During the 2016 spring break, GVSU Dance took 21 students to perform and take classes at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) East-Central Conference that was hosted by Western Michigan University. Two pieces were performed and adjudicated by a panel of professionals, and The Swing of Things That No Longer Swing, a dance by Senior Mackenzie Strom, was chosen to perform at the Gala Concert presented on the final night.
This layered dance was full of nuanced imagery and ideas that developed as the work progressed, so that the viewer reflected back and better realized the work’s depth after the piece ended. The audio score thoughtfully integrated morse code, ambient sound, old radio audio of a baseball game, advertisements, and music to create an era-specific environment that evoked post war era uncertainty. Masterfully danced by an ensemble of strong women, the sculptural lighting and simple, yet well-designed costumes complemented the themes of this work, which resonated with both history and currency.
Mackenzie Strom and dancers Tessa Brinza, Coral Howard, Jennifer Lynnes, Mackenzie Meckl, and Kaye Suarez have been invited to participate in the Festival.