The Kiss Inside

Online, Global

15/07/2020 - 19/07/2020

COVID-19 Lockdown Festival 2020

Production Details

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 film will be available on the Tempo Dance Festival website
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.

Performance installation , Dance , Contemporary dance ,

20 minutes

Relatable, beautiful, challenging, engrossing

Review by Nicole Wilkie 19th Jul 2020

This short film gives an intimate look at a rehearsal of Douglas Wright’s solo in his home space, contrasted with the same section of movement performed onstage, against the backdrop of a magnificent hanging tree.  

In his lounge space, I am pleasantly surprised with how he can stay virtually on the same spot, yet be so expressive with his body and tell the story he wants to portray. The phrase is very gestural and several motifs are repeated throughout. Wright demonstrates his fluidity through wonderful twisting and interlocking limbs, as well as making use of incredibly precise gesture and hand placement.

At times the movement is conversational, at other times Wright takes on an almost feline or bird-like form, before returning to undeniable human expression. Each movement flows into the next efficiently and effortlessly, drawing the audience in.

Douglas Wright has been one of my inspirations as a dancer and choreographer for years. I first came across his work as a young dancer and loved his unique physicality, and his fearless approach to expressing controversial ideas or challenging the status quo in his work.

The Kiss Inside is, in its essence, a work about the search for ecstasy that burns within all of us. It is a choreography expressing human desires and the joy we feel when our desires are fulfilled.

I was lucky enough to watch this show live when it toured Aotearoa in 2015. It still stands in my mind as a dance work that is relatable to all to some degree in its conception, as well as being a simply beautiful, challenging and physically engrossing work.

RIP Douglas, your legacy lives on through the next generation of Kiwi dancers and beyond.

[Available here until 19 July]


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