RAISING STANLEY: Karen Bailey and Kim Kilpatrick
The journey from puppy to working guide dog for the blind told through paintings and stories.
Raising Stanley will be presented at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) Ottawa, in Summer 2018.
Stanley is a Yellow Lab with Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. My husband Iain and I raised Stanley from age ten weeks to twenty three months.
In their collaborative performance piece, Karen Bailey and Kim Kilpatrick delve into issues of identity, accessibility and canine service using sound and images.
Kim Kilpatrick is a storyteller, former para-olympian and disability rights activist who has handled four guide dogs. Born blind, she brings a fresh and unique approach to the art of storytelling.
This performance installation echoes an historical truth - mans relationship with animals has been economic, passionate and complex. In contemporary society, with an increasing emphasis on the rights of non-human animals, we must ask ourselves: is he just a dog that works, a tool to make humans life easier or is he more than that?