Stage Write: Dachshund UN

“It’s a dog eat dog world.” A phrase commonly applied to business or politics, it has never sounded more appropriate than after checking out the North American premiere of Dachshund UN last night. Part of the World Stage programming, this show features a group of dachshunds representing the Commission on Human Rights. 

Dachshund UN was first created by Australian sculptor and installation artist Bennett Miller. Miller’s works regularly feature live animals as performers, such as in last night’s show. Dachshund UN was first developed for Next Wave Festival in Melbourne, Australia. Its run at Harbourfront is the first time it’s being presented indoors and on North American soil. 

We didn’t know quite what to expect when we went over, but it wasn’t hard to sell us on puppies. When the curtain went up, a gasp of delight went through the audience – DACHSCHUNDS WERE EVERYWHERE! Unlike at most theatre shows, Dachshund UN encourages the audience to take photos and share their experience via Twitter/Instagram. We also engaged in a lot of squealing and catcalling to the dachshunds. 

We suppose that there’s some greater meaning that we should’ve gleaned from the show; perhaps a commentary on civics and citizenship? The program notes suggested that the chaos of animal performers in a live theatre environment is about surprise and is an experience worth observing. For us, it was more about self-restraint – do you have any idea how hard it is to resist running up and petting puppies after watching them for 40 minutes??

Some highlights of the night included when Pakistan started to hump Slovenia, the United States would not stop howl-barking the whole time, the Netherlands lazily rested his head on his nameplate and France and the Ukraine were nuzzling besties! Is this a commentary on each of the countries they represent? Perhaps. Or they’re just puppies being puppies. 

Pro tip: Be sure to hang around the stage door following the performance to greet the actors as they head out. If you ask extra nicely, their handlers will even let you pet them. Finally! 

Dachschund UN is on-stage at Harbourfront Centre’s Enwave Theatre with performances tonight at 7 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is free, on a first come first serve basis. 

All images courtesy of Harbourfront Centre. 

Fashion-able: Dress Your Pet for Halloween

Halloween… our pets’ time to shine, or their worst nightmare? Probably a little bit of both. On the fourth floor we’re strong promoters of everything and anything cute, so we’ve wrangled a few of our furry friends into some costumes, and rounded up some inspiration pics that shouldn’t be missed. Halloween is just a couple of days away – does your pet have a costume yet?

We’re definitely not above matching pet/owner costumes. Think dynamic duos: Calvin and Hobbes, Lone Ranger and Tonto, Scooby and Shaggy, Dorothy and Toto… endless possibilities here. We’re loving this adorable Batman/Robin duo. 

You’ll never find a better sidekick than your dog, so why not dress him in the part?
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Let your pet’s breed or colouring influence their costume. All this little Chewbacca needs is an owner dressed up like Han Solo, and commitment to a grooming plan that starts weeks before October 31st.  

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Allow your Chihuahua to embrace his heritage by giving him a tiny little sombrero.

Winston shows the camera some love.
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Halloween isn’t just for dogs! Imagine how much fun you’d have wrangling your cat into this Harry Potter costume.

This cat obviously loves being Harry.
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If you’re not quite ready to go for the full hat/glasses option with your cat, adding a lion’s mane might be an easier option.

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Some pets enjoy dressing up more than others. This little superhero puppy loves the camera!

Up, up and away!
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The key is to pick a costume they can’t wiggle out of, as much as they try. This isn’t cruel – they’ll end up having a great time, we promise.

Kisu is a little pumpkin who’s given up trying to fight.

Sometimes all you need is a little hair accessory. Recommended for the misbehaving dog who just won’t stop struggling.

Georgie is all ready for Halloween with her orange and black hair bows

Just like humans, pets experience solidarity in numbers. A group costume prevents your pup from feeling awkward or out of place.

A gold star for the pet owner who trained all these dogs to sit and pose.
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Don’t let the size of your pet limit your imagination!

Apparently guinea pigs enjoy dressing up for Halloween.. who knew?
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Is your pet dressing up for Halloween this year? Don’t be selfish – tweet us a picture @rockitpromo.