conservation and has received a PhD Honoris Causa from the Science Faculty at UQAM (University of Quebec at Montreal). Her award-winning series of shorts Green Porno, Seduce Me, and Mammas offer comical and scientifically insightful studies of animal behavior.

Rossellini has been seen in Vita and Virginia, The Incredibles and the film Silent Retreat. Her television work includes Master of Photography and the series Domina for European broadcaster SKY, and the American series Shut Eye, for Hulu. Her book My Chickens and I was published in several languages by Abrams Books.

Rossellini’s interests embrace preservation of her family’s extraordinary cinematic heritage, including the films directed by her father, Roberto Rossellini and those featuring her mother, Ingrid Bergman. She is a mother of two and resides in Bellport, Long Island.

She runs an organic farm in Brookhaven in association with the Peconic Land Trust.

Watch Isabella's Animal Behaviour Films

In Conversation with Isabella Rossellini is hosted by Denise Clarke

Denise Clarke is a Calgary arts renaissance woman. Denise began working with One Yellow Rabbit in 1983 and became Associate Artist and a permanent member of the Ensemble in 1986. She has created or co-created several shows including The Erotic Irony of Old Glory, Touch, CD Dance, Breeder, So Low, Permission, Featherland, Sign Language, Heavens to Murgatroid, A Fabulous Disaster, Smash Cut Freeze, and wag. In 1997, Denise created the Summer Lab Intensive and as Director welcomed a broad range of established and emerging artists from all over the world. She continues to teach, provide master classes, and lecture across Canada and abroad.

Other work includes choreography for Theatre Calgary and Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary, Canadian Opera Company and Canadian Stage Company in Toronto, the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, and the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake. Denise has toured extensively in shows including Ilsa, Queen of the Nazi Love Camp, Mata Hari: Tigress at the City Gates, Doing Leonard Cohen, Thunderstruck, Sign Language, and Dream Machine.

On December 30th, 2013, Denise was appointed as a Member to the Order of Canada, one of Canada's highest civilian honours. Prior to this appointment, she was also recognized by the University of Calgary with an Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Arts. Recently Denise wrote The Big Secret Book, An Intense Guide to Creating Performance Theatre.

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