Homo Novus


Sex, Drugs and Criminality

Mammalian Diving Reflex
In 2021 To be announced | To be announced

What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done in your life? Do you really regret it? The title Sex, Drugs and Criminality may sound more provocative than the performance itself. It features a small panel of teens over the age of sixteen who interview a group of adult cultural luminaries, politicians, artists and scandalous celebrities about their juvenile mischief and wrongdoings in front of a live audience. The teens can ask any type of question and those questioned can refuse to answer. Meanwhile, the audience can follow a very frank and heartfelt conversation, which allows us to believe that the gap that separates the different generations can sometimes be bridged.

About artist

Founded in 1993, the Toronto-based artists’ association Mammalian Diving Reflex is named after a reflex found in mammals, which increases the chances of survival when we’re plunged into a cold – metaphor for surviving difficult times. The collective makes one-off events, site-specific experiences and community happenings that bring young people and adults together as well as individuals from places, societies and age groups, dismantling the barriers which exist within the social sphere. Mammalians are most known for their projects where children are allowed to be DJ’s and hairdressers, making strangers slow dance with each other, or sharing drinks with octogenarians while discussing various positions on sex. Last time they visited Latvia with the Nightwalks with Teenagers in 2015.


Conceived by Darren O’Donnell
Directed by Jana Eiting
Co-Directed by Emma Rose & Nana Adutwum
Produced by Ryan Lewis, Alice Fleming & Virginia Antonpillai

This presentation of Sex, Drugs & Criminality is made possible in part thanks to grants from the Canada Council for the Arts touring program

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