The work of Choreographer Russell Maliphant is characterised by a unique flow and energy and an ongoing exploration of the relationship between movement, light and music.
A deep interest in sculpture has always been present as an inspiration for the body in light.
Working closely with pioneering Lighting Designer Michael Hulls, these ideas continue to be developed and explored.
As a dancer he trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet Company.
In 1988 he left to pursue a career in Independent dance working with companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre, Michael Clark & Company, Laurie Booth and Rosemary Butcher.
He has studied anatomy, physiology and bio-mechanics, became certified as a practitioner of the Rolfing Method of Structural Integration in 1994, subsequently informing both his teaching and choreographic vocabulary.
He formed Russell Maliphant Company in 1996 which seeks to integrate and explore elements from a diverse range of techniques including classical ballet, contact improvisation, yoga, capoeira, tai chi and chi gung. In addition to working with his own company of project based dancers he has also set works on renowned companies and artists including: Sylvie Guillem, Robert Lepage, Lyon Opera Ballet, The Batsheva Ensemble and The Ballet Boyz.
The recipient of several arts and dance awards including:
Two Olivier Awards, Critics Circle National Dance Award, Time Out Live Award and a South Bank Show Award.
In 2011 Russell was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Plymouth.