The Milkyboy Kid
Award-winning Irish choreographer Luke Murphy returns to NYC with "The Milkyboy Kid", a new one-man show on the chameleon nature of performers and performance and his own blurred lines of fiction and reality. "The Milkyboy Kid" brings the audience into the melancholy world of a lone performer: robbed of his company, his finances, his tricks and his tactics, he's giving it all he's got in an evening of figuring out what he's got to give.
Through a mixture of storytelling, film and Murphy's own virtuosic physicality "The Milkyboy Kid" examines relationships between who you are, who you want to be and who you pretend to be. Maybe "the body never lies" (Martha Graham) but then again "if you can fake sincerity, you've got it made" (Groucho Marx). Maybe the fiction is all there is.
"Murphy's fierce, fine solo is full of that hapless schism between past and present and though there's humour in what he shows, there's an ache too, in being your own man.
**** (4 stars)"
- Mary Brennan; The Herald, Scotland Aug 26 2016 (for Your Own Man/Mad Notions)
"The Milkyboy Kid" is presented in partnership with FailSafe Festival. Supported by the Guest Artist program of The Performance Project @ University Settlement.
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Originally from Cork City, Ireland, Luke Murphy is a choreographer and performer creating original works across Ireland and internationally. Working across the mediums of dance, theatre, film, installation and site specific performance, Murphy has created six evening-length works for his company, Attic Projects (Drenched, 2012; Icarus, 2013; Your Own Man/Mad Notions, 2015; On Triumph and Trauma, 2016; The Dust We Raised, 2017; Ex Caelo, 2018). Additionally, Murphy curates and directs the Catch8 workshop series, Ireland's only professional workshop festival. He is working towards the opening of a new residency centre in West Cork, Ireland.
Murphy is a 2018 DanceIreland Associate Artist and received a 2016 NEFA National Dance Project Touring Award. He has been supported through commissions and residencies from Arts Council of Ireland, Cork City Council, CultureIreland, Tribeca Performing Arts Center (AIR 2011-2013), Duo Multicultural Arts Center (AIR 2012-2013), University of Limerick, Dance Limerick, The Kelly Strayhorn Theatre, The Dragon's Egg, The Bessie Schoenberg Residency at The Yard, Firkin Crane, Foundation For Contemporary Arts, Irish Arts Centre, Pavillion Theatre, and Tyrone Guthrie Centre among others.
Select performance work includes: Ultima Vez (2014 - 2018, In Spite of Wishing and Wanting, Spiritual Unity, Booty Looting); Punchdrunk (2009 - 2017, Sleep No More - Original cast member in Boston, New York, Shanghai; The Drowned Man - London), Kate Weare Company (2011 - 2014), Pavel Zustiak Palissimo Company (2011 - 2013), and Martha Clarke (2010 - 2011, Angel Reapers).
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. Working across the platforms of dance, theatre, film and installation Attic Projects encourages imagination, challenges expectation and seeks new ideas to provoke new conversations. With a visceral, physical language at its heart, Attic Projects produces bold, contemporary works finding the universal within the deeply personal.
FailSafe Festival is a five-day festival of live performance, taking place in the Times Square/Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. FailSafe Festival provides a space for artists to push beyond what they consider "safe" to present, giving them an opportunity to show work that may not have a home elsewhere. In its inaugural year of 2017, FailSafe Festival presented work from eleven artists and organizations, and welcomed over 400 audience members to partake in dance, theater, and music for adventurous theatergoers.
The Performance Project @ University Settlement:
The Performance Project answers the call to mentor, encourage, and diversify our art makers, leaders, educators and students. University Settlement is a 130 year-old cultural kitchen that is deeply rooted in our community, and the arts are represented across our entire body of work. Our creative community development approach fosters a sense of belonging, reciprocity and possibility for creative leaders from all walks of life at every stage in their development. Through our series of cutting-edge theater, music, dance and performance art events presented in a welcoming environment at little to no cost, we aim to break down barriers and build community among the diverse groups that call the Lower East Side their home.
Speyer Hall at University Settlement (View)
184 Eldridge st.
NY, NY 10002
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