Douglas Wright's passion for life
Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:43p.m.
By Jenny Suo
In 1990, Douglas Wright was told he only had 18 months to live but 22 years later, the dancer and choreographer is still creating.
Now he's presenting his 30 year career at Auckland's Gus Fisher Gallery and spoke to Nightline about the triumphs and failures of a life he almost didn't have.
In 1990 Mr Douglas was diagnosed with HIV and was given a year and a half to live and he prepared to let go of his passion.
But he fought on, and while he had to eventually stop dancing he hasn't stopped creating.
A lot of his work explores the human spirit, something he became familiar with during his dance with death.
Despite creating more than 40 theatre works, Mr Douglas says he's not successful.
“I haven’t succeeded to do what I wanted to do with my company, partly through my own illness, but also because I wanted my company to tour in Europe,” he says.
So that's the next step, Mr Douglas's latest show "Rapt" has been invited to the Lucent Danstheater in Holland.
He's started a fundraiser on pozible.com and hopes to continue the passion that's kept him so alive.
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