Laura Murphy is an award winning choreographer and dance artist based in Ireland. Rooted in the female experience, her work arises out of emotional, physiological and existential experiences expressed in contemplative, intellectual dance. With her trademark all female casts, her work has been described as gentle and eccentric.
Laura has developed a multi-disciplinary dance practice, working in collaboration with artists from other arts disciplines. She works in stage performance, film, installation and large scale, socially engaged projects. Laura Murphy Dance has been presented internationally at festivals and galleries such as Tanzmesse (DE), Fira Tàrrega (ES), Reykjavik Dance Festival (IS), Edinburgh Fringe (UK), Judson Church (US), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (RO), NN Contemporary Northampton (UK), Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema (US), Dublin Dance Festival and Cork Midsummer Festival (IRL).
Laura has been the recipient of numerous National Arts Council awards, as well as several prestigious national and international residencies. She was awarded Best Movement Director at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2017 for her work on 'Whitby' at the Bram Stoker Festival.
Laura graduated from the University of Limerick in 2005 with an M.A Contemporary Dance Performance; from Trinity Laban, London in 2006 with a P.D.D.S. and in 2014 with a Specialist Diploma in Choreological Studies. 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. She currently teaches on the BA, Drama and Theatres Studies at Trinity College, Dublin.
Laura collaborates and works with many dance artists including Colin Dunne, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Rob Heaslip, Mary Nunan, Jean Butler and Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín; visual artists Gemma Riggs, Astrid Walsh and Rhona Byrne; and composers Matteo Fargion, Irene Buckley, Michael Gallen and Alma Kelleher.
Recent works include 'Abacus' at Tanzmesse 2022; 'The Shake' at Dublin Dance Festival 2022; 'It's All Up in the Air on Bogland' a commission by RTÉ for Culture Night 2022, in collaboration with Rhona Byrne. In 2024 Laura will work as Associate Director to Jean Butler on her work 'What We Hold' at the Irish Arts Centre, New York. She will also perform at 'Garden as Gallery', an installation-performance work by choreographer Joan Davis.