Owen Allen &
Phoenix Functions

ABOUT

In the aspiration for a better world, leadership lives in appearing from the social fabric of the world, to invite others to creating a new world

 PHOENIX FUNCTIONS

Hi, my name is Owen Allen. Phoenix Functions is my legacy to the world. Under the banner of renewal and transformation (Phoenix) and having things work (Functions), I invite you to take from this showcase of my 40 adult years of  personal and professional development through innovations in physiotherapy, dance, and leadership

FORMATION & TRANSFORMATION

I grew up on a farm in Far North Queensland. I still live in the area. At an early age, I developed a dogged belief in an unrestrained inquiry of the world. My formative and transformative experiences in life have included: a natural attraction to the impossible as a child through the bible, fantasy, and science; playing and working on the family farm and surrounding natural environments; negotiating abusive adults; studying and practicing physiotherapy; finding a spiritual home in the Baha'i Faith; treking among mountain villages of Papua New Guinea; raising three sons; sitting honorarily on boards of national rural health organisations in Australia; and engaging in a dance practice as a mature dancer.
My legacy projects are now found in creating a global movement around an innovative method in inclusive community dance performance and dance as a common human language (The rEvolve Method); and designing conversations in leadership for a flourishing global society and ecology.
Routinely travelling internationally, building a network of contributors, dancers, theatre-makers, environmentalists, and peacemakers, until the COVID pandemic, I am returning to building a local dance performance group (Beautiful Chaos) in Cairns, NQ, Australia.

EMBODIED PRACTICES

I have been practicing physiotherapy since 1981. He's gotten to see a few things about the the nature of the human form and its movement.
In 2011, I was drawn to dance, contemporary forms, and, in particular artistic and experimental work. I have since facilitated community classes with adults of various capabilities including performances with rural men and women from which I have now designed a facilitator training program, rEvolve

COMMUNITY & CONTRIBUTION

Our network of conversations is the most important factor in our wellbeing. Community doesn't just happen. It requires leadership. Community leaders abound in all sorts of communities. They create the communities through insight, invite, and support. For many of us community might seem like a struggle. It takes some transformation of ourselves as leaders to meet community with ease.
From 1994 - 2009, I sat on committees and boards or national rural health organisations to advance the health of rural residents in Australia. I completed a postgraduate diploma of rural and remote health through James Cook University in 1998. More recently, I completed the Being a Leader Course of the Erhard-Jensen Initiative in Cancun, Mexico, October 2018, in order to advance my contribution that 'The World is Dancing'.
In 2019, I took the rEvolve method of inclusive community dance training and performative design on tour through the USA and to the International Conference for Movement and Cognition, Tel Aviv. 

DOCUMENTORY

As part of his vision to bring dance and leadership to the world, Owen documents his work on a youtube channel. You will find links to these through the relevant pages on this website.