What is The Young Mammals?
The Young Mammals is our succession plan as we engage with groups of young people in Toronto, Germany and around the world, training them to make contemporary performance and, one day, lead their companies.
We started with a cohort of nine-year-olds in Toronto in 2006, some of whom have been collaborating with us for over ten years. The Torontonians emerged as a collective subset of our first group of Young Mammals and they created a series of projects throughout Toronto between 2010 and 2015. They are now in their early twenties, taking work on the road and developing collaborative relationships with other youth from our long-term engagements around the world.
Mit Ohne Alles emerged in Germany through a multi-year collaboration with the Ruhrtriennale since 2012. Through initial teen-based performance experiments that led to the eventual creation of Teentalitarianism, the group has continued to collaborate, create new work and tour with us.
We also have a commitment to the many other amazing youth we’ve worked with around the world, including the Tottenham upLIFTERS, a cohort of young people formed through Darren O’Donnell’s long-term engagement in London with the London International Festival of Theatre; a group of young people in Milan we met through our work with the Milan Triennale and Zona K; and a bunch of wee bairns from Scotland we worked with on a National Theatre of Scotland commission. We are always looking for ways to share our skills and knowledge with these fantastic people and get them on the road to help us create and lead projects all over the entire planet.