Updated: Jun 5, 2021
The quality that I always look for in music is, does it inspire movement?
Music is so important as dancers. There are so many kinds of music and within each kind so many artists. The quality that I always look for in music is, does it inspire movement? Music is what drives my choreography and free style dancing. I always want to find music that is unique and therefore will help me create unique movement.
I instantly fell in love with their weird, and creative sound.
Cocorosie is one of the most unique music groups I've heard. They were introduced to me by one of my students. She brought their song Werewolf to class one day and I instantly fell in love with their weird, and creative sound. I then dug into their other songs and found so much movement within.
Cocorosie have an indescribable music style. They create songs using unique and odd instruments including a beat boxer and kids toys. You know the kid books with the animal sound buttons? They use sounds from those toys in several of their songs. Bianca (Coco) has a wavy, almost child like voice while Sierra (Rosie) has an operatic sound. The combination makes for a magical strange creation.
Their songs are beautifully strange and they bring out the messy uncomfortable movement that I love to play with. Some of my favorite songs are Werewolf, Lemonade, Smokey-Taboo, Gallows, and By Your Side.
Werewolf is in my heart. As the first song of theirs I heard, it always inspires and I will never choreograph to it.
Werewolf is in my heart. As the first song of theirs I heard, it always inspires and I will never choreograph to it. It is for free style only. Some songs are just too much of a muse to set anything to.
Lemonade inspired a routine for Being Human, a show I put on with my company, Amaterasu. The dancers on the right are old, remembering the good times and being feeling bitter and sad about it. Wishing they could be that joyous again. The dancers that appear on the left are their youth. The joy and energy of what they used to be.
Smokey-Taboo is beyond weird. How can you not move to it. It has a sound that belly dancers would love and a quark that can never produce anything normal when dancing or choreographing. I've wanted to do a piece to this song for quite a while but it just hasn't quite felt time yet. It needs the right venue for sure.
Gallows is another song a did a small solo piece to for a Halloween showcase at The Vertitude Pole Dance studio that I teach at. It's an eerie sad song about a hanging. The music video is very interesting and I'd recommend a look especially since I used a very shortened cut for my performance.
By Your Side is another one I've been wanting to choreograph to. I have a clear vision of what I'd like to do with it. It's basically about a woman in an unhappy marriage and as bad as it is she is loyal and will not leave. This song is a great example of the unique use of other objects as instruments in their music.
There are so many great songs that they have come out with, I can't name them all. I encourage you to look into this wonderfully strange musical group.