Award winning choreographer Luke Murphy brings his stunning solo The Milkyboy Kid to Limerick for the first-time this November.
The piece looks at the chameleon-like nature of performers and performance and his own blurred lines of fiction and reality. The Milkyboy Kid is a stripped down exploration of character, archetype, expectation and fantasy and the portrayal or pursuit of ones own identity both on and off stage.
Inspired by the notion of the one man band performance, Luke pairs back to bring the audience into the melancholy world of a lone performer, robbed of his company, his finances, his tricks and his tactics, giving it all he’s got in an evening of figuring out what hes got to give.
Through a mixture of storytelling, film and his own virtuostic physicality Luke examines relationships between who you are, who you want to be and who you pretend to be and how nurishing one can obscure the other. Sometimes personal, sometimes profane Murphy uses his own questions, experiences and battles to explore the search for truth admist a life in fiction.
Quiet conversations quickly give way to explosive bursts of choreography, the violence and the vulnerability clashing like waves on rocks. Maybe “The Body Never Lies” (Martha Graham) but then again “If You Can Fake Sincerity You’ve Got it Made” (Grouchi Marx)… as the work continues a convoluted web of artist myths and audience expectations emerges. Maybe the fiction is all there is...
Luke will also host a Professional Morning Class on Wednesday 20 November, for more details click here.
Reviews of Luke Murphy's work -
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 **** - Mary Brennan, The Herald Scotland
His ability to be a quiet spoken storyteller coupled with his extraordinary skills in movement make for an engrossing hour of unusual but highly rewarding theatre. - Frank L, nomoreworkhorse.ie
It’s a deeply engaging and expertly controlled performance, sometimes charming and relaxed, sometimes pained and intense ****
- Michael Seaver, Irish Times
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
Through a combination of performance platforms, residency opportunities, master classes, talks and lectures, Dance Limerick will advocate for artistic dialogue and exchange. In collaboration with dance artists across a range of practices, Dance Limerick will promote the creation of new and innovative work and will devise programmes of access, engagement and participation for the wider public.
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