William Douglas

dancer
male
Born
1953
in
NS
Canada
Nova Scotia CA
Died
January, 1996
Biography

Choreographer, dancer. Nova Scotia-bred, Toronto-and New York-trained Douglas led dance companies in New York and Toronto, and before his AIDS-related death lived a final five years in Montreal with his life partner, dancer José Navas (b. 1963, star of his own queer dance film Lodela [Philippe Baylaucq, NFB, 1997, 27]). Douglas's prize-winning career is amply documented on video, but the most enduring record is the video E/motional/ogic: William Douglas Transformed (Lisa Cochrane, 1994, 24). The couple talk frankly and eloquently of art, life, love and death, and three dance numbers are generously excerpted. The most effective moments are solos by Douglas, improvised dance-wading on the Cape Breton shore, and a final unveiling of his agile body as he moves allegorically towards the camera, into the darkness.