Water is the most essential element for life on earth.
The Only Animal invites ‘Generation Hot’ artists born in the era of climate change to investigate the theme of water in site-specific performances on Granville Island. These works will premiere in the Waterborne program of the 2017 Vancouver Fringe, September 7-17.
What is your most personal connection to water?
What stories need to be told about water now?
How can sharing these stories link artists and audiences to renewed possibility and effective action?
Generation Hot: Waterborne is a FREE five-month mentorship program for youth/emerging artists ages 17-24 creating new short performances. Learn from The Only Animal artists: leaders in site-specific and elementally-inspired theatre creation. Mentorship will support you developing your idea from a gleam in your eye through opening night. Partner organizations will help participants engage with the topic and relevant communities. Combining the personal and the social, this process will provoke your artistic courage within a supportive group setting.
Year of the Typewriter responds to a challenge by ecology writer Paul Kingsnorth to cast landscape as the lead character in stories. The response of Playwright Kendra Fanconi to this challenge was to rig up an old typewriter as a backpack and go out into wild places with the idea of translating what landscape has to say. A first workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts in October 2016 explored this concept and opened up other avenues of exploration: interspecies arts collaborations with native species and ideas for translating the voice of place.
"Every [one] on earth born after June 23, 1988 belongs to what I call Generation Hot. This generation includes some two billion young people, all of whom have grown up under global warming and are fated to spend the rest of their lives confronting its mounting impacts." Mark Hertsgaard
Creeker is an intimate listening experience for one that challenges how we are in the city. Walk city blocks with sound artist Nancy Tam as she guides you into unexpected places. Creeker displaces the rhythms and sounds of Roberts Creek, from the ocean to the headwaters, onto the urban landscape. A lucid dream of the forest and stream, mapping the primeval flow onto the urban now.