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Let World Stage (bow) wow you with the North American premiere of Dachshund UN

Toronto, ON (February 7, 2013) – Dachshund UN, the live performance installation from Australian artist Bennett Miller, will be taking over the Enwave Theatre Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013. See man’s best friend hold a mirror up to the global community, offering a spirited critique of one of its most ambitious social institutions, the United Nations.

Dachshund UN is one of eleven groundbreaking international contemporary performance works in the World Stage 2013 season. This performance installation, which is proudly sponsored by PawsWay restages the UN Commission on Human Rights with the help of a life-sized model of the UN office in Geneva. Featuring dozens of specially recruited dachshunds from over 24 cities across Ontario, Quebec and New York, the show will demonstrate how world leaders play ball when stakes are high.

World Stage Artistic Director Tina Rasmussen comments: "It's a rare thing, a total cast of over 100 humans and 100 animals. This is work that redefines and repositions live action, inside of the theatre, but outside of its purview. The North American premiere of Dachshund UN is truly a maverick production where spectacle and ontology will collide. I'm excited and I might even adopt a Dachshund in the process."

Unique among breeds for their racial diversity, dachshund ambassadors underscore the trials and achievements of the international community by striving for unity and justice in a dog-eat-dog world. During the hour-long performance, opinions will be shared, fetching ideas communicated and strategic plans unleashed in a summit of delightful chaos and pert insight.

Bennett Miller is a sculptor, installation artist and dachshund owner from Perth, Australia. His works have been featured at festivals and group exhibitions across Australia where he also has several solo exhibitions to his credit including IASKA (2006), Canberra Contemporary Art Space (2007) and Chalk Horse (2009). Dachshund UN has been featured all across Australia in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne and in the U.K.

Note to the public: Due to popular demand, please note that advance seat reservations are no longer available for all performances. But don’t worry! Even if you haven’t reserved a seat, there will be plenty of room for you to see the show from the theatre’s balconies which will be used as short-term viewing galleries on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that participating dachshunds are the only dogs allowed in the theatre. The show is twitter friendly and not to be missed. So be sure to come down early so you can walk through and take a look! If you’d like to be the first to know if any advance seats become available, sign-up for our e-newsletter. Exclusive offers, videos, and other content abound!


The Marketplace at Dachshund UN

Thursday Feb. 28, 2013 – Sunday, March 3, 2013
Come visit the indoor marketplace that will be open to the public before, during and after each performance of Dachshund UN, in the lobby between the Enwave Theatre and The Power Plant. There will be a vast assortment of wares available for purchase, including S’wag jewellery, Wienerwares clothing, accessories, fine art photography by Serena Hodson and nutritious and delicious Purina® Beneful® dog food and treats thanks to our production sponsor PawsWay. The Canadian Dachshund Rescue and Helping Homeless Pets will also be on hand, just in case adopting a dachshund is on your to-do list.

Dachshund UN – talkshow

Friday, March 1, 2013
World Stage is committed to providing live performance of unparalleled quality. Part of that commitment includes exclusive opportunities to engage with the artists and performers involved with the work. Please stay around after the performance for an informative and engaging talkshow. Admission is free for those in attendance.

Dates / Times / Location
Duration: 50 minutes
Enwave Theatre – 231 Queens Quay West located between Queens Quay Terminal and York Quay Centre, adjacent to The Power Plant
Thu, February 28 at 7 pm
Fri, March 1 at 7 pm
Sat, March 2 at 2 pm
Sun, March 3 at 2 pm

Admission is free on a first-come first-served basis.

Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage 2013 gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and Westin Harbour Castle, the official host hotel of World Stage.

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto's central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe. Harbourfront Centre attracts more than 17 million visits to its site each year to experience 4,000 diverse public events and activities. Harbourfront Centre receives operational support from the Government of Canada and the City of Toronto and program funding from all levels of government, the private sector and individual donors.

Located at Toronto’s Harbourfront, PawsWay is a one-of-a-kind pet centre devoted to bringing the pet perspective to life. Launched in June 2008, PawsWay is a unique place where pet lovers can come together to learn, discover, and celebrate the world of cats and dogs.

PawsWay’s mission is to promote the well-being of pets and encourage responsible pet care. It offers a pet-friendly, entertaining, and engaging environment where pet guardians, those considering adding a cat or dog to their home, pet professionals, and anyone interested in pets can explore permanent exhibits, attend special events, participate in themed programming, and discover the world of dogs and cats at the resource centre. PawsWay is a Nestlé Purina PetCare initiative, and is the permanent home of the Purina Animal Hall of Fame. For more information on PawsWay, visit

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