Laura Murphy


Credit: Koen Broos

Laura’s class will explore the dynamic body and spacial awareness; we will investigate the organic use of movement qualities and spacial proximities.  As we stimulate our awareness, articulation, and focus we can collaboratively uncover the intelligence in our bodies and arrive at dancing together. 

Movement material will be explored through structured improvised tasks, with the aim to allow the dancer discover a deeper clarity in their approach to movement qualities, rhythm and space within their dance.

Laura Murphy is a choreographer, performer and teacher based in Ireland. She creates dance work that celebrates the beauty in ordinary things and exalts the mundane. Her work includes solo and ensemble pieces, large scale and socially engaged dance, as well as dance films, video installations and site-specific performances.

Laura has presented her work internationally at festivals and galleries such as Reykjavik Dance Festival (IS), Edinburgh Fringe (UK), Judson Church (US), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (RO), NN Contemporary Northampton (UK), Dublin Dance Festival and Cork Midsummer Festival (IRL).

She works with artists including Colin Dunne, Rob Heaslip, Gemma Riggs, Rhona Byrne, Mary Nunan, Nigel Rolfe, Matteo Fargion, Irene Buckley and Michael Gallen.

Since 2009 she has lectured in dance and Choreological Studies at the University of Limerick and held the position of Acting Course Director, MA Contemporary Dance Performance in 2015.

Laura’s awards include: Best Movement Director, The Irish Times Theatre Awards (2017); E-MOTIONAL Bodies and Cities (2012-2013); Carte Blanche (2013); an Arts Council Bursary Award (2017, 2016); Artist Project Award from Cork City Council (2017, 2016, 2014, 2013) and an Arts Council Dancer in Residence Award for Cork City (2012 – 2017).

Recent works include ‘You Move Me’ at NN Contemporary Northampton 2018, ‘Abacus’ at Dublin Fringe Festival 2017 and ‘Yellow’ at Cork Midsummer 2017. She was awarded Best Movement Director at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2017 for her work on ‘Whitby’ at the Bram Stoker Festival.

Laura is currently working on ‘Session’, the new collaboration by Colin Dunne and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, which will tour in 2019.