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Hive 1: Bedsheet Tempest

HIVE  was a performance event created by 11 of Vancouver and Victoria's creation-based theatre companies. In 2006, these companies created 11 intimate performances for audiences ranging from one person to twenty. The event used every corner of The Chapel, a converted funeral home that is now a venue and art gallery in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The Only Animal's contribution sampled text from Shakespeare's The Tempest to reveal the nocturnal struggles of a couple on the rocks. Infesting hallways, parlours, a billiard room, the former embalming room, gallery space, garages, dumpsters, and more: HIVE proved to be a momentous demonstration of the fierce creativity and collaborative spirit that fuels this generation of theatre artists.

"HIVE blew my mind. It’s one of the most exciting artistic events I’ve ever experienced. In an old funeral parlour across from Oppenheimer Park, 11 local companies perform 11 separate pieces in continuous rotation..." (Georgia Straight, Colin Thomas)

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The Only Animal creates cultivates and inspires theatre work that arises from a deep engagement with place.