Babies having babies. Children lost at sea. Bonds that must be broken.

A journey from one side of the world to another, through generations, time and parallel realities will be undertaken in the premiere of Outer Urban Projects’ dance theatre work VESSEL at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse Rehearsal Room from 20 – 23 September. Incorporating street, cultural and contemporary styles with text and an original sound score, VESSEL is about giving birth and circumstances people are born into.

Outer Urban Projects Artistic Director and VESSEL Director and Composer, Irine Vela, explains that when developing this new work, the 2001 SIEV X (Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel X) tragedy came to mind – it was a dilapidated fishing vessel that sank carrying around 400 asylum seekers from Indonesia to Christmas Island.
VESSEL features an intergenerational ensemble whose origins span five continents, including the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, South East Asia and Indigenous Australia.

 “I boarded the boat with 15 other family members, 9 drowned and 6 remained. We clung on to a plank of timber for 20 hours drifting in the water. Something I witnessed left a very strange impression, a baby with umbilical cord still attached to the mother was amongst those who drowned.” Testimonial from a survivor of the SIEV X (Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel X) tragedy

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

Arts Centre Melbourne presents Outer Urban Projects’
20 – 23 September 2017
Times : Wed – Thu 10:30am & 1pm,  Fri 12:30pm & 7pm, Sat 7pm
Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse Rehearsal Room
Book: or 1300 182 183