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Mammalian Diving Reflex: Haircuts by Children

Fashion & costumes Kids Performance
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The Burlington Performing Arts Centre Community Studio Theatre

Burlington, ON



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


In Haircuts by Children by Mammalian Diving Reflex, kids are given the tools to become working hairdressers and the public is invited to have their hair cut, by 9 and 10-year olds. A simple premise, with deep implications. The event - which the

Calgary Herald called “Part performance art, part public service, part therapy” - tests our trust in the next generation and measures how far we’re willing to go to empower

youth. If we trust them to shape our future, will we let them shape our hairstyles?

Haircuts By Children is part of province-wide exhibition DO BLUE BUTTERFLIES EAT PARTS OF THE SKY?, and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre's Cultural Diversity Festival.


Mammalian Diving Reflex was founded in Toronto in 1993, and since 2013 has focused on ‘social acupuncture’ - playful, provocative, site and social-specific participatory performances that bring people together in new and unusual ways. The Artistic & Research Director of Mammalian is Darren O’Donnell. His recent book Haircuts by Children and Other Evidence for a New Social Contract (Coach House Books, 2017) presents the company’s model for collaborating with young people, using their work as a case study to explore the idea of increased social and civic participation of young people.


The Burlington Performing Arts Centre

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC), located in beautiful downtown Burlington, is a cultural hub of the community and offers the best in the performing arts to the citizens of Burlington. BPAC takes a leadership role in community cultural development, nurtures and supports local presenters and artists and engages the community in meaningful performing arts experiences. As a not-for-profit, charitable organization, we present a professional season of 70+ artists in all genres, and are actively engaged in ongoing fundraising and development activities.


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