New Movements: Luke Murphy

Sat 4 Aug 2018
16:00 - 17:00

DI Associate Luke Murphy will present work he has created while in residence with Dance Ireland.

Using conversation and comment threads from online forums- the work constructs three narratives of super heroes, their everyday alter egos and their greatest foes. 

The work examines Media, Celebrity and Authority. Using parallel narratives of everyday people and their animated super hero alter egos, the research looks at our current social and political climate and the practice of public condemnation, dialogues of aggression and extreme and immovable opinion. 

Guided by the muddled and fragmented texts of online argument, tweeting and social media commentary- the work will create a series of episodic story pieces both familiar and strangely out of context. In a world where everything is bigger and better we embrace the chaos to look through the lens of today’s blockbuster storytelling - Our daily lives and their challenges transformed into a summer superhero extravaganza. 

Each story examines one aspect of our lives- the story of the victim and the villain becomes the hero and the villain or does the villain become the victim? Are the media our friends or foes? Should we trust or feel threatened by the authority of police? Do celebrities deserve our devotion and does our devotion justify our condemnation?

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 was '​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.' 

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