The dancing man

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  • Published 20130305
  • ISBN: 9781922079961
  • Extent: 264 pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

I NEVER MET the dancing man. I watched him plenty of times in a Hobart mall, but not once did I shake his hand or ask him his name. He was just the dancing man. I suppose, though, without ever speaking to each other, we had a friendship of sorts. Each day when I walked past him on my way to work I would smile and nod. I never could tell if his head-wobble and body-shake in reply was a reciprocal greeting or just another wacky dance move, but he always seemed to boogie with an extra burst of enthusiasm when I went by. I liked to think the additional little flurry was an acknowledgment of my presence. And I liked to think this was how he communicated with the world.

The mall was much like any other mall in Australia: a busy sliver of garish consumerism ripping through a city block. Full of chain stores and smoking teenagers and anxious-looking old folks walking their wares in tartan-covered carts. To most, the mall was simply a place to shop and sit and enjoy the one hundred metres of respite from the cars grinding impatiently through the streets. To the dancing man, however, the mall was a stage.

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Luke Wright

Luke Wright has written for NatGeo Traveler, Australian Geographic, Africa Geographic, Big Issue, The Age,Ecologist, get lost magazine and more.As a former editor of an international travel magazine, he has visited...

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