Catch8 Workshop Series 2021

Monday 22nd November to Friday 26th November 2021

Monday Morning 10am: Eddie Oroyan  

Monday Afternoon 2pm: Luke Murphy   

Tuesday Morning 10am: Eddie Oroyan   

Tuesday Afernoon 2pm: Ursula Robb   

Wednesday Morning 10am: Luke Murphy   

Wednesday Afternoon 2pm: Eddie Oroyan   

Thursday Morning 10am: Emma Martin   

Thursday Afternoon 2pm: Emma Martin   

Friday Morning 10am: James Finnemore  

Friday Afternoon 2pm: James Finnemore   

Booking fee online €1.50 per ticket, telephone booking fee €2.00 per ticket
Booking (021) 4507487 (Opening Hours 1pm – 4pm Tuesday to Friday) Email

Box Office will not be physically manned on Friday 19th November, all enquiries will be answered via email.

At Firkin Crane safety is our priority, and we are taking an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of all who come through our doors. In line with this we are asking everyone who has a ticket for a performance or professional training at Firkin Crane that they produce their Covid-19 vaccination certificate for scanning along with photographic identification on arrival at Firkin Crane.

About Catch 8 

An intensive programme of workshops focused on training and creation, as well as new opportunities for professional dancers.

Curated by Luke Murphy CATCH8 returns to Firkin Crane from its pandemic hiatus following sold out success from 2017-2019. 

The 2021 workshops take place Monday 22 November – Friday 26 November 2021 running in two sessions daily from 10.00am -1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm.

These masterclass workshops will be taught by leading national and international dance professionals: James Finnemore, Eddie Oroyan, Emma Martin, Ursula Robb and Luke Murphy. 

Booking is open until the intensive is fully booked. There is capacity for 15 participants.

COVID: All participants will be required to provide a Covid19 Digital Certificate prior to entry. Catch8 will also provide daily antigen tests to each participant which must be conducted onsite prior to the beginning of each day.

Please note: This is an intensive workshop series for professional dancers or students in the advanced stages of professional training. Prior to booking, please be aware of the Cancellation Policy.

The CATCH8 Workshop series is supported by a 2021 Arts Council of Ireland Arts Grant Award

Eddie Oroyan: born in Hawaii, Eddie has been dancing for Emanuel Gat Dance since 2017, in creations WORKS, STORYWATER, LOVETRAIN2020, and the recent premiere of ACT II & III. He worked with Ultima Vez for six years touring WHAT THE BODY DOES NOT REMEMBER, RADICAL WRONG, SPIRITUAL UNITY, and IN SPITE OF OF WISHING AND WANTING. Eddie also creates his own work though his small company, My Homeless Lover. More info on his personal research at

James Finnemore; as a dancer, James has extensive touring and performance experience through working with Hofesh Shechter Company, Carte Blanche, Olivier Dubois, Gary Clarke Company and Punchdrunk. Alongside this, James has taught at various institutions and dance companies, delivering workshops and re-staging Hofesh Shechter’s repertoire.

As a choreographer, James has developed and presented his own full length work, TERRA, through his associateship at The Point and as part of The Place’s Hot house project. Most recently, James was commissioned to begin research on a new work as part of Choreodrome.


Ursula Robb; born and raised in New Zealand where she trained, Ursula began her dance career with the Douglas Wright Dance Company and the Royal New Zealand Ballet (1990 -1995).

In 1995 she moved to Brussels and worked with Ultima Vez (1995 – 1997), then moved on to Rosas (1997 – 2004), and then cie ZOO (2004-2005). Since 2005 Ursula has continued to work as a freelance performer for Rosas, and as a teacher and rehearsal director. She teaches regularly at p.a.r.t.s – Performing Arts and Research Studios in Brussels; and ddsks; the Danish National School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen and now at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. As a rehearsal director Ursula has worked with Rosas, Paris Opera, and Lyon Opera, setting Rosas repertoire. Ursula was a founder member of the New Zealand Dance Company (2012) and toured NZ with the company in 2013. In 2019 Ursula performed in ‘Expanded Fields’, an installation and live performance piece made with Jenny Roche, Ruth Gibson, Bruno Martelli and Mel Mercier. Most recently, Ursula performed in John Gerrard’s ‘Mirror Pavilion’ as part of the Galway Arts Festival in 2020.


Emma Martin; Emma started creating shows in 2010, following a sabbatical as a ballet dancer during which she obtained a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies and Russian from Trinity College, Dublin. In 2015 she formed United Fall, under which she collaborates with artists from dance, music, theatre, photography and design on an artistic path that moves freely between all of these forms. Her most recent work is Night Dances which premiered at Dublin Theatre Festival 2021. Previous works include:  I AM IRELAND (2020/ RTÉ & Culture Night),  Birdboy (2019)  Orfeo ed Euridice (2018), Girl Song (2017), Dancehall (2015), Tundra (2014), Dogs (2012), Listowel Syndrome (2010). Her work has been commissioned by RTÉ, Dublin Dance Festival, Irish Arts Center and has been co-produced by Dublin Theatre Festival, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival and Centre de Développement Chorégraphique, Toulouse. She was an associate artist with Dance Ireland and Artist in Residence at Visual 2012-2018. Recent collaborations include The First Child (2021) and Arlington (2016) with Enda Walsh and Danse, Morob (2017) with Olwen Fouéré. United Fall is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland. 


Luke Murphy: Luke has danced with Ultima Vez from 2014-2018 touring internationally in productions of In Spite of Wishing and WantingBooty Looting and Spiritual Unity and Punchdrunk since 2009, performing leading roles in the original casts of The Third Day-Autumn (HBO/Sky TV 2020) Sleep No More in Shanghai (‘16-‘18), New York City (’11-‘15) as well as productions of The Drowned Man in London and Sleep No More in Boston. In addition he has danced in the companies of Martha Clarke, Kate Weare and Pavel Zustiak, and in projects with Ben Duke, Alexandra Waierstall, John Kelly, John Scott, Luca Silvestrini, Jonah Bokaer, Bill T Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company and others. With his own company, Attic Projects, Luke has created and produced eleven evening length works since 2012- touring throughout Ireland, UK, Germany and US. He has been supported by Arts Council of Ireland Arts Grant Awards since 2018 and is currently dance artist in residence and dance curator at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre. Luke’s most recent project, a four part live performance mini-series Volcano premiered at the Galway International Arts Festival in September 2021.