Founded in 2014 by choreographer and performer, Luke Murphy, Attic Projects operates as a producer, incubator and facilitator of projects in a range of mediums. With its core values in movement based work Attic Projects extends past the traditional dance company model to allow and encourage artistic imagination to extend in every organic direction and facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and multidisciplinary projects to emerge, evolve and flourish.
While maintaining a focus on movmenet based work and holding the importance of pushing the context of contrmporary dance performance in new directions, Attic Projects aims to engage in a range of projects from the creation and production of new contemporary dance theatre works and beyond to the mediums of film, documentary, photography, installation and advocacy.
Attic Projects is dedicated to the empowerment of artists, the sustainability of artistic practice and the fundamental importance of artistic expression.
Originally from Cork City, Ireland, Luke is a performer and choreographer based between New York City and Ireland. Luke has been working with Punchdrunk since 2009 in productions of 'Sleep No More' in Boston and New York and ‘The Drowned Man’ in London, in addition he currently dances with the Belgian company, Ultima Vez in ‘Booty Looting’. Past engagements include Martha Clarke’s 'Angel Reapers' ('10-'11), Kate Weare Company (’11-’13), Pavel Zustiak's Palissimo Company (‘11-‘13) Erik Hawkins Dance Company (‘09-‘11) as well as performing in special projects with Jonah Bokaer, John Kelly, Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Heidi Latsky, Sean Curran, John Scott's IMDT and many others..
His own work has been presented throughout New York, Ireland and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His first evening length work Drenched premiered at the Absolut Fringe Festival in 2012 and toured throughout the U.S. In June 2013 he premiered his second evening, Icarus at the Cork Midsummer Festival. His third evening Your Own Man/Mad Notions premiered at DanceLimerick in Feb 2015. He has been supported through commissions and residencies from Arts Council of Ireland, CultureIreland, DancIreland, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Duo Multicultural Arts Center, University of Limerick, DanceLimerick, The Kelly Strayhorn Theatre, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Bessie Schoenberg Residency at the Yard and The Dragon's Egg. In addition he has been commissioned to create works on numerous other companies, projects and university departments including Maiden Voyage Dance Company for which his work Fragile Ghosts represented Dance in Northern Ireland at British Dance Edition in 2014, Company 10HL in New York.
Collaborators Past and Present
"Murphy's dance-making can match sharp words with edgy moves any day. There is edited pace and clean lines in Eckert and Murphy's passionate, full force body exchange and their lifts, body wraps, floor tussles are handled with a mesmeric control, equally as arresting as anything on screen. Star rating: ****"
-Seonna Mac Reamoinn, Irish Theatre Magazine, Sept 23rd 2012.
"The performances themselves are strong enough to take all of the irony bound up in the multimedia and pitch it against something creatively solid and engaging. Very little is left unexplored- the dance builds to a vigorous crescendo, creating striking imagery along the way. ****"
- Sinead Finnegan, Entertainment.ie, Sept 24th 2012.
"A movement to Luke Murphy and
his dancer Carlye Eckert, high quality athletic, masterfully designed,
vibrant tones that unexpectedly enchant the eyes of the audience. A
play set in a well-articulated poetic tale...One of the finest
performances of this year's festival!"
- Adrienne Totino, The Dance Examiner, July 8th 2012.
--- also listed as #3 in the top productions of the year in Pittsburgh by the same reviewer:-"3. "Drenched" by Luke Murphy: The Kelly Strayhorn Theater hosted Murphy, a Point Parkgraduate who now splits his time between NYC and his native Ireland. This honest and beautiful duet about romantic relationships impressed me with its heavy dose of realism, at times hilarious, but mostly moving." "A powerful strength coupled with intricate attention to detail in movement made this show stand out. An emotional performance through movement with music and background speech adding to the effect. Dealing with the destructive nature of natural disasters, Luke gets the room's undivided attention as he expresses himself through dance. This was a truly mesmerising show.*****"
- Bethany Pochin, Three Weeks Edinburgh Magazine, Aug 11th 2012. "Driftwood adds a cheeky humour and poignancy..Driftwood is the show for those who say they don't like dance: it kicks off in the disco - Luke Murphy is hilariously uncomfortable strutting his stuff, until the training asserts itself and he throws down a groove. Suddenly disaster strikes, he tumbles and the remainder of the show has him struggle to rescue the personality that only moments before was a fool on the dance floor. An evocative spoken word interlude, reflections on childhood, the spectre of natural disasters. It's like a short twenty minute essay on identity in the face of nature's immensity, and an object lesson on the power of choreography to express grand ideas in a small time and space."
- Gareth K Vile, The Vile Blog, 8th Aug 2012. "Murphy presents a personal work, a fearless solo piece of physical theatre. Completely investing, both physically and through his presence he gives us an emotive performance exploring the power of vivid memories. ****"
- Jo Turbitt, Across The Arts, Aug 8th 2012. "Luke works seemingly with everybody (Kate Weare, Martha Clarke, Pavel Zustiak, Sleep No More) - his amazing twitchy movement quality makes it unsurprising that he's one of the current most busy dancers."
- Leigh Witchell, New York Post - June 8th, 2012
"Luke Murphy also returned (for the third time) with a solo where he was very cool yet hadn't lost the social conscience he has always displayed. His theatrical sensibilities have become more contemporary and more profound as he works his way through a career in New York and Ireland.
In a way, his career seemed to be moving parallel to the growth of NewMoves -- onward and upward."
- Jane Vranish, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, May 18th 2011