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 around a diverse world of characters, including a brother who has autism. From an early age, she developed an acute interest in how people relate to each other and create emotional bonds. Nowadays, social media increases the opportunity to connect. At the same time we seem to physically isolate ourselves more and more. Genevieve takes this tension into music, creating a sonic narrative of pop, spoken word, sound sculptures and storytelling. I Don’t Want To Be an Individual on My Own is a captivating solo performance that investigates the power of remote empathy by reflecting on one day in Genevieve’s colourful past.


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. 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 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 >>

Concept, performance, composer, scenographer: Genevieve Murphy Technique, light design, scenography: Manuel Boutreur Dramaturgy: Nienke Scholts Research Collaborator: Lewis den Hertog Production: Lena Meijer Scenographer builder: Hen Drost Music Producer: Abdelhadi Baaddi Artistic Advisors: Nicole Beutler, Paul Koek and Jasper van Luit Reel to reel tape machine specialist: Wouter van Veldhoven Thanks to: Pieter van den Bosch

A production by: Nicole Beutler Projects In collaboration with: Standplaats Utrecht With support of: Fonds Podiumkunsten