"Seeing pink elephants" is a euphemism for drunken hallucination, caused by alcoholic hallucinosis or delirium tremens. The first recorded use of the term is by Jack London in 1913, who describes one sort of alcoholic in the autobiographical John Barleycorn as "the man whom we all know, stupid, unimaginative, whose brain is bitten numbly by numb maggots; who walks generously with wide-spread, tentative legs, falls frequently in the gutter, and who sees, in the extremity of his ecstasy, blue mice and pink elephants.
So there! And we all of course remember the scene from Dumbo where he gets drunk and hallucinates all sorts of wackety-schmackety elephants. I love this!!! So much imagination, fantasy and action! I was striving to create something that was just as much of a fever dream and that would have the same intensity using movement and live performance.
I wanted this to be an all inclusive number; meaning it was open to any member of Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society that wanted to be part of my weirdy vision. I was counting on the visual effect of many many dancers in crazy pink costumes. My challenges with this piece involved the varying levels of dance ability in the group and the fact that there were so many of them!! Listen to me Mother @$!@$s!! This was also hard because of scheduling!! Absolutely impossible to have everyone in the same room ever!! Therefore it was important to keep the movements simple and easy to pick up in case you had to miss a rehearsal. You can see where I added a second group after the first two minutes. They were basically the group that couldn’t make it to the first rehearsal! I tried to incorporate movements that suggested weight and insanity.
I felt that the diversity of the group helped the number overall by creating spectacular imagery and helped the choreo as we were able to use the different skill sets for differing sections of the dance i.e. Lacey L’Amour as the Ballerina and Star Buxom as the Belly Dancer. I felt very happy with the overall result but feel that I could have incorporated more tease into the choreography. Hope you enjoy!!
Note: Star Buxom’s solo is all her own choreography! I just told her when to go and she did!!
Double Note: D'oh! Only our rehearsal in on Youtube! If you would like to see how we did at showtime, check out http://vimeo.com/8814209
Triple Note: I've also included the original scene from Dumbo so you can contrast and compare.. we are obviously much better ;)