Luke Murphy: The 2019 CIACLA Dance Residency

Contemporary Irish Arts Centre Los Angles & Dance Ireland are proud to announce Luke Murphy as the recipient of The 2019 CIACLA Dance Residency. Through this residency CIACLA and Dance Ireland will provide the awardee a space to devise, rehearse and showcase new work in Los Angeles.


CIACLA promotes Contemporary Irish Culture and supports local diverse communities through a multidisciplinary programme, in collaboration with local and international cultural partnerships. CIACLA is focused on developing a creative platform to support and challenge artists as a means of promoting creative innovation and collaborative initiatives in Los Angeles. 

Through a program focused on public engagement, CIACLA showcases multidisciplinary contemporary art projects that engage with local communities and interrupt the vision of what ‘Ireland’ is.

CIACLA operates as a creative hub for Irish and local partners to showcase their activities; through a programme that aims to support work that is new, experimental and unrestricted. CIACLA facilitates collaborative events with local artists and cultural partners while also showcasing artists, curators and institutions based in Ireland.

Fluctuating between incubation and activation, CIACLA hosts exhibitions, events, residencies, collaborative projects and professional practice workshops to support networking and outreach opportunities for both local and Irish artists within the Californian arts community.

About Luke Murphy

Originally from Cork City, Luke is a performer and choreographer based between Cork, New York and Brussels and a Dance Ireland Associate Artist. Luke has danced with Ultima Vez since 2014 touring internationally in productions of In Spite of Wishing and Wanting, Booty Looting andSpiritual Unity and Punchdrunk since 2009, performing leading roles in the original casts of Sleep No More in Shanghai (‘16-‘17), 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, Pavel Zustiak and in projects with John Kelly, John Scott, Jonah Bokaer, Erik Hawkins Dance Company and Bill T Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company.​Luke’s 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, Cork County Council, Tipperary Dance Platform, Tribeca Performing Arts Centre, Duo Multicultural Arts Centre and others.

He has created and performed four evening length works throughout Ireland, UK and USA (Drenched 2012, Icarus 2013, Your Own Man/Mad Notions 2015, On Triumph and Trauma 2016).Luke founded Attic Projects in 2014 as an umbrella for his various independent projects in dance, film and theatre. Luke is the producer and director of The Catch8 Workshop Series in Cork City.​Attic Projects is Company-In-Residence at Firkin Crane where Luke also serves as Dancer in Residence for Cork.Luke trained at Point Park University where he earned his BFA in Dance and English in 2009 and University of Chichester where he earned an MA in Choreography in 2017.


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