“theatre du pif operates at the cutting edge of modern theatre”
“The most innovative and cross-culturally aware theatre company in Hong Kong”
Theatre du Pif is a leading Hong Kong theatre company known for its cross-cultural heritage and bilingual productions performing in Cantonese, English or both. Using a workshop and devising process as well as collaborations with dramaturges and artists from other disciplines, they orchestrate movement, text and visual images to produce productions acclaimed both for their power and their poetry. Besides creating new productions, they have also run a wide range of educational and community outreach programmes in Hong Kong and the UK.
Bonni is the Co-Artistic Director of Theatre du Pif. She graduated from the Hong Kong Academy of Ballet and went on to study acting at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, winning the Best Actress of the Year award for three consecutive years. After graduating, she joined the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre and performed in a number of productions. In 1991 she moved to London to study with various teachers, and in 1992 founded Theatre du Pif with Sean Curran. Since returning to Hong Kong in 1995, she has continued to devise and direct all of Theatre du Pif's original productions. She was voted Best Actress at the Hong Kong Drama Awards for her roles in Fish Heads and Tales - A Tender War and The Oak Tree - An Odyssey. She is also a professional Feldenkrais practitioner.
Sean studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and with Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He is the founder and Co-Artistic Director of Theatre du Pif and he has devised and performed in most of the company productions. In 2010 he won the Outstanding Leading Actor award at the Hong Kong Theatre Libre Awards for his role in David Harrower’s play Knives in Hens. He performed the role of narrator in Samson Young’s new composition Such Sweet Thunder in collaboration with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta at the 2018 Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Sean is also a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and he has led many workshops and classes for performers in Asia, Europe, Canada and South America. He also teaches voice and movement, and the Feldenkrais Method at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In recent years his work has extended beyond the theatre, including teaching voice and communication skills to business executives, and The Feldenkrais Method to teachers, social workers and people in recovery from cancer.
In collaboration with the West Kowloon Cultural District Sean recently curated The Foundations of Performance - A series of workshops and conversations designed to bring together artists from different fields to exchange experience and inspiration.