The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of
Miami-Dade County proudly presents:
THE VIVALDI PROJECT “4”
A Collaboration in the Visualization of Music Featuring
DECADANCETHEATRE & NU DECO ENSEMBLE
Brooklyn’s Award Winning Hip-Hop Dance Company Joins Forces with Miami’s Own
Groundbreaking Genre-Bending Chamber Orchestra to Perform
World Premiere Commissioned by the Arsht Center
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $28 – $60
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall
MIAMI, FL April 2017 – Performing a world premiere commissioned by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Jennifer Weber, director of Brooklyn’s hip-hop dance company DECADANCETHEATRE and Miami-based composer Sam Hyken, co-artistic director of Miami’s genre-bending chamber orchestra NU DECO ENSEMBLEcollaborate to create a new work that combines classical music and hip-hop dance. This exciting fusion of music and dance will be presented Friday, April 28, 2017 in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall as a special addition to the Center’s 2016-2017 MASTERWORKS SEASON – MEIDAR AND ALFI FAMILY FOUNDATION CLASSICAL MUSIC SERIES.
The evening’s program highlights a unique collaboration by DECADANCETHEATRE and NU DECO ENSEMBLE for the world premiere of “The Vivaldi Project ‘4’.” Commissioned by the Arsht Center, “The Vivaldi Project ‘4’” is a genre-bending reimagination of Vivaldi’s classic work “Four Seasons” created by Nu Deco’s co-artistic director Sam Hyken. They will also join together to perform Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” (based on a Russian folktale).
NU DECO ENSEMBLE will be performing Bach’s “Toccata y Fuga” (one of the most famous in the organ repertoire and featured in the Walt Disney film Fantasia); and “Nu Deco Suite #1—The B Sides” (composed by Sam Hyken).
Based in Brooklyn and redefining theatrical hip-hop since 2004, DECADANCETHEATRE, described by The New York Times as “intensely emotional and casually streetwise,” has become a key ambassador of authentic, New York City hip-hop culture around the world through performances, workshops and creative commissions. Led by artistic director Jennifer Weber, the company represents a global vision of hip-hop with an international roster of dancers from the U.S., France, Mexico and Norway.
Miami’s NU DECO ENSEMBLE is a virtuosic and eclectic chamber orchestra designed for the 21st century, presenting various styles of music, art, and media collaborations in both traditional and alternative venues. Working in conjunction with local musicians, composers, DJs, dancers, visual and media artists, NU DECO ENSEMBLE creates a new hybrid of compelling musical and multi-media experiences. Blending masterful musicianship with a wide range of repertoire from classical to pop, NU DECO ENSEMBLE strives to be South Florida’s leader in genre-bending musical exploration. “If you’ve ever been deeply moved by a song in which melodic vibrations take a ride down your spine and make every hair stand on end, you’ve experienced musical frisson. NU DECO ENSEMBLE, Miami’s own chamber symphony, packs an auditory punch to do just that,” states The Miami Herald. “I am very excited about this collaboration of Jennifer Weber and Sam Hyken in what I expect to be something very special,” said Liz Wallace, Vice President of Programming at the Arsht Center. “Having DECADANCETHEATER and NU DECO ENSEMBLE perform together is not to be missed.”