True Colors DIALOGUE

“All the Sex I’ve Ever Had” by Darren O’Donnell of Mammalian Diving Reflex (Canada)

Apl/ 8-11

Think sex and seniors don’t mix? This production featuring the unique perspectives of five people over the age of 60 of diverse backgrounds, sexualities and abilities will make you think again.

In “All the Sex I’ve Ever Had”, director/writer Darren O’Donnell of the Mammalian Diving Reflex (Canada) company invites five Japanese seniors over the age of 60 to talk about their lives with sex as the starting point.

The script, developed over a month-long period, captures O’Donnell’s dialogues with senior citizens of various diverse backgrounds, sexualities and abilities from Miyagi, Chiba, Hyogo and Toyama. Each has spent hours giving their responses via interviews on their personal histories from the perspective of their sexual experiences, or lack thereof.

As we journey through the ages and stages of these five different lives, the music, selected by singer-songwriter Yo Irie (Japan), takes us back to decades past. At some point, the venue turns into a glittering disco—mirror-ball included!

“All the Sex I’ve Ever Had” is a raw and fascinating record of one’s youth in old age. It offers clues for living that are certainly not taught in schools. Nostalgic and moving, these courageous personal stories are a celebration of life and theater at its finest.

“All the Sex I’ve Ever Had” by Darren O’Donnell of Mammalian Diving Reflex (Canada)

From April 8 to April 11, 2021

Performed in Japanese with Japanese and English subtitles
Performance duration:100 minutes

  • Attending with wheelchair

  • Attending with assistance dog

  • Japanese and English subtitles

  • Japanese Sign language translation

  • Up to one caregiver free admission

  • Multipurpose toilet

  • Writing boards

  • Assisting staff

Performance Detail

Day 2021
April 8, 6:00 p.m.
April 9, 6:00 p.m.
April 10, 6:00 p.m.
April 11, 3:30 p.m.
Ticket Price Advance purchase ¥3,000, Purchase at the door ¥3,500
Advance purchase for student ¥2,500, Purchase at the door for student ¥3,000
Purchase for high school students and younger ¥1,000
Venue Spiral Hall
5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
  • The performance at Austin, USA /2018
    ©Christopher Shea

  • The performance at Austin, USA /2018
    ©Christopher Shea


Mammalian Diving Reflex / Darren O'Donnell

  • Mammalian Diving Reflex Logo

Mammalian Diving Reflex was founded in Toronto in 1993, primarily produce stage-based performances created by Darren O’Donnell. Mammalian is always on the lookout for contradictions to whip into aesthetically scintillating experiences. 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.

Darren O’Donnell

  • Darren O’Donnell Photo

Darren O’Donnell is an urban cultural planner, novelist, essayist, playwright, filmmaker, performance director and the Artistic and Founding Director of Mammalian Diving Reflex. His books include: Social Acupuncture (2006), which argues for aesthetics of civic engagement, and Haircuts by Children and Other Evidence for a New Social Contract (2018), which proposes the cultural sector as a site to pilot a new social contract with children.

Darren O’Donnell's message

“The older people get, the more courageous we are to accept and share our vulnerabilities. It is a courage born of enduring hardship and tragedy and understanding that vulnerability is universal and constant. Life is a bitch and then we don’t die – we keep on living and living and living as our sight, hair, muscles, joints and neurons hit the road and the people we love evaporate. This shit is not for the faint of heart. But our world doesn’t place much value on this vulnerability – displays of vulnerability tend to make people feel uncomfortable. Through learning to accept our own vulnerability, we build the courage to accept the vulnerability of others, even when their vulnerability appears to be an affront.”

– Darren O’Donnell, Artistic and Research Director

Sound designer and MC

  • Yo Irie Photo

    Yo Irie

Yo Irie (born September 19,1987) is a Japanese singer-songwriter, sound producer, film composer and writer. His latest song is “Kinosei(201912)”. Twitter:@irieyoo


Directed and written Darren O’Donnell
Produced and written by Annalise Prodor & Ryan Lewis
Production and writing assistance by Kathy Vuu
Environment design and technical direction by Alice Fleming
Transcription by Ngawang Luding
Featuring Seniors from Miyagi, Chiba, Hyogo and Toyama
Sound designer and MC Yo Irie
Japanese-English interpretation, script translation, subtitle translation by Art Translators Collective
(Nobuko Aiso, Kanoko Tamura, Hibiki Mizuno, Kyle Yamada)
Stage manager Yoshiko Haraguchi
Lighting designer Ayumi Kito
Sound director Ukioka Atsushi
Surtitle projection planner Kei Uchida
Accessibility coordinator Miyuki Tanaka
Stage sign language interpreter Yuko Kato, Ichiro Hashimoto, Rika Mizuno
Supervision of sign language NPO Theatre Accessibility network
Audio guide narrator Kahori Saiki
Project coordinator: Miki Nozaki
Main visual photographer Katsumi Omori
Production precog co.,LTD.
Director: Akane Nakamura
Producer: Tamiko Ouki
Senior producer: Kumi Hiraoka
Chief administrator: Yuka Morita
Project manager: Hitomi Sato
Project manager assistant: Setou Tomo
Interns: Nana Shimojo, Haruka Ueda, Yuka Okazawa
PR director Haruka Murakami
PR assistant Asumi Kitahori
Ticketing coordinator Madoka Shishido
Organized by The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS, precog co.,LTD.
With support from Embassy of Canada
With financial support from Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
ARTS COUNCIL TOKYO Tokyo Tokyo Festival
Canada Council for the Arts Ontario Arts Council

This presentation of All the Sex I’ve Ever Had has been made possible in part thanks to a grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council touring programs.

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