34B Americana!

July is looking to be a busy month for me- but a lot of fun! ūüėÄ

Kicking off the new financial year is Dr Sketchy’s with the gorgeous Ruby Riccadonna. ¬†Bring lots of pencils as between us there are a LOT of curves ahead! See the Facebook event for details.

Then an event I am very excited about- 34B Burlesque Americana. I will be doing something I have wanted to do for a long time.
As some of you know Dolly Parton will be visiting our shores in November and I with some help from Renny Kodgers will be giving you a sneak preview.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss it! This will be bigger than Texas. See the event and you can buy tickets here- http://www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=48352&ref=moshtix&skin=

Seats are only a little extra- so make a night out of it and bring your friends!

What is Burlesque to YOU?

I am a Burlesque groupie turned performer, and as such I have seen a lot of shows. In fact this month marks the 2 year anniversary when I first saw Burlesque show (a short amount of time compared to most really).

In the last couple of weeks I have been to and performed in many shows, including those at The Australian Burlesque Festival, Gallery Burlesque, The Burlesque Effect Fundraiser, Gallery Burlesque and Gotham Fatale Present Comic Strip, Starwars Burlesque at the Vanguard and Miss Burlesque Finals.

At one of these shows I overheard someone say that a routine wasn’t Burlesque as there was no stripping/nudity.

I also went to a strip club with some performers in Melbourne and it was interesting for me to see what is different about it, compared to what I have seen at Burlesque shows. (Funny story when I was watching the first stripper I had a rather automatic thought where are her nipple pasties?!? Rather amusing really and a sign I have seen a LOT of Burlesque…)

I am not going to discuss what Burlesque is to me for now, as I would love to see some discussion on it.
The Oxford Dictionary defines it as:
1. an absurd or comically exaggerated imitation of something, especially in a literary or dramatic work ; a parody (this is probably the more historical meaning)

2. a variety show, typically including striptease.

I want to know what is Burlesque to you?

Is it Burlesque if there is no striptease?

Is it Burlesque if a routine is largely a striptease?

Is it Burlesque if someones bra/top doesn’t come off (in the case of female performers)?

Australian Burlesque Festival 2011

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to go to Melbourne to perform at the Australian Burlesque festival. It was  a wonderfully fun, completely exhausting and totally revitalising extra long weekend. My interest in burlesque and performing has grown not just by seeing so many great performers but also meeting so many people from all over Australia that I had previously only known from Facebook.

The ‚Äúweekend‚ÄĚ started on Thursday flying down to perform at the Baby Bombshells show. This show was for new performers with one performer chosen to perform at the Big tease a couple of days later.

Unfortunately I didn‚Äôt get to see many of the shows due to having to rush out to replace a vital forgotten item of costuming (thank goodness for late night shopping) but what I saw made me confident of the future of Burlesque in Australia. All the performers were wonderful in the genre of burlesque they performed. It was wonderful to meet Alexandra Charles who is a local Sydney girl with so much class and true tease in her performance ( I can’t wait to hang out with her some more) . Monique Le Minx was adorable, naughty and has a smile that lights up a room- and another really sweet person! ¬† The Divine Parody (Miss Lulu Bisou and Lallah L’amore) who were chosen to perform at the Big Tease are so much fun and really nice women too. I can‚Äôt wait to see them perform in Sydney too ( I am trying to convince them to make the trip up)! I am looking forward to the show reels being published so that I can see all the other performances!

What was so exciting for me was the reaction I received from the crowd that night and for days to come with messages and compliments paid to me. The crowd was wonderful! Afterwards so many people came up to me congratulating me on my performance. One woman even admitted even though her daughter performed I was her favourite! Over the next few days I received messages on Facebook and at other shows from audience members and fellow performers saying how much they enjoyed my performance.

 

Over the next few nights I attended all the shows and I enjoyed seeing the variety of talented performers from this country and the overseas guests. Empress Erotique and the Cabaret Carnivale were a highlight for me. An impromptu photo shoot in the naughty room with some of the other burly girls was truly hilarious during a break at Empress Erotique had some spectacular resulting photos. The antics of The Boy Wonder, Khandie Kisses and The Astonishing Johnny Domino gave the festival a truly hilarious finale! There were too many fabulous performances to single anyone in particular out but Khandie Kisses won lots of hearts both in the audience but from the burly girls who loved seeing her energy onstage. She really inspired me to use my physicality more when I perform.

 

On the last night a few of us found out that our flights had been cancelled the next day, so along with some Melbourne friends we partied on until they kicked us out. So much fun! Khandie Kisses brought out the wild burly girl in us all with her wonderfully outrageousness, champagne flowed freely(!)  and we danced and danced even though we were unsure of how we were going to get home. Some plans were hatched and many offers extended for a place to sleep if we got stuck.

 

The next day in lieu of my flight I had a sleep in, a long brekky and booked the train for the next day just in case.  Between attending shows every night and shopping every day I was too exhausted to do anything else (my feet especially feeling like they would fall off) so I decided to risk going to the airport.  I managed to talk my way into the special queue instead of the long one heading out the door (a smile, being nice and some weirdly shaped luggage goes a long way). I managed to get the second last seat on a special flight heading out late that night!  Even though I would have loved to stay in Melbourne longer, I was simply exhausted and wanted to be in my own bed and to give Cleo my Cat a big cuddle!

I want to thank the festival organisers for giving me this opportunity and especially Dolores Daquiri¬†who gave me such wonderful feedback and advice. I can’t wait to return to Melbourne and catch up with all the lovely people I met and to perform at Melbourne’s luscious venues!

 

Gallery Burlesque & Gotham Fatale Present: Comic Strip

I can’t wait to fill you all in on all the fun I had in Melbourne last week! Still writing it up- you will have to wait a couple of days.

In the meantime If you want to see my next performance come to Comic Strip this Saturday at Q Bar- Oxford St.

I will be the Borg Queen who has come to assimilate the audience into the collective. Trust me though when you see her, you won’t mind ūüėČ
For more details see the event page: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178533172205631

Australian Burlesque Festival 2011

I am very excited to be performing at the Australian Burlesque Festival Baby Bombshells Show.
Just making the final touches to my costume. I am so excited I have been staying up way too late!

Must refrain from entering lots of smiley faces here –>

If you are in Melbourne I hope to see you there!

June 9th at Blue Diamond Queen St.

XC

Introducing Cherry

I wanted my first blog to be something special, profound, insightful!
I set aside some time on Sunday afternoon to think and write something… but I woke up from a long sleep in and opened the curtains to a beautiful sunny day. The markets, fresh muffins (sold out!) and chocolate slice (was yummy!) called out to me. Procrastination hit me, an ongoing theme in my life. So instead I will write a little introduction.

Who is Cherry Lush?

Well for those who don’t have the pleasure of knowing me, I am a Burlesque Performer, Cabaret Singer and sometimes Pin-up model based in Sydney Australia. I have only been performing for 16months but it is something I love!

By day I work in Environmental Management and am often found out on a work site telling big old men what to do! I am not always successful but a bit of red lippy goes a long way!

I was born and live in Sydney Australia. It is truly my home and although it has flaws, from my travels I know of few other places I would want to live. I live with my Cat Cleo, who right now is trying to get my attention by getting in the way of my computer. You will read more about her in time.

Why am I blogging?

Well, I like to talk. I think all the time and I have lots to say. Despite being a big talker, I often can’t express myself effectively. MASSIVE case of foot in mouth disease.
This is a medium for me to talk about things that are on my mind which I can attempt to make sense!

I am not a professional writer. My blogs will be full of grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and the like.

There are other things that will emerge from cherrylush.com.au¬†in time… Not telling right now!

What will I blog about?

My performances, my life, my cat, things I like.

I am a curvy plus size woman, so I will be writing a lot about body confidence, self-esteem, clothes that flatter, the politics of the “plus size” movement and more.

If you have a suggestion for something you would like me to blog about contact me on the form below.

I would love to hear from you and would encourage comments. Please note that I will delete anything offensive or trollish.
Welcome! I can’t wait to hear from you, and if you see me at a show please come up and say hi! I don’t bite, unless you are really good-looking…