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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

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.



Directed by Kendra Fanconi
Written by Bryony Lavery
Dramaturgy by Ruth Little
Sound Design by Dan Jones

Developed with the support of Banff Playwrights Colony

Generation Hot

SEPTEMBER 8-18, 2016

"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

How to Build a Bird Nest

How to Build a Bird Nest
an avian animation
June 13

Treasure Trail

Treasure Trail
an artistic spin on geocaching
April 16, 2016*

This is geocaching as you've never seen it before. The Only Animal's artists create hidden treasure troves on ecological themes. Discover what is hiding in the great green.

If you missed the launch day—never fear, you can experience Treasure Trail on your own. 

First step: download one of these two apps. (we have tried many and HIGHLY recommend one of these two for this experience)
"Free GPS" by CodeBurners for iPhone
"GPS Essentials" for Android


Creeker: a watershed sound walk for the city


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.

From Sticks & Stones, Created by The Only Animal and the Adeline Collective, ‘Deer’ designed by Kat Binns, performed by Robert Leveroos. Photo Credit: Lukas Engelhardt.

Sticks & Stones

Sticks & Stones
a forest puppet show






December 20 @ 430 PM
a solstice night hike

SOLD OUT! Please email with your requested number of places and a phone number to be added to the wait list.

Climate Change Theatrical Action

Climate Change Theatrical Action: short plays for change

13 performances created by 13 Vancouver companies!

November 22
2pm, FREE
Studio 1398 on Granville Island in Vancouver
The Only Animal's Annual General Meeting to follow at 4:30pm


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