Work It

For some people, 4/20 is a holiday. It’s an excuse to smoke as much pot as humanly possible and guiltlessly eat bags upon bags of Cool Ranch Doritos dipped in agave nectar. (Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it, bro.) But this Saturday at the New World Center (500 17th St., Miami Beach), 4/20 promises a natural body high in the form of original compositions, choreographed dance performances, visual art, and spoken-word poetry. Led by the New World Symphony’s artistic director, Michael Tilson Thomas, New Work is a curated evening of firsts. And debuting his electro-acoustic work, O Bury Me Not, American composer Ian Dicke is just one of the extraordinarily talented artists showcasing new material at the Frank Gehry-designed concert hall. “The future vitality of the music that we write, perform, and share relies heavily on building new audiences,” Dicke recently said in an interview with Austin’s CultureMap. “There have been many ongoing debates on how to reboot the appeal of art music to younger audiences. Our take is that there isn’t anything wrong with the music itself; it’s the way we package it.” O Bury Me Not, which Dicke wrote for an eight-member ensemble, will kick off the night and will be followed by O, Miami’s presentation of new poetry. Also, New York City Ballet soloist Justin Peck will debut Chutes and Ladders, his nine-minute pas de deux, after the world premiere of visual artists Tyler Adams and Pascual Sisto’s collaborative video. Canadian composer Zosha Di Castri’s world premiere of Lineage is scheduled to bring New Work to a close.
Sat., April 20, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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