"Rhythm of Love" by Sydney Burtis
“Rhythm of Love” is an acapella multi genre piece inspired by the song, “Old Skin” by Ólafur Arnalds. It is a collaborative celebration of the art forms tap dance, contemporary dance, and singing. The piece is based on the vocalist and his current mental state. He just experienced a very toxic relationship that put him in an extremely negative place, affecting the way he approaches his everyday life. The one place that gives him ease and peace of mind is within nature, leaving him much inspired by its multitude of elements, therefore affecting his word choice. Because this piece is based on solely him and where he is at emotionally, the dancers are his thoughts, and we are just viewing what is occurring within his mind. The contemporary dancer represents the other person in the relationship, and how she affected him so harshly. The tap dancers are the beat that keep him pushing on to see another day, as well as various representations of anecdotes, the good and the bad, that occurred when they were together. The vocalist leaves the piece in a healthier state of mind after finally feeling okay with letting go of the past.