Revenge of the nerds
THE term ‘nerd’ is not what it used to be.
Once an insult, typically directed at scholarly individuals considered outside the social norm, it now has a certain kind of clout.
Some even wear the label as a badge of honour, revelling in the popularity of TV shows like Game of Thrones and Dr Who.
Elevating ‘geek chic’ to even greater heights is a new form of burlesque called nerdlesque. Based on pop culture, it explores underground favourites such as Dungeons & Dragons and anime. So what defines a nerd by today’s standards? “A whole lot of passion that you just can’t fake,” nerdlesque performer Dollar Dazzler said.
“In the last five or six years, people have proudly worn the nerd title and it doesn’t have the same stigma anymore because the internet community has taken it back from the bullies.”
Dazzler, who moved to Perth from Melbourne in 2010, has a love of sci-fi with a penchant for Star Trek, Star Wars and Stargate.
“I first watched Star Wars when I was six, it impacted me so much,” she said. “I used to get all the movies and watch them back to back, and I just loved that universe and that story and it has always stuck with me.”
Dazzler staged Perth’s first exclusive nerdlesque show, The Supa Mid-Year Edition, at this year’s Perth Fringe World to a receptive crowd.
“I love the fact that we were on the week of those horrible thunderstorms and we performed at 11.15pm and still had the place over half full,” Dazzler said. “That blew my mind because other people had to shut down their venues.”
Geek-minded locals can catch the show this week with characters such as Loki, Iron Man, Sonic the Hedgehog and Harley Quinn.
Nerdlesque performers Lady Malice and Dollar Dazzler.