U.S. Premiere Dance Theater

On Triumph and Trauma

Luke Murphy/Attic Projects

Saturday, June 11, 8 pm

Callan Theatre, Catholic University of America


 This is a provocative new multidisciplinary dance theater work which emerges in the wake of the centennial anniversary of the 1916 Rising. At once a poetic dedication to a turning point in the nation’s history and a rigorous examination of what Irish identity, politics and nationalism means today, On Triumph and Trauma explores the heroes and demons of our past and, in the light of the economic collapse, the fraught uncertainty of our future.

Choreographed, designed and directed by Corkonian, Luke Murphy's On Triumph and Trauma is co-commissioned by The Yard, IAC and Pavilion Theatre (through the Emerging Artist Bursary Award 2015), with additional funding from Cork City Council 2015 Project Award.

With a striking visual landscape and an exceptional international cast including Eric Jackson Bradley, Zach McNally and Lily Ockwell, On Triumph and Trauma takes the audience through a unique and enveloping experience of theatre, dance and film to discover the quiet humanity behind our nation’s mythic origin.

Co-commissioned by The Yard, Irish Arts Centre and Pavilion Theatre (though a 2015Emerging Artist Bursary Award) with additional funding from a 2015 Cork City Council Project Award. On Triumph and Trauma was created through creative residencies at The Dragon's Egg, AnSanctoir a Next Stage Residency at the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre, Pittsburgh and an Upstream Residency at Kaatsbaan International Dance Centre, Tivoli, NY. Production of On Triumph and Trauma was made possible through production and administrative support from Firkin Crane Cork as 2015-2016 Company In Residence. Touring of On Triumph and Trauma is supported by CultureIreland as part of the International Culture Programme to celebrate Ireland 2016 and a New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project Touring Award.

About Attic Projects

Founded in 2014, Attic Projects operates as a producer, incubator and facilitator of projects across the platforms of dance, theatre, film and installation, The Company encourages imagination, challenges expectation and seeks out new ideas to provoke fresh conversation. With a visceral, physical language at its heart, Attic Projects produces bold, new, contemporary works finding the universal within the deeply personal.

About Luke Murphy
Originally from Cork City, Luke is a performer and choreographer based between New York City, Brussels and Ireland.
Luke has worked 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.
His own work has been presented throughout New York, Ireland and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His first evening length work Drenchedpremiered 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, his third evening length work Your Own Man/Mad Notions premiered at Dance Limerick Febuary 2015 and was the winner of the Little Gem Award at the 2015 Dublin Fringe Festival.