Song to the Ocean Hero

Song to the Ocean

Join acclaimed Australian string ensemble DeepBlue, master percussionist & South East Asia gong expert Michael Askill, Maori Sonic Weaver WHAIA, and Persian violinist Greta Kelly for a euphoric musical experience under the night sky. 

Take a walk through an ocean of musicians, illuminated by awe-inspiring light installations with original contemporary classical music by Australian composer Dr Corrina Bonshek that is inspired by cycles and patterns of nature.

This extraordinary collaboration features 30 young local musicians, visual designs by local artists, dialogue with Elders, and sounds and footage of the extraordinary biodiverse marine life of Butchulla country.

Song to the Ocean was so evocative and a gift of deep reverence… When we connect more deeply to the ocean, we want to protect it.

Bianca Clifton

This was a beautiful way of engaging our younger generation… on our beautiful Butchulla country.

Aunty Joy Bonner, Butchulla Community Linguist


We firstly acknowledge the Butchulla Peoples, Custodians of the land, waters, and culture, where we brought our creative dreams alive. 

Music Composition & Artistic Direction: Dr Corrina Bonshek

Performers: DeepBlue, Dr Michael Askill, WHAIA, Greta Kelly and Skylar Sansome leading a team of remarkable young local musicians

Vocal/instrumental improvisation & creative cultural consultant: WHAIA

Large-scale light sculptures: Mimi Dennett

Wearable & small scale light installations: Tiffany Beckwith-Skinner

Prototyping and facilitation for silhouette art: Tiffany Beckwith-Skinner

Collaborating installation artists:

Cultural consultant: Aunty Karen Hall 

Welcome to Country: Joyce Bonner & Karen Hall

Lighting design & Production Manager: Blake Howson

Sound design: Corrina Bonshek with spatialisation by Anna Whitaker, marine recordings by The Oceania Project

Live sound: Aaron Mason

Choreography: DeepBlue and Aunty Karen Hall

Audio & visual footage: by The Oceania Project, Brett Vercoe & The Pacific Whale Foundation

Producer: Corrina Bonshek & Collaborators and DeepBlue Orchestra

Song to the Ocean is co-commissioned by Fraser Coast Tourism & Events and Fraser Coast Regional Council, with assistance of the Australian Government through the Festivals Australia program and the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a partnership between the Queensland Government and Fraser Coast Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

This work is an adaptation of Song to the Earth which was co-commissioned by City of Gold Coast, Bleach*Festival and the Queensland Government through the Regional Arts Development Fund and the Office of the Commonwealth Games and other funding sources, and premiered at Bleach* at Festival 2018.

Presentation History

2023 | Northern Australian Festival of Arts, June 30-July 2. Jezzine Park.

2023 | HOTA – Home of the Arts, May 13. Gold Coast

2021 | Hervey Bay Whale Festival, July 29-30. Seafront Oval, Pialba.

Information for Presenters

Song to the Ocean is available for presentation in Australia in 2023, New Zealand in October 2024, and Asia/North America in 2025.

Presenters Pack for Song to the Ocean

Please get in touch with producer Greta Kelly for more information and to start a conversation.

Email 0422 588 693


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