11-21 AUGUST 2022 View all events

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Presented by BLEACH* and Corrina Bonshek & Collaborators

Presented by BLEACH* and Corrina Bonshek & Collaborators

Be swept away by the blissful and bittersweet voice of Lebanese singer Samira El Koussa in Love, Always Love, a musical feast of Arabic, tarab and western classical music.

Samira El Koussa learnt to sing at her mother’s knee and she hasn’t stopped. She sings in the face of adversity, for joy, to welcome others, and as a devotional practice. Her big heart makes for an even bigger show!

Hear stories and songs of courage, love, and family connection from Samira’s 20 years as a songwriter in new arrangements for western and Arabic instruments by acclaimed musician Greta Kelly and award-winning composer Corrina Bonshek.

Be transported to another world, and return renewed after this theatrical trip to Lebanon and beyond.


Director Rosie Dennis
Collaborating director Aleea Monsour
Lead performer and songwriter Samira El Koussa
Music director, composer and soundscapes Corrina Bonshek
Performer and collaborator Greta Kelly
Recording musician (percussion) Joe Nabbout
Recording musician (santur) Masoud Kamgarpour
Recording musician (ney and clarinet) Kelly Dowall
Recording musician (cello) Emma Hales
Recording musician (double bass) Elias Kokkoris
Recording musician (keyboard) Saman Obed
Translation Rana Al Mekarry
Beats and music production Pete Gardner of So Soap Studios



Samira El Koussa is a highly acclaimed Lebanese singer, songwriter, and musician specialising in classical middle-eastern Tarab. Her career spans 28 years of performances at various major events, in countries including Lebanon, Dubai, Syria, Jordan and Australia. She was a finalist in Lebanese LBC TV Program Estudio AlFann, has been featured on multiple television shows, and performed at international and local cultural festivals such as the Mairouba festival, Dar Janine Festival, Rahbe Festival, Ehden Festival and Gold Coast Bleach* Festival’s Chez Nous on Chevron in 2020. Samira is proud of her Lebanese culture and uses her music to share stories of her cultural heritage of the Middle East and promote the traditional Arabic folklore.


    Corrina Bonshek (PhD Western Sydney University) is an award-winning, Gold Coast-based composer whose music has been described as ‘sonically attractive’ (Loudmouth 2020) and ‘meditative and euphonious’ (Journal of Music 2021).Corrina has created music for Taipei International Festival of the Arts (2017), Rainforest Fringe Festival Sarawak Malaysia (2019), Singapore Arts in Your Neighbourhood Festival (2022), Bleach* Festival (2017,2018, 2021), 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Arts & Culture Festival, Hervey Bay Whale Festival (2021), and more. In 2021, she formed Corrina Bonshek & Collaborators Limited, to support the creation of innovative music-led events that open the heart, uplift the spirit, and celebrate the connection of humans to nature and each other.


    Greta Kelly is a Brisbane based musician who has co-produced several multi-arts productions including Song to the Earth and Song to the Ocean with composer Corrina Bonshek, The Birth and Death of Stars with Pauline Maudy, Mzaza and director Ben Knapton, Circa, and Our Place, a collaboration with DeepBlue, the Queensland Choir and Digi Youth Arts. In 2022 she collaborated with Greek Australian poet/rapper Luka Lesson in Agapi and Other Kinds of Love for the National Museum of Australia, and with Greek Australian sound designer Panos Curos in Amphisonics for World Science Festival. She plays violin, shah kaman (Persian violin) and theremini and has collaborated with internationally renowned artists from Iran, Turkey and Iraq. She is a founding member of internationally touring award-winning groups DeepBlue and Mzaza.

      Aleea Monsour

      Aleea is a Lebanese Australian artist and community theatre practitioner from Brisbane, Queensland. She is passionate about the power of theatre and the arts as an agent for change and being able to engage with people from all walks of life. She is personally inspired to engage with the stories of communities, and in particular those whose stories have been marginalised, in theatre and art. Her credits include directing Where We Meet (Metro Arts 2022), co-creating and directing The Time is Now (La Boite 2021), co-directing The Neighbourhood (La Boite 2020), and directing, producing, and editing Remembering Palestine (Brisbane and Bankstown Art Centre 2017).

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        DirectorRosie Dennis
        Collaborating DirectorAleea Monsour
        Lead Performer & SongwriterSamira El Koussa
        Music Director, Composer & SoundscapesCorrina Bonshek
        Performer & CollaboratorGreta Kelly
        Recording MusiciansJoe Nabbout – Percussion, Masoud Kamgarpour – Santur, Kelly Dowall – Ney and clarinet, Emma Hales – Cello, Elias Kokkoris – Double Bass, Saman Obed – Keyboard
        TranslationRana Al Mekarry
        Beats & Music ProductionPete Gardner of So Soap Studios
        Photo CreditMaleika Halpin
        AcknowledgementThis project is supported by Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. The development of this work was proudly supported by HOTA, Home of the Arts, BEMAC and Multicultural Families Organisation. Corrina Bonshek and Collaborators Limited are supported by City of Gold Coast.
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