Russell Maliphant

Russel Maliphant received his training at the Royal Ballet School in London. After earning his degree, he was accepted to the Sadler’s Well Royal Ballet Company but soon started an independent career.

He has worked with some of the world‘s most important dance companies, for example the DV8 Physical Theater, Michael Clark Company, Laurie Booth and Rosemary Butcher. He has furthermore studied anatomy, physiology and bio mechanics. He particularly examined the Rolfing Method of Structural Integration, a complementary medicine treatment, which has had great impact on his work as a dance instructor and choreographer.

Russell Maliphant created his first solo piece in 1992. Since 1994 he has worked closely with lighting designer Michael Hulls; together they have established a style in which movement and light form a close intertwining. For his artistic ideas to be freely realized he founded his own ensemble in 1996, the Russell Maliphant Company. The company distinguishes itself by combining different languages of movement from various dance styles such as classical ballet, contact improvisation, yoga, capoeira, tai chi and chi gong. Maliphant has not only created works for his own ensemble, but also for other artists and companies. These include Sylvie Guillem, Robert Lepage, The Ballet Boyz, the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Ricochet Dance Company, CobosMika, the Batsheva Ensemble and the Ballet de Lorraine.

His awards include the South Bank Dance Award, the Olivier Award as well as the Critic’s Circle National Dance Award for Best Choreography. Since 2005, Russell Maliphant is an associate artist to Sadler’s Wells, London.

Russell Maliphant beim Beethovenfest





7:30 pm

‘Gods and Dogs’

  • Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon
  • Quatuor Arlequin
  • Jiří Kylián choreography, decor, musical concept
  • Kees Tjebbes light
  • Dag Haugerud video
  • Cecile Semec video
  • Tatsuo Unemi computer controlled projection
  • Daniel Bisig computer controlled projection
  • Joke Visser costumes
  • Russell Maliphant choreography
  • Lee Curran light
  • Stevie Stewart costumes
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