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 high calibre contemporary dance work spanning street, cultural, contemporary and hip hop styles with a strong narrative, original music and a cast of young talented performers. The show explores themes of young parenting, the global migration crisis and what it means to give birth and where and what you are born into. It is 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 and a powerful aesthetic. VESSEL features an inter-generational ensemble of dancer/performers and musicians brought together by OUP Artistic Director Irine Vela with choreography by some of Australia's leading dance exponents, Thomas E. S. Kelly, Nebahat Erpolat and Demi Sorono.
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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, Nebahat Erpolat, Demi Sorono
Lighting Designer Gina Gascogine
Dancer Victoria Canning
Photography: Miguel Rios
This project has been supported through Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation and Reservoir High School.