Flying Dog Show

During the summer of 1999, Performance Artist Ken Hudson and his old friend created a rag and bones theatre show, “Flying Dog Show,” in the store’s window on Queen Street W in Toronto. The result was that for a short time a “natural theatre” was created by the physical enactment of various comedic narratives and the un-solicited participation of the sometimes bewildered passersby.

For 10 weeks the pair created weekly shows which Media Television called “part social commentary and part Punch and Judy show.”

Each episode explored a part of the ‘brother’s’ personal mythology, which they then shared freely with the street. Their guiding principle and primary message of the show was to “make art with whatever you have around the house.

The show was featured in the National Post newspaper where the two discussed the origins and intent of this original performance.“‘It’s about a sense of community and possibility,’ said Mr Hudson in explaining the show’s appeal. ‘Like Batman says [in our] show: Don’t watch TV, make your own. It’s designed to play with people’s expectations and bring them out of themselves. It’s not work, it’s hard play.'”