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For Art's Sake - In the Eye of the Beholder: Douglas Wright

Television (Full Length) – 1996

Renowned choreographer Douglas Wright produced dazzling dance works exploring human frailty and desire. In this episode of For Art's Sake, presenter Alison Parr speaks with Wright at Wellington's St James Theatre. The interview centres on the ongoing exploration of human relationships in Wright's art. Answering a question about people who take offence at the nudity or sexual themes in his choreography, Wright muses on the ease with which "the powers that be" accept scenes of physical violence, over those of sexual honesty. Wright also discusses the creation of his 1991 solo work Elegy.

Dance is about...the moment that is disappearing and as it disappears you are going into the next moment, and I think that death has something to teach us in that way, in allowing something to die.
– Choreographer Douglas Wright on the ephemeral nature of his art