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Luke Murphy
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Luke Murphy

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 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 projects with Jonah Bokaer, John Kelly, Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Heidi Latsky , Sean Curran, Dusan Tynek and Janis Brenner.


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 as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival.  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, Dance Limerick, The Kelly Strayhorn Theatre and The Dragon's Egg. Individual commissions include, original works for Maiden Voyage Dance Company, Step Up Project at the University of Limerick and Point Park University. 


In 2014 Luke was awarded the inaugural DanceIreland Residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre where he began preliminary historical research for Triumph and Trauma. He began choreographic research as a 2014 Bessie Schoneberg Resident at The Yard, Martha’s Vineyard.


Luke trained at the Legat School in East Sussex and Point Park University in Pittsburgh where we earned a BFA in 2009.


Associate Artists

  • Carlye Eckert [Drenched  2012]
  • David Fishel [Video Designer: Drenched 2012]
  • Ching I Chang [Research for Wake 2011]
  • Phil Atkins [Wake 2011, Icarus 2013, Triumph and Trauma 2014]
  • Cassie Shafer [Sacred and Profane 2010, Repeat Play 2010]
  • Emily Diers [Research for Wake 2011]
  • Ian Spring [Sacred and Profane 2010]
  • Natalie Mackessy [Repeat Play 2010]
  • Christian Fredrickson [Composer: Fragile Ghosts 2013]
  • Leslie Kraus [Icarus 2013, Triumph and Trauma 2014]
  • Adam Wile [Research for Icarus 2013]
  • Peter Chamberlin [Icarus 2013, Research for Triumph and Trauma 2014]
  • Hope Davis [Photographer: Drenched 2012, Icarus 2013]
  • Micheal Wall [Composer: Icarus 2013]


“A brilliantly orchestrated, inescapable assault on the senses. Imagine falling headfirst into a massive shredder along with every famous romantic Hollywood movie scene you've surely witnessed and some you haven't (and toss in a bit of porn) with visual projections, viscerally loud and reverberating music and audio clips of dialogue, overlapping and coming at you from various directions, and often intense, rambunctious dancing by this irrepressible pair. Its funny and not a little disturbing and frightening, too.”----Eva Yaa Asentewaa- Infinite Body Blog  July 6th 2013

“Not only is Drenched beautiful, it also has moments of humor and lightheartedness. Previous performances of this dance piece have received rave reviews. Hailing from Cork City, Ireland, Murphy is a fantastic young choreographer. Simple, emotional, and athletic, his work is relatable to anyone who has experienced a conflict between what media and society tells us love should look like, and the sometimes more unpredictable, less romantic reality. Drenched also appeals to anyone who appreciates beautiful movement and dance theater.--- Simona Rabinovitch- Gotham Magazine June 26th 2013 

“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 23 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- Sept 24 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 years festival”--- Roberta Bagnali- Sipario Magazine (translated from the Italian) Sept 23 2012

 "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 rooms 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 Murphy's Driftwood sees a groovy cool dude forced into taking new steps in the wake of a disaster – which Murphy does with tellingly intense physicality." "****"--- Mary Brennan, The Herald Scotland Aug 7th 2012

"an interesting and diverse program powerfully and passionately performed." "****"---Stewart McLaren. Aug 6th 2012

 “His athleticism is impressive, but his comfort with bringing emotion into his work, without drama, is even more inspiring…Simple gestures combined with incredibly concise yet fluid floor work gave the phrasing a meditative quality…Murphy’s work is not to be missed.”---- Adrienne Totino. The Dance Examiner July 8 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 of New York Post- June 8th 2012

 “Point Park University graduate Luke Murphy also returned (for the third time) with a solo where he was very cool yet hadn't lost the social conscien ce 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 17 2011



 “His bold and unapologetic look at what it means to be a celebrity in our day and age left the audience hushed. He combined the delicate air of modern release technique with video and projected images- The piece reminded us why we were at the theatre”----Adriene Totino, Pittsburgh Dance Examiner May 2010

“Murphy showed a keen intelligence and daring in his Jonestown inspired work on faith and spirituality”
- Jane Vranish Pittsburgh Post Gazette May 2009

“Luke Murphy used news reel footage of the Jonestown Massacre in his heart wrenching, ultra modern, 'The Sacred and Profane'”
- Candice Arnold New Pittsburgh Courier Online May 2009

“Luke Murphy's 'Synaesthesia' showed maturity of thought in his interpretation of the title 'a harmony of different opposing impulses produced by a work of art'. Most interesting was the chunky phrasing, creating its own rhythmic overlay...Our senses are becoming anesthetized by an environment crowded with light and noise”
- Jane Vranish Pttsburgh Post Gazette April 2008

“Luke Murphy's corportate stressfull. 'That Success With a White Picket Fence' had its own merit in terms of quality of thoughtfulness and a solid point of view”
-Jane Vranish Pittsburgh Post Gazette September 2007

“Luke Murphy's dancers reverberated like the bells in his gamelan score and often peeled off movement like the painterly title of his intelligent work 'Palimpsest'”
- Jane Vranish Pittsburgh Post Gazette April 2007