New Associate Artist: Luke Murphy

Dance Ireland is delighted to announce the appointment of Luke Murphy as Associate Artist for 2018. 

The Associate Artist Programme complements Dance Ireland’s ongoing work of supporting dance artists through professional development opportunities, residencies, mentorships, platforms and practical supports which facilitate the development of all forms of dance in Ireland today. 

Luke becomes Dance Ireland's ninth Associate Artist and joins: Aoife McAntamney, Maria Nilsson Waller, Emma Martin, Liv O’Donoghue, Philip Connaughton, Patricia Crosbie, Catherine Young and Liam Scanlon.

For Paul Johnson, Dance Ireland Chief Executive, 'Luke joins a significant and innovative cohort of fellow Associate Artists, all of whom are making a huge difference to the dance landscape.
We are particularly delighted to welcome Luke to the Dance Ireland family at this exciting time in our history. As everyone knows, we are in the latter stages of developing our first Strategy, and anticipate a number of significant developments to emerge in the coming year. In the meantime, we look forward to working with Luke and his collaborators in the year ahead on his very focused and considered programme of work, which straddles periods of critical reflection, studio r&d, curation, teaching and touring, in addition to networking at home and abroad.'

Cork born Luke Murphy, is a choreographer and performer based between Brussels, Cork and New York. He has danced with Ultima Vez since 2014 touring internationally in In Spite of Wishing and Wanting, Booty Looting and Spiritual Unity and with Punchdrunk since 2009, performing leading roles in Sleep No More in Boston, New York City and Shanghai, as well as The Drowned Man in London. He has danced in the companies of Martha Clarke, Kate Weare, Pavel Zuštiak, John Scott and in projects with John Kelly, Jonah Bokaer and Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

Luke’s own work has been supported by various commissions, awards and residencies including the Arts Council, Cork City Council, Culture Ireland, New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project, Kaatsbaan International Dance Centre, Pavilion Theatre, Dance Ireland, Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Irish Arts Centre NYC, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Dance Limerick, Dance Base Edinburgh, Tribeca Performing Arts Centre. He has created five evening length works: Drenched (2012), Icarus (2013), Your Own Man/Mad Notions (2015), On Triumph and Trauma (2016) and most recently The Dust We Raised, which was presented in Cork and Dublin earlier this year. 

Luke founded Attic Projects in 2014 as an umbrella for his various independent projects in dance, film and theatre. Luke is the producer and curator The Catch8 Workshop Series (Cork) and is currently working toward the opening of a new dance residency centre in County Cork.

Luke trained at Point Park University, Pennsylvania, where he earned his BFA in Dance and English in 2009 and University of Chichester where he earned an MA in Choreography in 2017.

As an Associate Artist of Dance Ireland, Luke has planned a wide ranging programme including working on a publication; teaching, research & developemnt and residencies at DanceHouse; touring his current work The Dust We Raised plus working on an international masterclass workshop week (Catch8) in June as part of Cork Midsummer Festival.  

On his appointment as an Assoicate Artist, Luke is  '​delighted to be joining DanceIreland as Associate Artist for 2018, the opportunity allows me to enter new territory in my practice and engage in a really exciting and diverse programme of projects. Its a rare thing to be supported across  the full breath of your practice and I'm very excited to be able to work through my various strands of interest in dance; from teaching to  creation, from curation to writing. I really look forward developing my practice and engaging further with Irish dance community in whats sure to be a very exciting and very busy year.'