It’s finally happened! The amazing gothic goddess, Wednesday, has finally joined the ranks as one of our Siren instructors! Wednesday is the twisted, sinister hellion your mother warned you about. A lyra and sling aerialist, drag queen and all around weirdo, Wednesday is a high-concept, narrative-based performance witch, who uses elements of gothic horror and dark humour to satirise modern society through avant-garde, gender-bending drag and Lyra/Sling acts.
Even though she looks like pure hellfire, Wednesday likes to mess with people’s expectations and bias’s by being the most friendly, supportive and well-meaning individual she can be. She might look scary and spooky, but she is a soft-hearted encouragement machine and empath, who loves to make every siren feel like their best selves!
We asked the lovely Wednesday a few questions and got to know her a little bit better! Read on to learn about our strange-and-unusual Siren.
Interviewed by Eva Devore | Photography by Etienne Reynaud and Mia Maraschino
"Madame le Strange"
How long have you been dancing and how did you start in aerials?
I started aerials about 2 years ago!
How long have you been teaching at Sky Sirens and which styles do you teach?
I have worked at Sky Sirens for almost 8 months, however this is my first term teaching at Sky Sirens. I teach Sling and Lyra classes.
What advice to you like to give to your students?
Be fearless! Yes, the things we do in aerials can be really scary sometimes, but you just have to go for it. Listen to your instructor and observe all of the safety information given to you, but at the end of the day you just have to forget how scary it is and actually bloody do it!
Also, perfection is boring. The most alluring and interesting people, places, products, songs and dancers are the ones that have originality and make mistakes. Lean into what makes your dancing unique.
Finally, WE ARE NEVER JUDGING YOU – so don’t be afraid to try things you know you’ll suck at, and just have some fun! Every instructor has been where you are now.
What do you do when you’re not being a Siren?
I’m an editor and writer! I spend a lot of my time writing and editing magazines, mostly in the design and fashion industry, both in Australia and internationally.
When I’m not being a Siren I’m usually being a weird, gothy hermit watching Absolutely Fabulous with my two dogs Sterling and Coltrane, eating Malteasers in my underwear.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
What does this term hold for you?
Finding my voice as a teacher and being the most over-enthusiastic instructor ever – I can’t help it, I get so excited when anyone does anything.
I’m also training really hard this year, I have some personal aerial goals that I’m focusing on and will hopefully have achieved some milestones by the end of the year.