Phoenix Functions


Owen is a movement expert. His work incorporates over 30 years of experience in physiotherapy; somatic training; community theatre, children festivals, youth leadership training, and contemporary dance, with children, youth and adults of all ages, abilities or disabilities.

Phoenix Functions was established by Owen Allen in 2008, in Atherton, Qld, Australia, to explore transformative conversations in the community through creativity. This work has dovetailed with his professional work as a physiotherapist through movement arts and contemporary dance. Dance theatre creates special conditions for transformation through its work with the body and creative teams in a social environment.

Through rEvolve, as of 2016, Owen offers a training and support program in inclusive contemporary dance theatre. This program gives your comunity dance theatre group the tools to provide anyone over the age of 11 years, access to dance work, and design performances, as part of an Australia wide network of community dancers.

Through Reify,Owen brings his experience in rural health organisation and activism, theatre, contemporary dance, children festivals, creative collaboration, and communication, to your community group or activist organisation projects. If you would like a lift or a breakthrough in your group's work, Owen provides a hands-on conversation to see your project come to fruition.


Change is inevitable. Transformation is power in change. Not just trying to make it better or fix it, but creating something completely new that works powerfully among the changing circumstances

Transformation can be thought of as something that exists, disappears, and something new, appears. See Philosophy

The work of Phoenix Functions is to assist, through theatre dance, and/or conversational play and strategy, looking at what actually exists, imagine what could exist, and encourage conversation around bringing something new into existence.

Through rEvolve and Reify, Owen's assistance of your transformative processes will lead to you making a significant contribution to the transformation of your community.

The Work

Phoenix Function events are characterised by:

  • Wonder, imagination and creativity;
  • Play;
  • Inclusivity (people of all capabilities and ages over 11years);
  • Empathic training or interactions;
  • Collaboration;
  • Performance

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