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MAMMALIAN’S EARLY YEARS

Mammalian Diving Reflex was founded in Toronto in 1993. Between 1993 and 2003, we primarily produced the stage-based performances of Darren O’Donnell. After moving away from script-based work and towards socially-engaged practices focused on performativity, Darren’s first book ‘Social Acupuncture’ was released in 2006. In the same year, Haircuts by Children premiered, cementing Mammalian’s new artistic scope, aesthetic, and methodology.  Since 2011, the Young Mammal wing has been an integral part of Mammalian Diving Reflex, creating a set of practices for collaborating artistically with youth on performances and installations.

PRODUCTION HISTORY

2019

December
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, Vooruit; Ghent, Belgium
September
Sex, Drugs & Criminality, ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival; Kuopio, Finland
August
Teentalitarianism, Freedom Festival; Hull, England
July
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, National Performing Arts Centre; Taipei, TaiwanHaircuts by Children, Les Tombées de la Nuit; Rennes, France
April
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, This Time Tomorrow by Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Centre; Cincinnati, United States of AmericaNightwalks with Teenagers, CAOS Centro Arti Opificio Siri & Indisciplinarte; Terni, Italy
March
Teentalitarianism, CAOS Centro Arti Opificio Siri & Indisciplinarte; Terni, Italy

2018

December
Nightwalks with Teenagers, 10 Nodi Festival; Cagliari, Italy
November
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, Baltic Circle Festival; Helsinki, FinlandTeentalitarianism, 10 Nodi Festival; Cagliari, Italy
October
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, HOTA (Home of the Arts); Gold Coast, AustraliaThe World is a Wedding: The Presentation of Unst in Everyday Life, National Theatre of Scotland’s FutureProof Festival; Shetland Islands, Scotland
September
Haircuts by Children, HOTA (Home of the Arts); Gold Coast, AustraliaNightwalks with Teenagers, University of Reading & Szuper Gallery; Reading, England
August
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, Mladi Levi Festival; Ljubljana, Slovenia
July
A Survival Guide to the City, Mammalian Diving Reflex; Toronto, Canada
June
Nightwalks with Teenagers, Hangö Teaterträff; Hanko, FinlandNightwalks with Teenagers, LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre); London, England
May
Haircuts by Children, PROTOIPOAK, Azkuna Zentroa; Bilbao, SpainHaircuts by Children, Stadtmensch; Altenburg, GermanyNightwalks with Teenagers, Frascati Theatre; Amsterdam, NetherlandsNightwalks with Teenagers, Week 53 & The Lowry; Salford-Quays, EnglandNightwalks with Teenagers, ZONA K & Triennale Teatro dell’Arte; Milan, ItalySex, Drugs & Criminality, Week 53 & The Lowry; Salford-Quays, EnglandSex, Drugs & Criminality, ZONA K & Triennale Teatro dell’Arte; Milan, ItalyTeentalitarianism, Week 53 & The Lowry; Salford-Quays, EnglandTeentalitarianism, ZONA K & Triennale Teatro dell’Arte; Milan, Italy
April
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, Fusebox Festival; Austin, United States of AmericaEat The Street, Live Art DK; Copenhagen, Denmark

2017

November
The Children’s Choice Awards, The Kyoto Experiment; Kyoto, Japan
September
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, Melbourne Festival; Melbourne, AustraliaHaircuts by Children, Freedom Festival; Hull, England
August
Nightwalks with Teenagers, Ruhrtriennale; Duisburg, GermanySex, Drugs & Criminality, Ruhrtriennale; Duisberg, GermanyTeentalitarianism, Ruhrtriennale; Duisburg, Germany
July
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, Colchester Arts Centre; Colchester, England
June
Nightwalks with Teenagers, Festival des 7 Collines; Saint-Etienne, FranceThese Are The People In Your Neighbourhood, Wanas Foundation; Knislinge, SwedenHappy Eatium, Mammalian Diving Reflex; Toronto, Canada
May
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, Wiener Festwochen; Vienna, AustriaHaircuts by Children, Wiener Festwochen; Vienna, Austria
February
Haircuts by Children, Art & Society Research Center; Tokyo, Japan

2016

December
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, Kampnagel; Hamburg, Germany
October
Haircuts by Children, Melbourne Festival; Melbourne, Australia
September
Nightwalks with Teenagers, Kaserne Basel & Theaterfestival Basel; Basel, SwitzerlandNightwalks with Teenagers, Ruhrtriennale; Gelsenkirchen, Germany
August
Nightwalks with Teenagers, Festival des arts vivants; Nyon, SwitzerlandTeentalitarianism, Ruhrtriennale; Gelsenkirchen, GermanyThe Children’s Choice Awards, Edinburgh International Festival; Edinburgh, Scotland
July
The Children’s Choice Awards, LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre); London, England
June
Haircuts by Children, Hat Fair; Winchester, EnglandThese Are The People In Your Neighbourhood, University of Reading & Szuper Gallery; Reading, England
January
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, Sydney Festival; Sydney, AustraliaHaircuts by Children, Swallow-A-Bicycle/High Performance Rodeo; Calgary, Canada
A dancing couple of seniors

2015

December
Millionen! Millionen! Millionen!, Ruhrtriennale; Bochum, Germany
October
Eat The Street, Teatro di Sardegna; Cagliari, ItalyTeen Thoughts, CBC Arts – The Collective; Toronto, Canada
September
Nightwalks with Teenagers, Homo Novus International Festival of Contemporary Theatre; Riga, LatviaHomecooked Hemsbach, Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar; Rhein-Neckar, GermanyMillionen! Millionen! Millionen!, Ruhrtriennale; Essen, Germany
August
These Are The People In Your Neighbourhood, Helsinki Festival & Checkpoint Helsinki; Helsinki, Finland
July
Teens Talk Theatre in Toronto, The Theatre Centre; Toronto, Canada
May
The Hemsbach Protocol, Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar; Rhein-Neckar, Germany
April
Textures of Toronto, Grow-up at The Gladstone Hotel; Toronto, Canada
February
Nightwalks with Teenagers, Contact Manchester; Manchester, EnglandNightwalks with Teenagers, In Between Time Festival; Bristol, England
January
Haircuts by Children, Nakai Theatre & Pivot Festival; Whitehorse, Canada

2014

December
The AGO Youth Receptiveness Assessment Initiative, The Art Gallery of Ontario; Toronto, Canada
October
Eat The Street, Fierce Festival; Birmingham, EnglandThese Are The People In Your Neighbourhood, Asian Arts Theatre; Gwangju, South Korea
September
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Arts Festival; Portland, United States of AmericaHaircuts by Children, ANTI Contemporary Arts Festival; Kuopio, FinlandThe Children’s Choice Awards, Ruhrtriennale; Gelsenkirchen, Germany
July
Nightwalks with Teenagers, Wunderbar Festival; Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, EnglandA Drift in Gloucester, JOLT International Theatre Festival; Gloucester, EnglandAWKS: Awkward Dance Party Series, Gladstone Hotel; Toronto, Canada
June
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, Luminato Festival; Toronto, CanadaHigh School Health, Luminato Festival; Toronto, CanadaAWKS: Awkward Dance Party Series, The Theatre Centre; Toronto, Canada
May
Nightwalks with Teenagers, FIDENA; Bochum, GermanyPromises to a Divided City, The Theatre Centre; Toronto, Canada
April
AWKS: Awkward Dance Party Series, The Great Hall; Toronto, Canada
March
AWKS: Awkward Dance Party Series, Ground Level Cafe; Toronto, Canada
February
Haircuts by Children, Live Art DK; Copenhagen, DenmarkAWKS: Awkward Dance Party Series, Gallerywest; Toronto, Canada
January
Get Out of My Room, Gladstone Hotel; Toronto, Canada

2013

December
Ameliorating the Amalgamated, Gallery 44 & Toronto Arts Council; Toronto, Canada
November
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, MOTUS, Alfred Ve Dvore Theatre; Prague, Czech RepublicAWKS: Awkward Dance Party Series, Gallerywest; Toronto, Canada
October
Haircuts by Children, Possible Futures Festival, Kunstencentrum Vooruit & Campo; Ghent, BelgiumThe Children’s Choice Awards, Ruhrtriennale; Duisburg, GermanyAWKS: Awkward Dance Party Series, Gallerywest; Toronto, CanadaDada Data, The Theatre Centre for Nuit Blanche; Toronto, Canada
September
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, FringeArts Festival; Philadelphia, United States of America
June
Eat The Street, Cork Midsummer Arts Festival; Cork, IrelandFuture Tastes of Toronto: At the Kid’s Table, Luminato Festival with Madeleine Collective; Toronto, CanadaHow to Hook Up, Mammalian Diving Reflex The Torontonians; Toronto, Canada
May
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, Behaviour Festival/The Arches; Glasgow, ScotlandThese Are The People In Your Neighbourhood, Come Out Festival; Adelaide, Australia

2012

October
Eat The Street, Curtain Razors, The Movable Feast; Regina, CanadaNightwalks with Teenagers, Hamilton Artists Inc.; Hamilton, CanadaSmall Talk in Daft Hell, Ruhrtriennale; Essen, Germany
September
Eat The Street, Up to You – Festival Internazionale della Creazione Contemporanea; Terni, ItalyThe Children’s Choice Awards, Ruhrtriennale; Bochum, Germany
August
Haircuts by Children, Darwin Festival; Darwin, AustraliaThe Producers of Parkdale & Dare Night: Lockdown, Gladstone Hotel; Toronto, Canada
June
Nightwalks with Teenagers, Psi#18 Conference & University of Leeds; Leeds, England
May
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, Auawirleben Festival/Schlachthaus Bern; Bern, SwitzerlandAll The Sex I’ve Ever Had, Singapore Arts Festival; Singapore, SingaporeThese Are The People In Your Neighbourhood, Art of the Danforth & Jane’s Walk; Toronto, Canada
April
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, Pazz International Performing Arts Festival & Oldenbugisches Staatstheater; Oldenburg, GermanyHaircuts by Children, Behaviour Festival/The Arches; Glasgow, ScotlandThe Children’s Choice Awards, Pazz International Performing Arts Festival; Oldenburg, Germany
March
Monster Makers, National Arts Centre; Ottawa, Canada
January
Eat The Street, PuSH International Performing Arts Festival; Vancouver, Canada
cyclist being cheered by teenagers

2011

November
Haircuts by Children, Fusebox Festival; Austin, United States of America
October
Haircuts by Children, Grenswerk Festival; Enschede, NetherlandsHaircuts by Children, MOTUS, Aldred Ve Dvore Theatre & 4+4 Days in Motion; Prague, Czech RepublicThe Children’s Choice Awards, ANTI Contemporary Arts Festival; Kuopio, FinlandFarmer’s Market 2050, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery for Nuit Blanche; Toronto, CanadaMonster Makers, Harbourfront Centre; Toronto, Canada
September
Faith Exchange, Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area for Survive.Resist; Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada
August
Haircuts by Children, Festival des arts vivants; Nyon, SwitzerlandNightwalks with Teenagers, Amish Morrell & Inverness Municipal Council; Inverness, Canada
July
Playgrounds on Fire, Skagastrond, Iceland; Skagastrond, Iceland
May
The Children’s Choice Awards, Kunstenfestivaldesarts; Brussels, BelgiumThe Children’s Choice Awards, Norfolk & Norwich Festival; Norwich, England
April
How to be a Brown Teen, Toronto and the Niagara Artists Centre; Toronto, Canada
March
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, Oldenbugisches Staatstheater; Oldenburg, GermanyHow to be a Brown Teen, SAVAC’s MONITOR 7: New South Asian Short Film + Video; Toronto, Canada

2010

October
Nuit Market, Nuit Blanche; Toronto, Canada
August
Haircuts by Children, Arts Australia & Junction Arts Festival; Launceston, Australia
July
Haircuts by Children, LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre); London, England
June
Haircuts by Children, Cork Midsummer Arts Festival; Cork, IrelandThe Children’s Choice Awards, Magnetic North Theatre Festival; Kitchener-Waterloo, CanadaMonster Makers, Magnetic North Theatre Festival; Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada
May
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, Pazz International Performing Arts Festival & Oldenbugisches Staatstheater; Oldenburg, GermanyHaircuts by Children, Norfolk & Norwich Festival; Norwich, EnglandHorizons Youth Ambassadors at UCC, Upper Canada College; Toronto, Canada
March
Haircuts by Children, Curtain Razors, The Movable Feast; Regina, Canada
February
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery; Toronto, CanadaHaircuts by Children, Perth International Arts Festival; Perth, AustraliaThe Children’s Choice Awards, Perth International Arts Festival; Perth, Australia
January
Playgrounds on Fire, The National Theatre School of Canada; Montreal, Canada

2009

October
Eat The Street, Streets Alive Youth Festival; Launceston, AustraliaHaircuts by Children, Wunderbar Festival; Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England
September
Haircuts by Children, Galerie B312; Montréal, CanadaHorizons Youth Ambassadors at UCC, Upper Canada College; Toronto, Canada
June
Haircuts by Children, Context Gallery; Derry, Northern Ireland
May
Haircuts by Children, UOVO Performing Arts Festival; Milan, Italy
April
Eat The Street, Parkdale Public School vs. Queen Street West II; Toronto, Canada
March
Haircuts by Children, At the Spark Festival by Theatre Skam & Belfry Theatre; Victoria, Canada
January
The Children’s Choice Awards, PuSH International Performing Arts Festival; Vancouver, Canada

2008

November
Haircuts by Children, Arts Council Norway, Theatre Avant Garden & the Showbox Conference; Oslo, NorwayHaircuts by Children, Arts Council Norway, Theatre Avant Garden & the Showbox Conference; Trondheim, Norway
October
The Children’s Choice Awards, Melbourne International Arts Festival; Melbourne, Australia[boxhead], Buddies in Bad Times Theatre; Toronto, Canada
September
Haircuts by Children, Es-Terni Performing Arts Festival; Terni, ItalyNaptime, Les Escales Improbables; Montreal, Canada
August
Parkdale Public School vs. Queen Street West, Parkdale JK to 8 vs. Show Biz; Toronto, Canada
July
Accepting the Possibility that I May Ruin My Eyes: Reading in Darkness, The Toronto Free Library; Toronto, Canada
June
Parkdale Public School vs. Queen Street West, The A.D.D. DJs vs. LAL; Toronto, CanadaParkdale Public School vs. Queen Street West, The Parkdale Art Club vs. Mercer Union; Toronto, CanadaParkdale Public School vs. Queen Street West, The Parkdale Baking Club vs. Chef Nathan Isberg and Coca Restaurant; Toronto, CanadaParkdale Public School vs. Queen Street West, The Parkdale Strings vs. Blocks Recording Club; Toronto, Canada[boxhead], Crow’s Theatre; Vancouver, Canada
May
Parkdale Public School vs. Queen Street West, Parkdale Geography Classes vs. Jane’s Walk; Toronto, CanadaParkdale Public School vs. Queen Street West, The Parkdale Primaries vs. The Artsters; Toronto, Canada
April
Haircuts by Children, XING International Festival of Performance Art; Bologna, Italy
February
Parkdale Public School vs. Queen Street West, The Beautiful and Hungry City; Toronto, Canada
January
Haircuts by Children, PuSH International Performing Arts Festival; Vancouver, CanadaHaircuts by Children, Sydney International Arts Festival; Sydney, Australia

2007

November
Haircuts by Children, Art in General at Performa 07; New York City, United States of AmericaDiplomatic Immunities, World Performing Arts Festival; Lahore, Pakistan
October
Please Allow Us the Honour of Relaxing You, First Nations University The Open Engagement Conference; Regina, CanadaSlow Dance with Teacher, Nuit Blanche; Toronto, Canada
September
Haircuts by Children, Dublin Fringe Festival; Dublin, IrelandHaircuts by Children, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Festival; Portland, United States of AmericaFree Skipping, Potential Toronto at Toronto Free Gallery; Toronto, Canada
August
The Children’s Choice Awards, Alley Jaunt; Toronto, CanadaParkdale Public School vs. Queen Street West, The Children’s Choice Awards; Toronto, CanadaParkdale Public School vs. Queen Street West, The Children’s Choice Dinner; Toronto, Canada
July
Ballroom Dancing, As Balloonroom Dancing: Harbourfront Centre; Toronto, Canada
June
Diplomatic Immunities, Magnetic North Theatre Festival; Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada
May
Haircuts by Children, Fierce Festival; Birmingham, England
February
Diplomatic Immunities, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre; Toronto, Canada

2006

October
Haircuts by Children, Outpost for Contemporary Arts; Los Angeles, United States of AmericaQ&A, Lakeshore Collegiate Institute & Malvern Collegiate Institute; Toronto, Canada
September
Ballroom Dancing, Nuit Blanche; Toronto, Canada
August
Naptime, Trinity Bellwoods Park; Toronto, CanadaThe Floating Curator, Christine Shaws Public Arts Project; Toronto, Canada
June
Diplomatic Immunities, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre; Toronto, CanadaQ&A, Earth: an urban arts festival; Vancouver, Canada
May
Haircuts by Children, Harbourfront Centre Milk International Children’s Festival; Toronto, Canadapppeeeaaaccceee, Downstage Theatre; Calgary, Canada
February
Diplomatic Immunities, Alberta Theatre Projects; Calgary, Canada

2005

November
Q&A, Hotel Canzine’s Upbag; Toronto, Canada
August
Beachballs41+all, Alexandra Pool; Toronto, CanadaHome Tours, SummerWorks Festival; Toronto, Canada
June
Q&A, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre; Toronto, Canada
March
A Suicide-Site Guide to the City, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre; Toronto, Canada
February
Q&A, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Rhubarb! Festival; Toronto, Canada

2004

October
The Talking Creature, Parkdale Collegiate; Toronto, Canada
September
Toronto Strategy Meetings, Project Toronto & Toronto Free Gallery; Toronto, Canadapppeeeaaaccceee, Theatre Passe Muraille; Toronto, Canada
August
A Suicide-Site Guide to the City, The Assembly Rooms; Edinburgh, ScotlandThe Talking Creature, Mammalian Diving Reflex; Edinburgh, Scotland
May
The Talking Creature, Latitude 53s VisualEyez Performance Art Festival; Edmonton, Canada
February
pppeeeaaaccceee, St. Catherine’s Dennis Morris High School; Toronto, Canada
January
A Suicide-Site Guide to the City, PuSH International Performance Festival & The Firehall Theatre; Vancouver, CanadaA Suicide-Site Guide to the City, The Belfrey by Intrepid Theatre; Victoria, Canada

2003

September
Over, As-Q; Vancouver, Canada
June
The Talking Creature, Mammalian Diving Reflex; Toronto, Canada
February
pppeeeaaaccceee, Theatre Passe Muraille’s Six Stages Festival; Toronto, Canada

2002

June
[boxhead], Theatre Passe Muraille; Toronto, Canada
March
White Mice, CUSO (Canadian University Services Overseas); Gatineu, Canada
February
White Mice, Rumble Productions & The Vancouver East Cultural Centre; Vancouver, Canada
January
White Mice, One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo; Calgary, Canada

2000

October
White Mice, Theatre Passe Muraille; Toronto, Canada
June
[boxhead], Go-Chicken-Go at Factory Theatre; Toronto, Canada
April
White Mice, DuMaurier World Stage Festival ; Toronto, Canada

1999

May
[boxhead], As a solo cabaret piece: Theatre Columbus’ Mayhem and the Naked Muse; Toronto, Canada

1998

November
White Mice, The Theatre Centre; Toronto, Canada

1994

November
Over, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre; Toronto, CanadaRadio Rooster Says That’s Bad, Buddies in Bad Times; Toronto, CanadaWho Shot Jacques Lacan?, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre; Toronto, Canada
March
Over, The Theatre Centre; Toronto, Canada

1993

November
Radio Rooster Says That’s Bad, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre; Toronto, Canada
October
Over, Café Verité; Toronto, Canada