Australian cabaret artist Tessa Waters has strong ties with the Northern Rivers.
Australian cabaret artist Tessa Waters has strong ties with the Northern Rivers.

Tessa Waters: A disco diva from the stars

TESSA Waters is an Australian comedian and artist who routinely travels between London, Melbourne and Lismore.

The artist studied clowning and physical theatre in France under Philippe Gaulier, the master-clown who also trained British comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, 2006) and Emma Thompson.

She will be bringing her cabaret and children's shows to the Northern Rivers from 2017.

The reason: Waters' parents are now living in Lismore for work reasons.

Tessa Waters performed for the first time in the Northern Rivers at the Brunswick Picture House's Cheeky Cabaret last month.

"I am looking at bringing my children's show to the area during Christmas holidays and also touring my solo show Womanz in the first half of 2017 and trying to build a network up there since there is such a great audience, and really hungry for good work and crazy shows, which is definitely what I do." she said.

Water said her children's show, called How to be a Rock Star, is aimed to 3 to 8 year-olds and promotes body positivity and confidence through rock'n'roll and dance.

"It's about getting kids to express themselves, and be aware of how they thing about their bodies and how can they empower themselves when they stand, move or dance, and celebrate their individuality" she said.

How to be a Rock Star has toured around Australia and the UK for the last 12 months.

"I am looking for venues, ideally 'd like to take the show to different locations in Lismore and other areas," she said.

Tessa Waters' cabaret show is called Womanz, an adults-only show that was featured at the Cheeky Cabaret last month.

"She's my alter-ego, the super hero within, a disco diva from the stars to encourage body positivity, feminism and sexual liberation for men, women and everyone in between," she said.

"The shows is an hour long, and it explains where Womanz comes from, she comes from the stars to explode art in people's faces, she's a bit like Wonder Woman."

Waters said that Womanz was developed while training with Gaulier.

"Womanz came out of wanting to create a gorgeous, sexy but also very real and vulnerable character that celebrates everything about being a woman and who has this infectious joy and sexuality that encourages the audience to meet her on the same level," she said.



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