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).
Laura has worked with artists including Colin Dunne, Rob Heaslip, Gemma Riggs, Rhona Byrne, Mary Nunan, Nigel Rolfe, Matteo Fargion, Irene Buckley and Michael Gallen.
Laura's awards include: Best Movement Director, The Irish Times Theatre Awards (2017); E-MOTIONAL Bodies and Cities, A European Mobility and Artistic Exchange Dance Programme (2012-2013); Carte Blanche as part of Modul Dance (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).
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.
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 was recently awarded Dance Ireland's HATCH 2019 for research on a new work for 2020. She is also working with 'Session', the new collaboration by Colin Dunne and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, touring 2019/2020.