Genevieve Murphy: I Don’t Want To Be An Individual All On My Own

A sonic narrative, premiere 30 October SPRING Utrecht

In the coming years composer Genevieve Murphy will be creating performances as an associated artist to Nicole Beutler Projects, as part of the Nieuwe Makersregeling of the Fonds Podiumkunsten.

There is a kinship between Murphy and Beutler, in the way that they both combine composition and performance in their works. Nicole Beutler's choreographies are compositions of image, sound and movement alike. Music and sound are among the most important signifiers in her pieces. Whereas Beutler's work always takes the body and its movement as a starting point, Murphy's work mostly derives from her own musical compositions. Nicole Beutler will be coaching Genevieve Murphy in developing her work as a performer and a performance maker. The solo I Don’t Want To Be An Individual All On My Own is the third project with Nicole Beutler Projects.

The performance
From an early age, composer and performer Genevieve Murphy developed a fascination for psychology and how people create emotional bonds. Through her carefully composed works she brings to our awareness how we behave and respond. I Don’t Want To Be An Individual All On My Own is a search for real connection in an individualized world. Balancing between fear and curiosity for the unknown, Genevieve investigates the power of empathy by reflecting on an ordinary birthday party from her youth. Telling the story through a sonic narrative of pop, spoken word and sound sculptures, she invites you to listen to the soundscape of her mind.

“For me to fear you, you must grant to be just, for in less than a moment you tread me to dust, certainly you have no cause for alarm for were I to try, I can do you no harm”

Genevieve Murphy
Genevieve Murphy (Scotland, 1988) studied music and composition at the conservatoirs of Glasgow, Birmingham and The Hague. She lives and works in Amsterdam. As an artist, she combines performance and visual art with contemporary classical music. Murphy is fascinated by psychology and disability. Her work explores ways to communicate sensations that can feel intangible and incomprehensible. After Something In This Universe (2018), this is Murphy’s second production with Nicole Beutler Projects.

Video How relatable should one be in order to be seen and understood? Your Feeling is the first single of I Don’t Want To Be An Individual All On My Own, a new album by Genevieve Murphy. In this videoclip Murphy investigates what attracts us and what repels us.

WATCH THE VIDEO

Murphy's compositions and performances have been performed at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Het Stedelijk Museum, Sectie C Eindhoven, Music Showroom SC Zagreb, ESC Graz, La Fenice Theatre Venice, MAXXI Rome and Gaudeamus Utrecht, among other places. She has collaborated with, among others, Slagwerk Den Haag, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Camerata, Ensemble Offspring Sydney, Storioni Trio, Ex Novo Ensemble and International Ensemble Modern Akademie Frankfurt. In June 2019, Genevieve was awarded Honorary Membership of The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire nominated by composer Joe Cutler and received from Julian Lloyd Weber.

Interview Spring Festival 2018
"A lot of challenges in life do not feel tangible but they dominate us and really have a weight to them. What is that ‘something' that dominates and dictates our every move?” Read more >>

Credits performance
Language employed: English
Concept, performance, composition, scenography: Genevieve Murphy
Technician: Femke Diemer
Lighting Design: Prem Scholte Albers
Dramaturgy: Nienke Scholts
Research: Lewis den Hartog, Nienke Scholts
Music Producers: Joel Thurman, Gary Shepherd
Artistic Advice: Nicole Beutler, Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot
Thanks to: Wouter van Veldhoven, Julian Hetzel, Manuel Boutreur
Producttion: Nicole Beutler Projects
In collaboration with: Standplaats Utrecht
Acquisition and tour planning: Theaterzaken Via Rudolphi
Campaign photography: Julian Hetzel, Vera Rijks
Graphic design: studio l&rooth
With the support of: Fonds Podiumkunsten, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst

Credits Your Feeling
Video Director: Julian Hetzel
Music and performance: Genevieve Murphy
Drums: Henning Luther
Electronic Beats: Le Schnigg
Mixing and Mastering: Gary Shepherd
Dramaturg: Nienke Scholts
Commissioners: SPRING Performing Arts Festival, West Den Haag
With the support of: Nicole Beutler Projects

2020
Oct30
Genevieve Murphy: I Don’t Want To Be An Individual All On My Own
Stadsschouwburg Utrecht Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)
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Oct31
Genevieve Murphy: I Don’t Want To Be An Individual All On My Own
Stadsschouwburg Utrecht Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)
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Oct31
Genevieve Murphy: I Don’t Want To Be An Individual All On My Own
SPRING Performing Arts Festival SPRING Performing Arts Festival, Utrecht (NL) Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
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Nov19
Genevieve Murphy: I Don’t Want To Be An Individual All On My Own
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
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Nov20
Genevieve Murphy: I Don’t Want To Be An Individual All On My Own
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
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Nov21
Genevieve Murphy: I Don’t Want To Be An Individual All On My Own
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
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Nov21
Genevieve Murphy: I Don’t Want To Be An Individual All On My Own
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
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