Russell has dedicated his life to the study of human transformation. He is deeply indebted to his more than 45 years of Zen meditation, movement awareness and the study of somatic psychology for his learning.
Personally trained by Moshé Feldenkrais from 1975 to 1978, Russell maintained a close personal relationship with Dr Feldenkrais until his death in 1984, and has helped train more than 2,500 Feldenkrais practitioners worldwide.
Russell is the founder of The Embodied Life TM School. His teaching is a deep integration of Sitting/Walking Meditation, Feldenkrais Movement and Embodied Inquiry that includes various awareness practices devoted to deep listening to self and others. Ten years ago, he created the Embodied Life Mentorship Program, which guides people deeply into these subjects and trains teachers in offering these skills to others.
Deep listening includes attending to the messages living in what he calls "the wisdom body". This means learning to listen to our physical bodies, feelings, thoughts and the world around us as an integrated whole.
Russell credits his 43 years of marriage and the raising of his daughter as the greatest teachers in his life.
Tim is a playwright, director and performer. He was an actor for many years before starting to write, and still performs in much of his work. His plays include My Arm, ENGLAND (a play for galleries), the OBIE award winning An Oak Tree, The Author, Adler & Gibb and (with Andy Smith) What Happens to the Hope at the End of the Evening. Tim tours his work nationally and internationally. He also writes for younger audiences. A series of plays inspired by Shakespeare’s lesser characters includes I, Malvolio and I, Peaseblossom. For the RSC Tim has directed The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear and I, Cinna (the poet) – all for young audiences. Other directing credits include Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore for the Unicorn Theatre and The Complete Deaths for Spymonkey. Tim is published by Oberon Books. He is currently under commission to Channel 4 and the Unicorn Theatre, where his latest play, Beginners, opens in early 2018.
Bonni Chan is the Co-Artistic Director of Theatre du Pif. She has acted in and directed most of the company productions and has won stage awards for both her acting and directing work. Bonni also teaches devising and acting and the Feldenkrais Method. She is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and has taught classes in Hong Kong and overseas for a wide range of groups including performers, teachers and people in recovery from cancer.
For more information on Theatre du Pif please visit www.thtdupif.com.
Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Theatre du Pif, Sean Curran has devised and performed in most of the company productions. Sean is a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and has led many workshops and classes for performers in Asia, Europe, Canada and South America. In recent years his work has extended beyond the theatre, including teaching the Feldenkrais Method to teachers, social workers and people in recovery from cancer.