Mammalian Diving Reflex: All the Sex I’ve Ever Had

24th, 25th, and 26th August 2018
Old Power Station
Ljubljana, Slovenia

In the frame of Mladi levi festival

Led by Artistic Director Darren O’Donnell, Mammalian Diving Reflex uses a working method called »social acupuncture«, the belief that the power, potency and significance of theatre can be revived by civic engagement and social interaction as an aesthetic. Mammalian Diving Reflex focuses on participatory processes, working with local communities to create rigorously crafted and provocative performances. Mammalian brings people together in new and unusual ways around the world, to create work that is engaging, challenging, and gets people talking, feeling and thinking.
We all know that today’s attitude towards sexuality is different than it used to be, we also know the statistics on various sexual practices, and this year, on the 50th anniversary of 1968, we are trying to reflect on the results of the so‑called sexual revolution. But as Dolly Parton used to sing so beautifully, no one knows what goes on behind closed doors, behind specific closed doors. In Slovenia, we have found 6 individuals of the older generation who are willing to talk about sex; their own sex, not just sex in general. Together with Mammalian Diving Reflex, they have transformed their stories into a performance, so that we are able – at least for a short moment – to look behind the closed doors of romance and sexuality of a generation.

Conceived by: Darren O’Donnell
Direction: Darren O’Donnell
Co-direction: Alice Fleming
Performing: Srečko Polanec, Jadranka Novak, Nada Tržan-Herman, Peter Butoln, Ana Jovičević, Pavel Premrl
Sound designer: Rok Kovač
MC: Lea Kukovičič
Production: Tina Fance, Alice Fleming, Annalise Prodor, Melika Ramić
Technical direction and environment design: Alice Fleming, James Mapes
Local producer: Lea Kukovičič
Translators: Gaja Vudrag, Urša Grum
Interns: Sorcha Gibson, Sonja Kovačevič, Chiara Prodi
Surtitles: Lara Jerkovič
Local technical support: Igor Remeta, Grega Mohorčič
Lights: Janko Oven

120 minutes

Performance is in Slovene with English surtitles.

Foto:  Taku Kumabe

Link to the project:

all the sex i ve ever had

Bunker AltArt Foundation Maria Matos Teatro Municipal Artsadmin Parc et Grande Halle de la Villette Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen Santarcangelo dei Teatri Arts and Theatre Institute Festival De Keuze / Rotterdamse Schouwburg Walking Theory

Fond B92 / Cultural Center REX Balkan Express Institute for Applied Theatre Studies