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Luke Murphy

Presented by St. Ann’s Warehouse in association with Irish Arts Center

photos: Emilija Jefremova

“Tense, troubling and touching … It is not an overstatement to say that you will not have seen anything like this before.”

Luke Murphy’s “superbly inventive,” “exhilarating” (The Guardian) Volcano spins the story of two men thrust into a social experiment in outer space. Volcano, which The Irish Times describes as “like an episode of Black Mirror on steroids,” unfolds in a wrecked living room in a glass-enclosed box, where the men reenact memories and past lives in an array of cultural references, from game shows to stand up comedy. Volcano is a 4-part mini-series of 45-minute episodes, presented in one continuous, binge-watch-style performance. The Irish Times explains, “[the] structure is borrowed from TV, although the storytelling is driven by physical expression rather than dialogue. Murphy’s spectacular choreography and performance with Will Thompson showcase the history of modern dance, from tableaux vivants of early-20th-century to Greek-obsessed dancers like Raymond and Isadora Duncan, to musical theater solos à la Fred Astaire to the strobe-lit energy of 1990s rave culture.”

“Unexpectedly exhilarating: its sci-fi premise being sufficiently expansive to encompass questions of what is really of value in life, what is worth saving – and what remains when habitual bonds have loosened.”


Wednesday, January 10 @ 7 pm
Thursday, January 11 @ 7 pm
Friday, January 12 @ 7 pm
Saturday, January 13 @ 2 pm
Sunday, January 14 @ 2 pm
Wednesday, January 17 @ 7 pm
Thursday, January 18 @ 7 pm
Friday, January 19 @ 7 pm
Saturday, January 20 @ 2 pm
Sunday, January 21 @ 2 pm

Volcano is a four-part mini-series of 45-minute “episodes.” All four episodes run 3 hours and 30 minutes with intervals and pauses between each episode. Food and drink will be available for purchase


St. Ann’s Warehouse
45 Water Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201


Originally from Cork City, Ireland, Luke Murphy is a performer and choreographer based between London and Ireland. Luke has been working with Punchdrunk since 2009 in productions of The Burnt City, London (2022-2023), The Third Day:Autumn (2020), Sleep No More in Boston (09-10), New York (‘11-’15) and Shanghai (‘16-’17), and The Drowned Man in London (‘13-’14), in addition he danced with Belgian company, Ultima Vez from 2014-2018. Other past engagements include Martha Clarke’s Angel Reapers (’10-’11), Kate Weare Company (’11-’13), Pavel Zustiak’s Palissimo Company (‘11-‘13) Erik Hawkins Dance Company (‘09-‘11) as well as performing in special projects with Jonah Bokaer, John Kelly, Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Heidi Latsky, John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein, Ben Duke’s Lost Dog Dance, Alexandra Waierstall, Liz Roche, Sean Curran, Douglas Dunn and Janis Brenner. His own work has been presented throughout New York, Ireland, Germany, England and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Currently Luke is an Associate Artist at The University of Greenwich- Bathway Theatre and Artist-in-Residence at Dublin Dance Festival.


Volcano is presented in Association with Irish Arts Center.

Volcano is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland | An Chomhairle Ealaion Arts Grant Fund and created and presented with the support of Galway International Arts Festival; Firkin Crane; Graffiti Theatre; Galway Dance Project; and Shawbrook Dance.