Ok then! This piece has become somewhat of a signature for me! Up until me Mime number, I felt that this was my best piece. I feel like its in a bit of a evolutionary stage at this point, but reflecting might actually help me figure out where to go with it next!
Unicorns. Oh Unicorns. So I’ve developed abit of a reputation as a crazy Unicorn lady. However, some people are surprised to know that this is not an infatuation that I’ve had since childhood. I actually HATE horses. HATE HATE HATE! So stompy and bitey and throwy. Fuck you horse! Ok so I got thrown off a horse when I was a kid and they made me get back on as a figurative and literal life lesson. I wanted to watch Duck Tales! So pissed. So very, very pissed. Anyway I just don’t like ‘em. Think about it... who paralyzed Superman? AN EVIL EVIL HORSE! So how and why am I making such an extraordinary exception just because it has a horn?? IRONY my friend. The idea of Unicorns and their magical majesty cracks me up. What is more magical or precious than a Unicorn? Mother Effing NOTHING thats what!!! I also have a very special affinity for the children’s movie “The Last Unicorn.” You know how you have 12 movies that you watch when you’re a kid. Over and over and over and over and over. And over? Ya we watched this one alot. This movie made a serious impression on me as a child and I still think its all kinds of hilarious and awesome to watch now that I’m an older child. I also had a boyfriend of April’s past start a “Who has the best Unicorn profile pic” on Myspace about 4 years ago. Yes. Myspace. And the whole thing was hilarious. Unicorn Love solidified. To further prove said love, I had a Robots vs Unicorns birthday party. There were about 30 different variations in Unicorn costumes so I had lots of inspiration to work with after that. Burgundy Brixx even came with a single staff of corn on her head. AHahahahah! Brillz!! After all this, It just seemed obvious that this number HAD to happen- and so it did.
I chose the theme song from The Last Unicorn, which in case you haven’t heard, is epically ridiculous. I found inspiration for the choreo to this tune in my lyrical jazz dancing past. I think this was also at the time when I was more apt to be doing too much jazzy choreo instead of teasy stuff. I’m wondering if I should replace the first song with a more classic Bulesque feel but then I’d probably need a new song. Dilemma!! I think the silly lyricalness of the first part of the dance actually works out quite well overall because it almost becomes a satire of all lyrical pieces and how infinitely cheesy they can be. I also found inspiration from the 80s movie Fame. You know how you have 12 movies that you watch when you’re a teen? Over and over and over and over and over. And over? We watched that movie over and over again at me olde dance studio between classes. After the 100th time of watching CoCo decide its a good idea to go to a “producers” house for some test “filming”, we started to PSA the younger kids about it. Whats a bad idea? Thats a bad idea. So creepy!! But reenacting that scene as a Unicorn is one example of how incongruence can make two conflicting subjects very very funny.
I’m abit stuck with how I want to develop this number. Do I switch up the first song? Do I keep it in all its cheesy glory? I have since developed a confetti cannon horn that shoots confetti when I, erhm, get excited at the end. I also need to spend some time and love on making the entire outfit prettier. If you have any thoughts, please feel free to let me know!!! In the meantime, please enjoy my Unicorno.
My adventures in Burlesque Choreography!