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. 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 will return to Vancouver in 2008 in a form to be discovered. To visit the official website, click on: www.buzzbuzzbuzz.ca
For HIVE 2006, Kendra and Eric created an intimate ten-minute piece, sampling text from Shakespeare’s The Tempest to reveal the nocturnal struggles of a couple on the rocks. Audiences of twenty people gathered close around a large wooden bed (custom built by the venue’s owner from a huge maple burl, swirled and pitted with organic patterns, and fortuitously immoveable.
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"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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