Luke Murphy

Originally from Cork City, Luke is a performer and choreographer based between Cork, New York and Brussels. Luke is a Dance Ireland HATCH Award recipient for 2021.

Originally from Cork City, Luke is a performer/ writer/ director and choreographer working across various mediums in Europe, the UK and USA. He holds a BFA in Dance from Point Park University (Pittsburgh, USA) and an MA in Choreography from University of Chichester (UK).

Luke has danced with Ultima Vez from 2014-2018 touring internationally in productions of In Spite of Wishing and Wanting, Booty Looting and Spiritual Unity and Punchdrunk since 2009, performing leading roles in the original casts of The Third Day-Autumn (HBO/Sky TV 2020) Sleep No More in Shanghai (‘16-‘18), New York City (’11-‘15) as well as productions of The Drowned Man in London and Sleep No More in Boston. In addition, he has danced in the companies of Martha Clarke, Kate Weare and Pavel Zustiak, and in projects with Liz Roche, Clare Langan, Ben Duke, Alexandra Waierstall, John Kelly, John Scott, Luca Silvestrini, Jonah Bokaer and Bill T Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company.  

Luke founded Attic Projects in 2014 as an umbrella for his various independent projects in dance, film and theatre.  His own work has been supported by various commissions, awards and residencies internationally including Arts Council of Ireland, Cork City Council, CultureIreland, New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project, Kaatsbaan International Dance Centre, Pavilion Theatre, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Irish Arts Centre, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, DanceLimerick, DanceBase Edinburgh, Tribeca Performing Arts Centre, DanceNow Silo Kirkland Farm, Tanz Tendendz Munich, b12 Berlin, Kings College London and others. He has created and performed eleven evening length works throughout Ireland, Germany, UK and USA (Drenched 2012, Icarus 2013, Your Own Man/Mad Notions 2015, On Triumph and Trauma 2016, The Dust We Raised 2017 ExCaelo 2018 The Milkyboy Kid 2018, Carnivore 2019, Villains 2019, Clouds and Boulders: Mapping Terrain 2020, Volcano 2021). 

Luke is the director and curator of the Catch8 Workshop Series, he is founding member of Cork Dance Initiative and is currently dance curator at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre. He is delighted to sit on the board of directors at Firkin Crane, Cork since 2020. 

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