Outer Urban Projects

Creating high calibre art for maximum social impact.

2015 Grand DiVisions - A Moved Urban Cantata


Grand DiVisions - A Moved Urban Cantata features performers from vocalists, dancers and string orchestra cohealth Arts Generator, Neil Ieremia - Black Grace Dance Company (NZ) and guest artists combine forces to create an urban cantata with tales of wealth, poverty, privilege, neglect and unexpected journeys of falling in and out of love with Australia. Composer/Director Irine Vela

Grand DiVisions is balletic and symphonic in concept and communal in execution. Beat boxing, Indian tabla, darabuka and gospel collide with a string orchestra, vocalists from hip hop and classical genres support and drive contemporary dance as rappers and spoken word artists strive to make sense of the grand divisions that haunt and enchant us.


Grand DiVisions features:

Director/Composer Irine Vela
Choreographer for Suburban- A Hip Hop Concerto, Neil Ieremia, Black Grace 
Conductor Mary Johnston
Harpist Natalia Mann
Lighting Designer Gina Gascoigne
Sound Designer Siiri Metsar

Performers: cohealth Arts Generator’s MASSIVE Fam and Benchmark Crew Ez Eldin Deng aka Izzy, E'ldro Kon, The Rudy V, Josephine Inia, Paul Factor, Geskeva-Lola Komba and Mary Quinsacara, Black Grace dancers Joash Tuugamusu and Sarah Baron, singers Jeannie Marsh & Lisa Marie Parker, musicians Bikram Mahler, Mark Grunden and Ken Harris and from Outer Urban Projects Divine Favour Gospel Quartet with Fakaoho & Tangata Paea Tupou, Ruci & Joanne Kaisila, musicians Natasha Hanna, Josef Hanna and Eugenie Lyons with the Grand DiVisions 24-piece String Orchestra, rappers, beatboxers and spoken word artists Kevin Nugara, Babz Samoun and Yung Philly, alternative jazz vocalist & neo-beat poet Ileini Kabalan, dancers Angela Baklis, Victoria Canning, JJ De Melo and guest artists. 

Outer Urban Projects Producers Irine Vela and Kate Gillick

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Dates, Times & Tickets

Schools shows:
Wednesday 14th October, 11am
Thursday 15th October, 11am

Evening shows:

15th – 17th October 2015
Thursday 15 October, 7:30pm
Friday 16 October, 7:30pm
Saturday 17 October, 7:30pm

Duration: 75 minutes, no interval
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne – Fairfax Studio, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne


Adult: $35
Concession: $25
Schools/Groups 8+: $17

To book tickets through the Arts Centre click here or phone 1300 182 183

To book tickets through the Melbourne Festival click here

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Outer Urban Projects is pleased to invite your community organisation or school to Grand DiVisions – A Moved Urban Cantata the final work in our Urban trilogy presented by Outer Urban Projects, the Newsboys Foundation and Arts Centre Melbourne in association with Melbourne Festival.

There are two ways of getting comp tickets:
Book your tickets through OUP’s First Call Fund allocation – let David know your numbers and dates/times: david@outerurbanprojects.org

Apply for your own First Call Fund membership: 

First Call Fund at The Arts Centre Melbourne is great FREE TICKETING program that provides schools and organisations that work with people from CALD backgrounds that live in low socio-economic communities to access free tickets to shows at Arts Centre Melbourne (provided you meet the eligibility criteria).  There is no limit on how many we can get through First Call Fund at this stage and there is also transport support (up to 50%). What a great opportunity for our northside community! The online link and form to join First Call Fund is below. 

You can also book your First Call tickets directly through OUP by David Ralph on 9650 2521 or email david@outerurbanprojects.org