This Saturday, the Dark Festival 2011 pre-party hits the Black Door (10:30 p.m. Jan. 15, 4640 Paradise Road, free), featuring gothic, deathrock, darkwave, industrial and electro DJs spinning prior to a live set by a band I’ve never heard of called De-tached. (The Dark Fest proper is 8 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Aruba, 1215 Las Vegas Blvd. South.) There will also be a performance by self-described “cybergoth belly dancer” Nemesis Noire, 30, from Riverside, Calif.
Since this column is devoted to scraping the underbelly of Vegas’ music scene, I just had to find out what the heck constitutes cybergoth belly dancing. Luckily, Noire graciously agreed to explain her intriguing art form.
How did you become a cybergoth belly dancer?
I’ve been belly dancing for about eight years now, relying on traditional/tribal music, and only got into “cyber-industrial” music in the last four years. My dance style changed along with my musical tastes. I don’t just belly dance, but I also “industrial dance.”
Where do you get your masks and costumes?
I’ve seen other belly dancers use gas masks, but I like using the surgeon-style masks that are custom-made by friends. For costumes, I generally combine the tribal with the cyber look, the traditional married to the dark futuristic.
So what you do is part of the “fusion belly dance” movement?
It’s a combination of different dance styles, with a foundation that originated as “American tribal style.” Fusion dancers use a variety of musical genres and their associated dance elements, including folkloric, Egyptian, Indian, Middle Eastern pop, as well as electronic music, goth, industrial, hip-hop and rock.
How did you get into electronic music?
I started hitting goth clubs and became drawn to the really hard and heavy beats. I listen to the lyrics of songs with my heart, to feel how I want to interpret the music in belly dance.
What does your name symbolize?
Nemesis is the Greek goddess of revenge. Nemesis is particularly concerned with matters of love, and she’s an avenging agent in some stories. I was never lucky in that department, so there’s an emotional attachment between the name and the music I choose, and what I want to show and portray onstage.
You’re a huge Depeche Mode fan. Favorite song?
My favorite song would have to be “The Sinner in Me,” only because I know we all have our “inner demons” to control.