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Heroic dancer, Douglas Wright, is retiring

Sat 5 Mar 2016 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Douglas Wright, as photographed for Metro magazine The dancer who will always be remembered for his epic performance at the third Hero Party in the early 1990s has announced his retirement from dancing. Douglas Wright came to particular prominence when he performed as the heroic lead character in a massive and extravagantly staged show conceived by the late Warwick Broadhead for Hero 3 at Princess Wharf on the Auckland Wharf. Wright choreographed his character's journey through trials and tribulations towards self-discovery using the entire space of the wharf main shed, including dancing along the walls and suspended from the ceiling in mid-air. Wright, 59, was diagnosed with HIV in 199 but continued to dance and create some of his most poignant works. But years of intense and highly physical performances and fighting his HIV infection  have taken its toll. "I'm tired," he says, acknowledging his performance of The Kiss at the New Zealand Festival this weekend is his last.    

Credit: Daily News Staff

First published: Saturday, 5th March 2016 - 11:49am

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