Luke murphy photo by sally cohn

Luke murphy photo by sally cohn

Luke Murphy/Attic Projects
On Triumph and Trauma

World Premiere

Thursday, June 16 at 8pm
Saturday, June 18 at 6:30pm

Location: The Yard's Patricia N. Nanon Theater
Run time: TBA

Emerging in the wake of the centennial anniversary of Irelands 1916 Rising. With a hundred years behind us we are caught with the heroes and demons of our past and, in the light of the economic collapse, the fraught uncertainty of our future. On Triumph and Trauma is at once a poetic dedication to a turning point in the nations history and a rigorous examination of what Irish identity, politics and nationalism means today.

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, new, contemporary works finding the universal within the deeply personal. 

"Murphy's dance-making can match sharp words with edgy moves any day. There is edited pace and clean lines in Eckert and Murphy's passionate, full force body exchange and their lifts, body wraps, floor tussles are handled with a mesmeric control, equally as arresting as anything on screen. Star rating: ****"

- Seonna Mac Reamoinn, Irish Theatre Magazine.


Co-commissioned by The Yard, Irish Arts Centre and Pavilion Theatre (through the EmergingArtist Bursary Award) with additional funding from a Cork City Council 2015 Project Award and a Cork County Council 2016 Heritage Award. Created through the generosity of a world stage Residency at theKelly Strayhorn Theatre, a Kaatsbaan International Dance Centre Upstream Residency, a Production Residency through the Company-In-Residence award at The Firkin Crane and Creative Residencies at The Dragons Egg and AnSanctoir. Touring of On Triumph and Trauma is made possible through a New England Foundation for The Arts National Dance Project Touring Award and CultureIreland Award through the International Culture Programme to celebrate Ireland in 2016. Preliminary research for On Triumph and Trauma was made possible by the Bessie Schoenberg Residency at the Yard in 2014 and a 2014 DanceIreland Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency. This presentation of On Triumph and Trauma was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.