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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.

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.



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

VESSEL Melbourne Fringe Festival

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


20 - 23 September

Wednesday 20 September, 10:30am & 1pm
Thursday 21 September, 10:30am & 1pm
Friday 22 September, 12:30pm & 7pm
Saturday 23 September, 7pm

Duration: 60 minutes


Playhouse Rehearsal Room


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

Recommended for Ages 13+

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