These Are the People In Your Neighbourhood
The Canadian performance company Mammalian Diving Reflex are coming to Reading.
A group of eleven and twelve-year-olds from Maiden Erlegh School in Reading are going to school you about your ‘hood’. They’ve done theresearch, analyzed the data and made the connections; young people are the experts in These Are the People in Your Neighbourhood, a public walk and tour of local businesses in East Reading. For the mere cost of your time and leg power, you’ll learn about the hottest new place to grab a coffee, where to get a cool haircut and to buy the best veggies and, of course, whether the grocer prefers to wear stripes or solids.
The performances will take place on Thursday 30 June (6pm) and Friday 1 July (6pm).
Starting point for each performance is Maiden Erlegh School in Reading, 81 Crescent Road.
More about Mammalian Diving Reflex
Mammalian Diving Reflex view innovative artistic interventions as a way to trigger generosity and equity. It is a research-art atelier dedicated to investigating the social sphere, always on the lookout for contradictions to whip into aesthetically scintillating experiences. They are a culture production workshop for site and social-specific performance events, gallery-based participatory installations, video products, art objects and theoretical texts. They have presented collaborative work with adults, children and youth in more than 50 cities internationally with great success, and the company is regularly recognized and invited as part of major art festivals, including Ruhrtriennale Germany, PuShFestival Vancouver, Performa07NY and LIFT FestivalLondon2010. They recently received the Neighbourhood Arts Network TD Arts Diversity Award (2013), the Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital Toronto Award, Children’s Rights Supporter Award from the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children.
These Are the People in Your Neighbourhood is a street-proofing and community fortification performance led by children and fuelled by curiosity about the world and enthusiasm to share it. It is a performance of a very possible world: a place where children walk down a safe and familiar street, high-fiving the people they pass. If you harbour any nostalgia for those imaginary days when the word ‘community’ still had meaning, These Are the People in Your Neighbourhood is a small slice of utopia.
Mammalian Diving Reflex’s work occurs in public, collaborates with non-artists, and creates unusual social contexts that bring children and adults together, as well as individuals from different socio-economic, geographic, cultural, and racial backgrounds who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity or reason to spend time together. We engage our audience members as active participants and collaborators in all of our work. We have made strangers slow dance with each other; eat meals together; interview one another on stage in front of hundreds of other audience members; share drinks with octogenarians while discussing views on sex; and we have held all night dance parties DJed by 10-year-olds.
This presentation of These Are the People in Your Neighbourhood has been made possible thanks to the Arts Council of England, Reading Cultural Partnership as part of Reading Year of Culture 2016, a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts Theatre International Program and with support from the University of Reading.