Nightwalks with Teenagers

Mammalian Diving Reflex

Mammalian Diving Reflex, along with a group of local teens, invites you to ‘walk on the wild side’ after sundown, and to experience the streets, alleys, and secret urban spaces around The Bentway from their point of view.

Originally developed with teenagers in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood, this Bentway edition of Nightwalks with Teenagers is the first full-scale presentation of the work in Toronto, led by those original teens (known as the Young Mammals) along with a growing community of Young Mammals from around the world.

Nightwalks with Teenagers is a performance-in-motion created in collaboration with local young people who plan, design and lead public excursions through the city at night, sharing their favourite parts of the neighbourhood around The Bentway with adult members of the community. Guided through nearby streets, parks, and alleys, the performance brings together teenagers and adults who might not otherwise meet, to create experiences related to a shared place and time. Nightwalks with Teenagers is focused on the power of strolling together, it offers an opportunity for adults to socialise with young people in a safe social space, where everyone can let loose, and our collective silences offer moments for contemplation.

Performance Dates

» Thursday, July 14 at 9:00pm
» Friday, July 15 at 9:00pm
» Saturday, July 16 at 9:00pm


About the Artist

Mammalian Diving Reflex is dedicated to investigating the social sphere, always on the lookout for contradictions to whip into aesthetically scintillating experiences. They create site and social-specific performance events, theatre productions, participatory gallery installations, videos, film, art objects, and theoretical texts, collaborating with non-artists throughout their process. They aim to create work that recognises the social responsibility of art, fosters a dialogue, and dismantles barriers between individuals of all ages, cultural, economic, and social backgrounds. Mammalian Diving Reflex brings people together in new and unusual ways around the world, to create work that is engaging, challenging, and gets people talking, thinking, and feeling. They make ideal entertainment for the end of the world.

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