VESSEL 

BY OUTER URBAN PROJECTS

IN DEVELOPMENT

 

Vessel is a journey from one side of the world to another, through generations, time and parallel realities.  A dance theatre work about what it means to give birth and where and what you are born into.

“Outer Urban Projects facilitates the performance and storytelling of youth from Melbourne’s Northern Suburbs, most of whom come from migrant backgrounds…It’s vital and empowering work that reflects our complexity as a people and our cultural heritage.”  

Andrew Bovell keynote speech, National Play Festival, Carriageworks, Sydney, June 2014.

Dusk. Night is falling.  A woman carries a heavy pot up a steep hill. She stops to catch her breath. It seems she is too old and frail for such chores. The moon gradually appears and illuminates her face.  She turns. It is the face of a young girl.  A fifteen-year-old girl carries water down a steep hill in a barren mountain landscape and makes a pledge to her unborn child. 

Vessel is a Dance Theatre work about what it means to give birth and where what you a born into.  A journey from one side of the world to another, through generations, time and parallel realities.  Dance, vignettes, stories and song transform into a string of intersecting encounters. Vessel features an intergenerational ensemble of dancer/performers and musicians brought together by Outer Urban Projects Artistic Director Irine Vela with choreography by Thomas E. S. Kelly.

 

CREATIVE TEAM

IRINE VELA        - DIRECTOR / COMPOSE

THOMAS E.S. KELLY - CHOREOGRAPHER

GINA GASCOIGNE    - LIGHTING DESIGNER

CAST              - OUTER URBAN PROJECTS EMERGING ARTISTS AND GUEST ARTIST

KATE GILLICK      - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Developed with support from: Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria and community partner Reservoir HigH