Numfar! Do the Dance of Seduction! Nerd Burlesque, Performing Fandom, and the Whedonverse
Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses 5; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., 2012
“I would like sexuality to be part of the show.” – Joss Whedon
A band of gorgeous misfits gathered aiming to misbehave. They were a crew much like the Scoobies or the Browncoats – brave and beautiful, funny and sexy, smart and inspirational. Instead of the Library, the Magic Shop, The Hyperion Hotel, the Firefly class ship called Serenity (or the Dollhouse, thank goodness), their home was the stage. These performers were subversive in answering an unspoken question – “What is Sexy?” – with diversity and playfulness. Blending body positivity, creativity and a pop culture obsession, they illustrated that fandom can be found in the most surprising places. Here, it was in Whedonesque Burlesque.
“Numfar! Do the Dance of Seduction!” combines fan, performance, sexuality, and Whedon studies with field research including interviews with nerd burlesque performers and burlesque historians to investigate how performance is a physical embodiment of fan fiction. This multi-media presentation will titillate both body and mind through its exploration of how the dominant themes of the Whedonverse (sex, death, feminism, family) make burlesque both a particularly entertaining and profound place for fan expression.