The Kiss Inside(2015) was the last time visionary artist Douglas Wright performed on stage. His exquisite and intricate solo was choreographed in his Mt. Albert home. This short film shares performance footage of the solo and previously unseen, intimate footage of Wright rehearsing in his lounge, amidst books, art and the statue of a saint.
This is a film of that solo that will be screened on the Tempo Dance Festival Website
Choreographer and Dancer: Douglas Wright
Film Concept and Curation: Megan Adams
Editor: Matt Gillanders
Thank you to Ann Dewey Sean MacDonald Phil Evans Pippa Samaya John Savage Andrew Whiteside Gareth Van Niekerk
Portrait of Douglas Wright by John Savage.
Douglas Wright (1956-2018) is regarded as one of New Zealand's most significant and visionary artists. From Tuakau, South Auckland, Douglas danced with Limbs Dance Company, the Paul Taylor Company and DV8 Physical Theatre before forming the Douglas Wright Dance Company in Auckland in 1988. Over the next 30 years his company toured throughout NZ, to Australia and Europe with works such as Knee Dance, Faun Variations, Hey Paris, How on Earth, Gloria, Forever, Elegy, Buried Venus, Inland, halo, Arc, Black Milk, Rapt,The Kiss Inside and M_Nod. Wright wrote two memoirs and two collections of poetry. The memoir ”Ghost Dance” won the 2003 Montana Book Awards Prize for Best First Book of Non-Fiction. A selection of his drawings are held in the collection of the Auckland Art Gallery. Wright was made a Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit in 1988 for services to dance and was one of the five inaugural Laureates chosen by the Arts Foundation of NZ in 2000.
Megan Adams is a graduate of The New Zealand School of Dance and works as a choreographic assistant, rehearsal director, choreographer and teacher in dance and theatre. Megan worked with Douglas Wright from 2005- 2018 as his choreographic assistant and rehearsal director and over this period she supported the creation of all of Wright’s new dance theatre works. Megan was an integral part of his creative and production team and assisted Wright in restaging his works with professional dancers and tertiary dance students. Megan is currently working on archiving The Douglas Wright Estate.