The Strawberry Siren performs Strawberry Sundays
The Strawberry Siren Q&A
By: Crimson Cookie
CC: You have been performing since you were 12 years of age. Does it ever feel like you’ve spent 16 years on the stage?
SS: Hell yes!!!! But I wouldn’t have it any other way! Every time I try and take a break from stage life I slowly but surely end up back under the lights!
CC: ‘Cirlesque’ is such a cute and cheeky name to describe your performances. Has it always been your intention to combine your circus, theatre and dance experiences?
SS: Definitely. I have all these amazing skills; it would be a shame to leave them all behind.
CC: Congratulations on being crowned Miss Burlesque Victoria 2010! Have you won previous awards regarding your performing talents?
SS: No titles as such. But many rewarding experiences and shows that I have been privileged to be a part of.
CC: How long have you been teaching burlesque dancing?
SS: I used to teach Circus to kids when I was younger and I have always enjoyed sharing my skills and knowledge with others. I only started teaching Burlesque this year though and I’m loving it.
CC: Graduating after 7 years with the Flying Fruit Fly Circus is an achievement. Was it difficult leaving the circus group?
SS: It was very difficult! Not only was everyone in the Circus my ‘family’ but also it was a lifestyle that I was so used to. I was used to constant touring, training and performing and when all of that stopped suddenly, I was a little lost!
CC: What would have been your favorite destination whilst traveling overseas and why?
SS: My favorite destination I have performed in was Hawaii! It was my last tour with the fruit fly’s and it was such a beautiful place. Although my favorite place that I have been overseas is Venice! I went there for my birthday last year and it was magical!
CC: How different was living in New Zealand and performing to the crowds there as opposed to Melbourne audiences here?
SS: The Burlesque scene in New Zealand was only just starting to take off when I was there. There weren’t many performers or many events happening but the audiences loved it! I did a bit of corporate work and was in a Burlesque production for Wellington Fringe, which sold out!
CC: How long has your show ‘Cabaret Cirlesque’ been performing for and what are your future plans?
SS: Cabaret Cirlesque launched in August last year, it was a monthly event at The Toff in Town and ran till the end of last year. I took a bit of a break from my events for a bit, while I concentrated on my performing. But Cabaret Cirlesque will return in February next year and will run three times a year, as will my other events…. Bare-knuckled Burlesque & Bands, which returns this weekend at the Tote! And Strawberry Sundays which is my new event, launching on November 14th at Red Bennies!!!!!
The Strawberry Siren performs Strawberry Sundays at Red Bennies Nov 14th.