True Colors DIALOGUE

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

Think sex and seniors don’t go together? 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, captures O’Donnell’s dialogues with senior citizens from 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.

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

Running time: About 100 minutes
Performed in Japanese with English and Japanese subtitles
*Recommended for ages 15 and up. 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • Japanese audio guide device rental

  • Attending with wheelchair

  • Attending with assistance dog

  • Up to one caregiver free admission

  • Aisle seat

  • Guide from the nearest station

  • Japanese subtitles / English subtitles

  • Japanese Sign language translation

  • Multipurpose toilet

  • Writing boards

  • Access information from the nearest station

One-minute video

Performance Detail

Day2021 April 8, 6:00 p.m.
April 9, 6:00 p.m.
April 10, 6:00 p.m.
April 11, 3:30 p.m.
Entrance Time 60 minutes before show: Reception begins at the lobby
30 minutes before the show: Priority admission begins
(For those who need time to move, those who need assistance, those with small children, etc.)
20 minutes before the show: Doors open
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
*Same-day tickets will be sold at the venue reception one hour before the show.
Venue Spiral Hall
5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062

*Depending on the spread of COVID19, the content of the event may be changed.
We will announce the details on the True Colors Festival official website as soon as possible.

  • 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

    Nicole Bazuin

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, Christian Horoszczak
Transcription by Ngawang Luding
Featuring Seniors from Miyagi, Chiba, Hyogo, Toyama and Tokyo
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
Assistant stage manager Yoshiyuki Shimizu, Kensuke Sugita
Lighting designer Ayumi Kito
Sound director Ukioka Atsushi
Video director/Surtitle projection planner Kei Uchida
Stage sign language Manager Asako Hirokawa
Stage sign language interpreter: Yuko Kato, Ichiro Hashimoto, Rika Mizuno
Supervision of stage sign language Yoriko Kawai, Yumiko Kawai
Stage sign language assistant Sachie Shimosaka, Mitsumi Suito, Mika Takada
Audio guide narrator: Kahori Saiki
Surtitle Operator Mizuki Tazawa
Project coordinator Miki Nozaki
Accessibility coordinator Miyuki Tanaka
Main visual photographer Katsumi Omori
Rehearsal photographer Ryohei Tomita
Production precog co.,LTD.
Director: Akane Nakamura
Senior producer: Kumi Hiraoka
Producer: Tamiko Ouki
Chief administrator: Yuka Morita
Project manager: Hitomi Sato
Project manager assistant: Tomo Seto
Interns: Nana Shimojo, Haruka Ueda, Yuka Okazawa
Accessibility Coordinate Producer: Mai Hyodo
Accessibility Coordinate Manager: Yuka Yatsu
Accessibility Coordinate Assistant: Mei Hayashi
PR director Haruka Murakami
PR assistant Asumi Kitahori, Miki Tainaka
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
Special cooperation Kanayo Ueda, Otsuka Takashi, Taku Suzuki, Tatuya Takagi, Takeda Tomoya, Raku Nakahara, Hayashi Tomoko, Takashi Usui, Ken Okamoto, Migiwa Kikuchi, Shinko Suzuki, Rino Nakashima
Cooperation NPO Theatre Accessibility network, City Lights, Chupki, Tanaka Arts Studio, KYOTO EXPERIMENT
Venue support Wacoal Art Center Co., Ltd.

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.

Information about the performance in Kyoto

This performance was presented at KYOTO EXPERIMENT from March 26 (Fri.) to 28 (Sun.), 2021.

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