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Mammalian Diving Reflex / Darren O’Donnell
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had

Talking about sex: An insight into the age of super-longevity

With their works that fully engage with the local community, Mammalian Diving Reflex connects people in surprising ways that are tailored to the location and society in which they are performing. They captured the hearts of Kyoto’s children with The Children’s Choice Awards at Kyoto Experiment 2017, and now they are making their long-awaited return.

Can you tell us a story about sex? This is a piece of “dialogue-based” theater in which seniors over 60 with diverse backgrounds and a wealth of experience talk about their lives through their own sexual experiences. The Japanese seniors, who are of different genders, nationalities, and levels of physical ability, come together to share stories about sex that are not normally discussed in public, and go on to speak candidly about their lives in their own words. To talk about sex is to talk about life. In some ways the work is about courage, but it is also a story of intergenerational dialogue, in which the baton is passed from the elderly to the younger generation.

In today’s society that tends to focus only on the cultures of the younger generations, we can surely broaden our perspectives on the future by listening to the thoughts, views, and life stories of our seniors. This is the Japanese premiere of the highly acclaimed work that has been performed all over the world in Europe, North America, Asia and elsewhere, through workshops with locally gathered cast members.

3.26 (Fri) 19:00
3.27 (Sat) 17:00 ★
3.28 (Sun) 17:00 ♥

Doors open 30 min. prior to the performance.
★Post-show Talk
♥ Childcare Service (Reservation required. Kyoto Experiment Office ☎075-213-5839)

Duration: 100min

Age limit:
Recommended for ages 15 and over.
Audiences aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Wheelchair seats, use of assistance dogs, Japanese & English 35 surtitles, sign language interpretation on stage, Japanese audioguides and complimentary tickets for helpers are available.
Inquiries & Reservations
Tel 075-213-5839 email: ticket@kyoto-ex.jp

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Auditorium, Kyoto Art Center

546-2 Yamabushiyama-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8156
・5 minutes’ walk from exits 22 and 24 of Shijo Station (Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line) and Karasuma Station (Hankyu Kyoto Line)
・Kyoto City Bus Nos 3, 5, 201, 203 or 207 to “Shijo Karasuma”. 5 minutes’ walk from stop.

Adult ¥3,000
Youth (25 and under), Students ¥2,500
High School Students & Younger ¥1,000
Pair ¥5,500 (Advance Only)

Advance Ticket Price +¥500
(High School Students & Younger: ¥1,000)

*Unreserved Seating

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Mammalian Diving Reflex

Toronto, Canada

Mammalian Diving Reflex is an art-research collective founded in Toronto in 1993 and led by performance artist Darren O’Donnell. The company creates site and social-specific performance events, theatre productions, participatory gallery installations, videos, art objects and theoretical texts to foster dialogue and dismantle barriers between individuals of all backgrounds by bringing people together in new and unusual ways. Their playful and provocative socially-engaged art, which they term Social Acupuncture, has been performed in over 82 cities in 27 countries. In Japan, Haircuts by Children, in which a group of children are given training by professional hairdressers and then offer free haircuts to members of the public, was held at 3331 Arts Chiyoda in 2017. In the same year, The Children’s Choice Awards, in which a group of children become the official jury for an arts festival, was held at Kyoto Experiment 2017.

Darren O’Donnell


Darren O’Donnell
Photo by Nicole Bazuin

Born in Canada in 1965, Daren O’Donnell is a novelist, playwright and performance artist and holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning. He founded the collective Mammalian Diving Reflex in 1993 and his unique method of ‘Social Acupuncture’ is highly evaluated worldwide. He continues to create unique work with people from all different backgrounds, nationalities and generations.

This tour has been made possible thank to grants from The Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council touring programs.
This program will also be performed in Tokyo at True Colors Festival hosted by Japan Foundation from April 8th - 11th, 2021.

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