2nd December 2018
Theater-goers in the spotlight, even though they cannot see it
by Dong Jun / SHINE
A theater-goer and his seeing-eye dog enjoy a movie.
At a recent performance in Shanghai Concert Hall, some of the listeners were lying in the aisles, wagging their tails to the music.
Seeing-eye dogs were there for a concert featuring the Shanghai Disabled People’s Choir as it celebrated its 10th anniversary. In what was probably a first, seeing-eye dogs were allowed in with their blind owners.
It all started with a call from a blind woman who asked if she could take her dog to the concert. That got organizers thinking about an issue they had never really considered before — access to the arts for the blind.
As a result, they made special seating arrangements for blind concert-goers at two ends of the concert hall, ensuring that their dogs could lie beside them.
Staff and volunteers were on hand to offer help and to remind other concert-goers not to distract the dogs. Anyone not wishing to sit near the dogs was given a seat on the second tier.