Singing Waters

Singing Waters is site-responsive, music performance / ritual that invites community to sit next to a body of water experience sounds and stories that revive, replenish us as individuals and as a multicultural living community. 

This work is led by Maori Sonic Weaver, Whaia (Shelley Emia), is performed on the beach or next to a river or lake. It is preceded by a 3-day residency and invites two local first nations performer/collaborators to perform in the show with Whaia with supporting soundscapes and compositions by Corrina Bonshek.

WHAIA (Aotearoa / NZ) is a sonic weaver, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist who works with Taonga Puoro/First Nations instruments creating her own unique cradle of embedded healing phonics. She activates an ancient primordial voice that calls beyond the veil of this earthly world.

This work premiered at Northern Australian Festival of Arts in collaboration with Jasmine Blackman, Big Eye Theatre’s Mala Jina Jalbu Dancers and creative cultural guidance by Aunty Rosalind Sailor.


WHAIA (Aotearoa / NZ) – Artistic director / performer 

Corrina Bonshek – Composer  / collaborator

Local welcoming elder / collaborator.

Produced by Corrina Bonshek & Collaborators

This project is supported by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government Initiative.

Presentation History

2023 | July 2 The Strand, Northern Australian Festival of Arts, Townsville.

Information for Presenters

Singing Waters is available for presentation in 2024 in Australia and Internationally. Please get in touch with producer Corrina Bonshek for more information and to start a conversation.

Email 0435 247 874

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