Outer Urban Projects

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2013 Urban Chamber - Beyond

Urban Chamber – Beyond, Melbourne Festival 2013

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

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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.

“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.” 

Christos Tsiolkas ‘Artery’

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

Presented by Outer Urban Projects, Barkly Arts Centre and the Newsboys Foundation in association with Melbourne Festival

Urban Chamber – Beyond is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Newsboys Foundation, the George Hicks Foundation, the Andyinc Foundation, the Hecand Family Trust, Kimberley Foundation and Moreland City Council. In association with Footscray Community Arts Centre. MASSIVE Hip Hop Choir is produced by Barkly Arts Centre (a division of Western Region Health Centre).

Show Dates and Times

Fri 25 Oct and Sat 26 October 2013, 6pm and 8pm

Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon 31 Sturt Street, Southbank


$35 Adult, $20 Concessions, $12 Groups (8+)

transaction fees may apply

60 mins no interval

Melbourne Recital Centre: 03 9699 3333

Online bookings: Melbourne Recital Centre or Melbourne Festival