Burlesque In Preview
â€œWeâ€™re mostly circus performers and musicians. We also tend to take our clothes off once in a while.â€
For siblings Tanya and Adrienne, otherwise known as the Wau Wau Sisters, their performance is a whole lot more than your bog-standard burlesque show. â€œWe call ourselves the only two-girl circus in the world.â€
The girls have been performing their act for the past 11 years, playing an abundance of festivals and winning awards for their unique show. â€œWhen we were kids we both did gymnastics and both sung songs like we were superstars, and weâ€™re both doing the same silly things now,â€ says Adrienne.
The duo fuses together circus performance such as trapeze, tongue-in-cheek musical numbers and cheeky costume changes. The result is a fun, frivolous journey into the realm of the unexpected. â€œWhat you come out with isnâ€™t what youâ€™d expect. We fuck around with our audience a lot. We bring them up on stage or we sit on their laps as we change outfits. As performers, we like to go further than weâ€™ve ever gone before. Doing something weâ€™re afraid to do is liberating.â€
Although their show is not solely a burlesque show, the girls do spend a fair amount of stage time sans clothes - though the act doesnâ€™t depend on it. â€œI find performing liberating - if Iâ€™m taking my clothes off is besides the point. A lot of men are doing it now but itâ€™s rarely referred to as burlesque; it makes me laugh because people will be like â€˜Oh, heâ€™s a magicianâ€™ and I say â€˜I know, but he just took all his clothes off to music!â€™â€ laughs Adrienne.
Nudity aside, the pair cite music as a major influence on their act and have released four albums over the years. â€œOur music is very tongue-in-cheek. Itâ€™s not something youâ€™d want to listen to all day but you may have a friend over and say, â€˜You need to hear this song, itâ€™s so silly and dirty!â€™
â€œWe also like cheesy â€˜80s rock. One of our signature trapeze acts is to â€˜Welcome to the Jungleâ€™ by Guns Nâ€™ Roses. I like everything we do to be funny and to make the audience laugh.â€
As for the future, the Wau Wau Sisters are setting their aim high. â€œWeâ€™d like to keep touring, release a movie, a fashion line, a perfume, a book of poetry and a reality show.â€
Catch the Wau Wau Sisters at the Harvest Festival, Brisbane Botanic Gardens on November 19.