Genevieve Murphy: Something In This Universe

Nicole Beutler Projects presents their new maker: composing performer Genevieve Murphy

In the next two 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 Something In This Universe is the first project at NBprojects. A second performance will follow in 2019.

Something In This Universe is a solo performance by Genevieve Murphy, questioning whether there is such a thing as isolation when comforted by an infinite desire for perfection. Inspired by the ‘tipping point’ between control and destruction the audience views a person captured between the seduction and obsession of a compulsive disorder. Genevieve Murphy creates an individualized space in which to lose yourself. A place to enjoy your own company - but also a place that will reveal your mortal fears, disappointments and self-neglect. Recently, Murphy’s has been fascinated by psychology and disability. Her work explores ways to communicate sensations that can feel intangible and incomprehensible.

"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? I suddenly saw a relationship between that and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)."

Read the interview with Genevieve about the link between composing, obsessions and dark matter.

To go to Genevieve's website, click here.

Concept, direction, music and performance: Genevieve Murphy
Set design:Tim Vermeulen
Sound technician: Joel Thurman
Dramaturgy: Nienke Scholts
Artistic advice: Nicole Beutler, Stefan Prins, Yannis Kyriakides
Production: Nicole Beutler Projects
Co-production: Veem House for Performance, Korzo
With the support of: Fonds Podiumkunsten
With thanks to:Esther Snelder, BAU
Photography: Thomas Lenden

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, Storioni Trio, Ex Novo Ensemble and International Ensemble Modern Akademie Frankfurt.

In addition to creating compositions for various music, visual art and theatre projects, Genevieve has travelled Europe with traditional and improvised pieces for bagpipe. She has also performed with musicians like Andy Moor (The Ex) and Terrie Hessels.

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Genevieve Murphy: Something In This Universe
Korzo Korzo, Den Haag (NL)
Genevieve Murphy: Something In This Universe
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Genevieve Murphy: Something In This Universe
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Genevieve Murphy: Something In This Universe
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Genevieve Murphy: Something In This Universe
Opera and Musical Theatre of the Janacek Academy Opera and Musical Theatre of the Janacek Academy, Brno


"And suddenly it's there, the consolation. Consolation for your own madness, comfortably set right next to you in stead of kept far away."

"After Murphy OCD-ish performance you almost want to drop down on you knees to feel the satisfaction of scrubbing the floor. That's how empathic her performance was." ★★★★ Theaterkrant