Urban Chamber – Beyond

Urban ChamberHip-hop collides with chamber music and urban dance in a multicultural ode to Melbourne – welcome to the new sound of our city.

Outer Urban Projects and MASSIVE Hip Hop Choir from Melbourne’s northern, western suburbs and beyond team up with Komninos, an iconic Australian performance poet and Mary Quinsacara – one of Australia’s first female emcees for a hip-hop/classical throw down.

These talented youth ensembles combine to bring us an infectiously intimate show, fusing the primal force of rap, the power of dance and the timeless beauty of classical music, creating a powerful performance that is both instantly recognisable and utterly unique.

Telling tales of wealth and poverty, privilege and neglect, apathy and ambition, Urban Chamber – Beyond channels the hopes, anxieties and ambitions of Melbourne’s suburban youth whose origins span five continents. This is the essential voice of Australia’s present and future – diverse, vibrant and original.

Outer Urban Projects (OUP) is a bold not for profit performing arts organisation that collaborates with young people and their communities in Melbourne’s culturally diverse, artistically starved, ‘hardcore’ outer northern suburbs.

OUP specialises in producing and presenting high calibre arts projects that seamlessly combine street, cultural, contemporary and classical forms.

OUP is driven by the vibrant cultural mix and stories of the outer northern suburbs and the racial, social and class inequities that challenge our young people.

As Australian Author Christos Tsiolkas noted in Artery, “SubUrban – a hip hop concerto composed by Irine Vela, is sublime … This is indeed how the world sounds: hybrid, modernist and ancient, popular and classical.”

Urban Chamber – Beyond is presented by Outer Urban Projects, Barkly Arts Centre and the Newsboys Foundation in association with the Melbourne Festival.

Creative Producer / Musical Director: Irine Vela  Performers: Outer Urban Projects, MASSIVE Hip Hop Choir, Komninos and Mary Quinsacara  Designer: Alison Ross  Choreographer / Dancer: Deon Nuku

Urban Chamber – Beyond
Melbourne Recital Centre – Salon, 31 Sturt Street, Southbank
Season: 25 & 26 October 2013 – 6.00pm and 8.00pm
Bookings: (03) 9699 3333 or www.melbournerecital.com.au

For more information, visit: www.outerurbanprojects.org for details.

Image: Outer Urban Projects