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

Premiere at SPRING 2020 – An empathy experiment

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

Composer and performer Genevieve Murphy grew up with a brother who has autism. From an early age, she developed an acute interest in what people need when they are unable to express themselves clearly in words. This unique perspective on empathy has made her wonder, how does the emotion work in a world in which we get together less and express ourselves in words via text messages and social media instead? In “I Don't Want To Be An Individual All On My Own”, Genevieve investigates the power of remote empathy. Can we sense the other person without seeing their body language, just a voice, only words and a screen in between?

Empathy is also sensitive to manipulation; we can present a better version of ourselves to the world and create the illusion of emotional connectedness online. Genevieve plays around with the idea of illusion and incorporates it into a musical performance that has the audience honing their wits. Her intelligent compositions reveal that we are only too happy to let ourselves be carried away with a (false) sense of belonging but are easily repelled by stories that do not fit into our framework. Is this because of connecting in words that we do not immediately understand or do not move us?

Silence, recognition and curiosity are necessary for empathy, but are not to be misused in a world that fights over our attention. Are only enticing and accessible stories about ourselves to be rewarded with connection? Genevieve challenges you to look beyond and sharpen your awareness. Empathy for all, also ‘without a good story.’

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'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.

**CREDITS


Concept, direction, music, performance: Genevieve Murphy
Productie: Nicole Beutler Projects

2020
May21
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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May22
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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May28
Genevieve Murphy: I Don’t Want To Be An Individual All On My Own
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
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May29
Genevieve Murphy: I Don’t Want To Be An Individual All On My Own
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
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May30
Genevieve Murphy: I Don’t Want To Be An Individual All On My Own
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
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