Homo Novus


Sex, Drugs and Criminality

Mammalian Diving Reflex (Toronto)
10 & 11 September Vidzemes Market | €10 / €5

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.

To ensure the safety of our audience, artists and team, the attendance of the festival in person will only be possible when presenting a Covid-19 certificate that proves the fact of vaccination or recovery from the illness within the past six months and an identity document. Therefore, unfortunately, the festival may only be attended by persons 12 and up this year.

Description of access: we recommend arriving from Brīvības Street. You may have to overcome uneven coverage in the Market area. The events of the festival will take place in 3 venues in the market area, which are located close to each other.

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, Dario Scheffler, Līva Zacmane, Karu Treij, Dommy Kyte, Laura Melbārde, Ikars Graždanovičs, Frensisa Daudze, Kristiāns Iesalnieks, Grieta Groskaufmane, Alberts Roze, Una Valaine
Produced by Ryan Lewis, Alice Fleming & Virginia Antonpillai
Photo: Martin Steffe
This presentation of Sex, Drugs & Criminality is made possible in part thanks to grants from the Canada Council for the Arts touring program

10 & 11



Vidzemes Market

€10 / €5


In Latvian 10.09., in English 11.09.

90 mins/ 16+

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