Re­venge of the nerds

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Sara Fitz­patrick

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.

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Nerd­lesque per­form­ers Lady Mal­ice and Dol­lar Daz­zler.

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