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.
Vessel is a dance theatre work about what it means to give birth and where and what you are born into.
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 journey from one side of the world to another, through generations, time and parallel realities.
Dance, vignettes, stories and song transform in to a string of intersecting encounters.
Vessel features an intergenerational ensemble of dancer/performers and musicians brought together by Outer Urban Projects director Irine Vela and choreography by Thomas E S Kelly.
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Themes / Ideas explored
- Decision-making and choices
- Coming of Age
- Multiculturalism and Cultural Diversity
- Self Expression
| Learning Areas
Critical and Creative Thinking
| The Humanities
Health and Physical Education
- Personal, Social and Community Health
Personal and Social
Links to VCE
- Health and Human Development
Outer Urban Projects
Artistic Director Irine Vela
Choreographer Thomas E. S. Kelly
Lighting Designer Gina Gascogine
Dancer Victoria Canning
This project has been supported through Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation and Reservoir High School.
Photography Miguel Rios