Luke Murphy
Dance Artist in Residence, West Cork 2021

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Center is delighted to welcome Luke Murphy as our new Dance Artist in Residence. Luke will be our fourth dance artist to be awarded this role, supported by the Arts Council and in partnership with Cork County Council (Tara Brandel 2015-16; Helga Deasy 2017-18; and Mairead Vaughan 2019-20).

Since 2015 the Dance Artist in Residence Programme at Uillinn has enabled opportunities for the people of West Cork to have access to, and engagement with contemporary dance practice of excellence.

 ‘As an artist with a deeply rooted connection to both Cork city and county it has been a consistent part of my practice to consider the needs and habits of local audiences. Working in a form based in abstraction, without a long history nationally, I believe that working to build audiences and increase exposure to contemporary dance, beyond the metropolitan centre and the core national festival programmes throughout the country, is crucial to the development of vibrant ecology for dance to develop and flourish nationally.’ Luke Murphy

This year’s programme will focus on four core strands: a performance platform, a partnership presentation programme, research commissions and studio research. As part of Luke’s Performance Platform we look forward to welcoming guest artists including Deirdre Griffin, Kevin Coquelard and Liz Roche amongst others.

Kevin Coquelard Commissioned Dance Residency at Uillinn 14 to 25 June 2021. In collaboration with West Cork Chamber Music Festival, and as part of Luke Murphy Dance Artist in Residence, Uillinn commissioned Kevin Coquelard to explore the relationship between music and dance. Kevin chose to work with musicians, Kate Ellis and Caihim Gilmore and in this conversation with Luke, Kevin unpicks the process that took place and explores future possibilities.

Uillinn Dance Film Season as part of Uillinn Dance Season 2021
Curated and hosted by Luke Murphy
Saturday 23 October 8:00pm, book your tickets using the link above

Presented in partnership with Fastnet Film Festival, this live screening of Dance Film shorts, curated and hosted by Luke Murphy, includes work from his own dance company Attic Projects, along with films by Irish artists Junk Ensemble and Orla McCarthy, and international artists Kelly Ashton Todd, German Jauregui and Laura Aris. A discussion following the screening invites the audience to consider the changing relationship between audience and performer.

Originally from Cork City, Luke is a performer / writer / director and choreographer working across various mediums in Europe, the UK and USA. Luke is the producer and programming director of The Catch8 Workshop Series in Cork City. He 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.

Luke founded Attic Projects in 2014 as an umbrella for his various independent projects in dance, film and theatre. Luke’s work has been supported by various commissions, awards and residencies internationally including the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon; Cork City Council; Culture Ireland; 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; Dance Limerick; Dance Base: Scotland’s National Theatre for Dance; Tribeca Performing Arts Centre, New York; Dance Now Silo New York; Tanz Tendendz, Munich; b12 Berlin and others. He has created and performed ten dance performance works throughout Ireland, Germany, UK and USA including several that have featured at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre - Your Own Man / Mad Notions (2015); On Triumph and Trauma (2016); The Dust We Raised (2017); The Milkyboy Kid (2018) and most recently Carnivore, which was developed during a residency at Uillinn in 2019.




WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council in making these residencies possible.

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