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Haircuts by Children is a whimsical performance that playfully engages with the enfranchisement of children, trust in the younger generation, and the thrills and chills of vanity. For TBA:07 the Canadian-based artist group Mammalian Diving Reflex have engaged a group of Portland students between the ages of ten and twelve, preparing them with the skills and confidence to offer members of the public free haircuts. Haircuts by Children invites the consideration of children as creative and competent individuals whose aesthetic choices can be trusted. The idea that kids should be allowed to cut our hair evokes the same leap of faith, courage and understanding required to grant children deeper citizen rights. For many it is actually less terrifying to contemplate allowing kids to vote. So, while Haircuts by Children is a performance for kids, it’s actually for the benefit of who they will become.

Mammalian Diving Reflex is an independent Toronto-based performance company known for its intellectually challenging presentations. Established in 1993 under the artistic directorship of Darren O’Donnell, Mammalian Diving Reflex is dedicated to working with language, ideas, and information. The company has produced eight original works, toured in Canada and abroad, and facilitated numerous community events through their Social Acupuncture initiative designed to straddle the ground between life, art, research, experimentation, discussion and artistic forms, which remain off the radar of theatre and performance.