CORRINA BONSHEK & COLLABORATORS, GAMBIRRA ILLUME, SUNNY KIM, WHAIA SONIC WEAVER
Presented by BLEACH* and Corrina Bonshek & Collaborators
As the sun sets on the final night of BLEACH*, surrender to the mesmerising frequencies of the Tower Divas at the electrifying world premiere.
The soul-stirring performance seamlessly blends the awe-inspiring talents of Yolngu songstress Gambirra Illume, Maori sonic weaver Whaia, and Korean-born vocalist Sunny Kim. Directed by Gold Coast contemporary composer Corrina Bonshek, the original production is part ritual, part sound healing, and all heart.
Yolngu woman Gambirra Illume is a powerful singer-songwriter, producer and visual artist who uses her craft as a tool to unite and heal people. Drawing inspiration from a long lineage of ceremonial painters, healers and the natural world, Gambirra’s work is steeped in spirituality, passion and heart.
A Ngati Kahungunu woman from Aotearoa, Whaia was raised on Yindjibarndi country in the Pilbara, far North Western Australia with her Aboriginal grandmother shaping her story from the age of 6. Working with an array of Taonga Puoro/Traditional First Nation instruments and Crystal Singing Bowls, when Whaia lays down her vocal signatory sonics, you surely feel as if you've stepped into another dimension and taken off into other worlds.
Korean-born vocalist, improviser and composer, Sunny Kim is a global nomad, taking her magic to stages in Seoul, Bangkok, New York, Melbourne—and now, BLEACH*. Sunny’s artistry seeks to find meaningful connections to people, culture and place through deep listening and collaboration. The result? Performances that will truly transform you.
With 20 years of composing across concert halls, and festivals to her name, Gold Coast artistic director Corrina Bonshek has a deep passion for crafting music-led works that provoke wonder at the beauty of nature, the cosmos and each other. With a PhD in Contemporary Arts, Corrina’s talent for connecting artists and producing performances that transcend time is unmatched.
The performance is a sound and music based work, with some visual and design components. Sight is not essential to be able to engage with the work.
The work will be performed in both traditional language/song and English.
The work will have fire elements, which will be administered by professionals – it may not be suitable for those who find fire, smoke or ash uncomfortable.
This event will take place on the sand at North Burleigh Beach. There will be limited seating available on the beach. Patrons will be welcome to stand or sit to watch the performance. The pathway from the parkland to the beach will have a temporary surface added (such as plastic flooring or beach mobility matting). This path is inclined and may be uneven.
We encourage audience members with any access requirements, but particularly mobility challenges who would like to traverse down to the sand to contact us, so we can discuss your particular requirements.
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|Photo Credit||Claudio Kirac, Art-Work Agency|
|Acknowledgement||Tower Divas is supported by BLEACH* Festival and Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Corrina Bonshek & Collaborators Limited are supported by City of Gold Coast.|
You must register to attend this free event.
North Burleigh Beach at Love Your Local North Burleigh Hub
Ed Hardy Park, The EsplanadeNorth Burleigh QLD 4220
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Yugambeh Language Region and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People of the Gold Coast. We recognise their continuing connection and contributions to country and culture. We pay respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.