Theatre

Featured in 2010 Cultural Olympiad in Whistler. NiX is Canada's first theatre of snow and ice.  This theatrical adventure follows two survivors and an arsonist through the fireworks at the end of the world. NiX is a frozen fantasy, complete with a flaming tuba, a snowman death scene and an explosive love story that will melt the coldest of hearts.

Follow The Only Animal deep into the forest December 20, the darkest night of the year, on a quest to bring back the light. The sun disappeared into the trees and has not been seen since. Some say it sank to the bottom of the sea. Journey into this dark and frozen world to find the spark of a new start.

A man recovering from amnesia, the wife who doesn't want him to remember, and a woman who washes up out of the sea.  Memory and desire are the twin rip tides at work in this lost and found story.  A radio play/live action hybrid that plays up and down the beach, in and out of the water.

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.

Follow The Only Animal deep into the woods on February 13th, 2016 for Sticks & Stones: a forest puppet show.  A trail walk will reveal the secret strange creatures of the undergrowth, some tender and green, some ancient and craggy. Puppets made from stick, leaf and moss will show you the forest anew.

The Only Animal's contribution to the collective event HIVE 3, Sugar blends five stories of first love into a candy-coloured confection.  Five women concot their miniature tales of bittersweet romance using baking ingredients and cookies.  These intimate object theatre pieces staged on breadboards balanced on the knees of two spectators take place in a 1950s frosted kitchen by the multitalented Keith Murray. 

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.

HIVE 2 took over 2 warehouse spaces at the Digital Media Centre for a 9-day marathon of perspective-rocking, intimate, outrageous, and eclectic performances by 11 independent B.C. theatre companies. Our installation you and the moon used interactive video, animated illustration, wild shifts of scale, and one very surprising performer to tell a love story for an audience of one.

you and the moon was picked up by The Cultch and remounted in 2010 in the Micro Theatre Series

 

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. 

HIVE is 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.

Get set for an interspecies collaboration that can happen in your own back yard. Inspired by text from Tinkers novelist, Paul Harding, as adapted by Playwright Kendra Fanconi and created by animation artist Cindy Mochizuki and sound artist Nancy Tam. Watch at home, and be ready to build something new. You can do it with one-hand tied behind your back...

dog eat dog photo by Tim Matheson

dog eat dog leaps from parallel worlds, to the real world with five true stories, inspired by recent news reports. The Only Animal is on the hunt for survival tactics: tracking a refugee from Hurricane Katrina, a Sasquatch stalker, an unlikely escape artist, a feral grocery clerk, and the woman who holds the world record in grilled cheese consumption. Truth is there, somewhere in the cultural-Cusinart of song-lyrics, CBC, natural disasters urban myths, prison art, roadside attractions, and competitive eating contests.

Climate change requires that our societies evolve, quickly and creatively. The Only Animal believes the arts have an important role to play. Generation Hot invites younger artists to take part in theatrical action in this climate moment.