Owen's work in contemporary dance began in 2011 with participation in a project with Jess Jones. Jess' facilitation model inspired Owen to design inclusive dance projects based on his own experience, as a physiotherapist working in movement training. Other mentors and inspirations for Owen are: Rebecca Youdell of BoneMap; Miriam Torzillo, Liz Lea Canberra Dance Theatre; Glen Murray, Eric Rose Jeffrey, for her work in Dance for Parkinsons Disease;; Michelle Ryan, Director, Restless; Sarah Leversee, Director, Art as Action; David McMicken Tracks Dance Company
Phoenix Functions is committed to that THE WORLD IS DANCING. The World is Dancing is about the building of contemporary dance groups for all the fantastic benefits of dance in every community including the transformative possibilities of dance for individuals, communities and culture. Why? So that in dance an authentic conversation occurs in the body and with the body, and culture of peace shows up. See Dance as Transformative Practice and drop by the Facebook Page
An aspiration of Owen is to see Dance as a contribution. There are numerous issues that require transformation in society, that dance could contribute.
Owen's particular interests are in two areas which seem to be associated with the male cultural attitudes, and which a cultural change such as men dancing as normal, may make a significant contribution:
Owen can create costumised participatory performance art pieces for functions. See Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser Dance.
Currently Owen is working on the design of a contemporary dance training program for rural communities, called rEvolve.
In 2016, Owen, with Theatre Maker, Sue Hayes and 5 other rural men, produced a physical theatre performance "The Forging of Men", using the rEvolve model.
The 2015 DANscieNCE was held during National Science Week in August, at QUT Kelvin Grove Campus.
Owen's submission to the National Rural Health Conference succeeded in the showcasing of mature aged dance in May 2015. In collaboration with David McMicken and the Grey Panthers of the Tracks Dance Company of Darwin, Australia, a moving multi-genre performance depicted the challenges of the rural lives of 6 older women. Documentation of the performance and presentation of "Darwin by Dance" and other aspects of the Conference is HERE