28 Jun 2022

Luke Murphy's 'Triumph and Trauma' at Dance Limerick

Luke Murphy's 'Triumph and Trauma' at Dance Limerick

Dance artist Luke Murphy, who returns to Dance Limerick with his new work

DANCE artist Luke Murphy returns to Limerick with his provocative and powerful new work On Triumph and Trauma next week.

The “bold and visceral work” for four performers takes place in Dance Limerick on May 26 at 8pm. Tickets are €12/10. 

With dynamic choreography, a haunting soundscape and a constantly evolving design, On Triumph and Trauma draws the audience into an unpredictable journey through the complexities of our past towards the precipice of our future, Luke explains.

“It is 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,” said the performer and choreographer, who recently returned to Ireland from New York.

The work conveys a morphing landscape of creation and destruction as the ideas of nationalism, sacrifice, violence and memory are drawn and erased under starkly different lights.

Drawing upon a wealth of investigative sources, including witness accounts from the Bureau of Military History, transcripts from the Dáil and the writings of some of Ireland’s most accomplished scholars, the work paints and analyses the quiet day to day humanity that drove a country into an endless waltz of triumph and tragedy.

Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, said Luke was a "very exciting artist who explores and unpacks the notion of identity in much of his work and constantly seeks to push the boundaries of his artform with each new creation.

"We’re really looking forward to this new ensemble piece and I would encourage anyone with an interest in dance or dance theatre to come and experience it for themselves," she said.

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