Award-winning Irish choreographer Luke Murphy (“Sleep No More” original cast member: Boston, New York, Shanghai) returns to NYC this November 9th and 10th with “The Milkyboy Kid”, a new one-man show on the chameleon nature of performers and performance, and Murphy's own blurred lines of fiction and reality.
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.
Sometimes personal, sometimes profane Murphy channels his own questions, battles, and experiences as he searches for truth amidst his life in fiction. Constantly transforming, Murphy becomes “The Milkyboy Kid”: the hero, the villain, the coward, the showman, the leader, and the child - each character emerging and dissipating as he struggles to find the right person to be.
"Anyone who has seen him can testify: Murphy's svelte and humble demeanour can instantly give way to warrior-like choreography... his self-examinations are best present in his explosive body" - broadwayworld.com
“The Milkyboy Kid” is presented in partnership with FailSafe Festival. Supported by the Guest Artist program of The Performance Project @ University Settlement.
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.
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.
$15 General Admission
Online ticket sales will end three hours prior to performance. Tickets will also be available to purchase at the venue starting one hour prior to show time. Cash only at the venue.