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“It’s vital and empowering work that reflects our complexity as a people and our cultural heritage…”

- Andrew Bovell


Arts Centre Melbourne presents Outer Urban Projects’  presents


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.

VESSEL is a dance theatre work spanning street, cultural and contemporary styles. It is about what it means to give birth and where and what you are born into. A 15 year old girl carries water down a steep hill in a barren mountain landscape and makes a pledge to her unborn child. Dance, vignettes, stories and song transform into a string of intersecting encounters and a powerful aesthetic.

VESSEL features an inter-generational ensemble of dancers, performers and musicians brought together by Outer Urban Projects’ Artistic Director Irine Vela with choreography by some of Australia's leading dance exponents, Thomas E. S. Kelly, Nebahat Erpolat and Demi Sorono.

Download Teachers’ Resources Coming Soon
Q&A with Irine Vela, Artistic Director



Themes / Ideas explored

  • Decision-making and choices
  • Coming of Age
  • Family
  • Multiculturalism and Cultural Diversity
  • Self Expression
  • Youth

Curriculum Links:

 Learning Areas  Capabilities

The Arts

  • Drama
  • Dance

Critical and Creative Thinking

 English  Ethical
 The Humanities
  • Civics and Citizenship

Health and Physical Education

  • Personal, Social and Community Health

Personal and Social

Links to VCE

  • Drama
  • Dance
  • English
  • Health
  • Health and Human Development
  • Psychology

Outer Urban Projects is a bold performing arts company that creates new forms of contemporary performance imagined form the life experiences of young emerging artists from the outer northern suburbs of Melbourne. The company gives voice to the unexpressed aspirations and creative potential of cultural diverse emerging artists whose origins span five continents.

Outer Urban Projects
Director, Composer & Design Irine Vela
Choreographers Thomas E. S. Kelly, Nebahat Erpolat and Demi Sorono
Dancers Demi Sorono, Victoria Canning, Simone Etheve, Damian Seddon, Tehyali Malone, Marindi Jarrett and Josephine Inia
Actor Sahra Davoudi
Costume and Set Designer Amanda Clarke
Lighting Designer Gina Gascoigne

Photography: Miguel Rios


This project has been supported through Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation and Reservoir High School.


20 – 22 September
(Term 3)

20 September, 10:30am & 1pm
21 September, 10:30am & 1pm
22 September, 12:30pm

Duration: 60 minutes plus 15 minute post-show Q&A

Price range



Years 7-12


Playhouse Rehearsal Room


Warning – this production may contain coarse language, haze and/or strobe lighting

WheelchairAssistive Hearing