A moved urban cantata with tales of wealth, poverty, privilege, neglect, Grand DiVisions is a new work about falling in and out of love with Australia presented by Outer Urban Projects (OUP) in association with Melbourne Festival at the Fairfax Studio from 14 October 2015.
Balletic and symphonic in concept and communal in execution, Grand DiVisions features beat boxing, Indian tabla, darabuka, gospel, a string orchestra, a solo harpist, hip-?hop and classical vocalists, contemporary dancers, rappers, spoken word artists who strive to make sense of the grand divisions that continue to haunt and enchant us.
Inspired by the diversity of genres, communities and stories that thrive in Melbourne, Grand DiVisions composer and director, and OUP Creative Producer, Irine Vela has assembled an impressive ensemble to present their vision of Australia.
The third and largest work in the OUP urban trilogy (SubUrban – ‘a hip hop concerto’ performed in 2011 and Urban Chamber – Beyond in 2013), Grand DiVisions brings together a large ensemble of collaborators, writers, musicians and performers, including OUP vocalists, dancers and string orchestra; cohealth arts generator; Neil Ieremia from New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance company: Black Grace; harpist Natalia Mann; and other guest artists.
Grand DiVisions – A Moved Urban Cantata
Fairfax Studio – Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne
Season: 14 – 17 October 2015
Bookings: 1300 182 183 or online at: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
Image: Grand DiVisions – A Moved Urban Cantata – photo by Miguel Rios