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Aszure Barton & Artists

Aszure Barton

Awáa + Busk

16. 17 Nov. 2012

“The brilliant New York-based Barton produces delectable works that are quirky, deep, cheeky and poignant. Her quicksilver, unpredictable movement always astonishes the eye.” (The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Canada)
“Just when you think you’ve seen everything, along comes a choreographer whose work packs such a jolt that it knocks you off your seat.” (Metroland, Toronto, Canada)
A Canadian choreographer whose pieces Les Chambres des Jacques and Jack in a Box were presented at BJM – Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal in 2008, Aszure Barton is back at Danse Danse with her New York company Aszure Barton & Artists and a program consisting of Busk plus a new work entitled Project XII.
The word “busk” comes from the Spanish root word “buscar”, meaning “to seek”. The piece explores the dancers’ progress as they seek self-expression, growth and development.
Created in 2009, it is a co-production involving several institutions: The Banff Centre, Danceworks (Santa Barbara), the Ringling International Arts Festival, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota, Florida) and the Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York). Since its initial presentation at the Ringling International Arts Festival, Busk has toured Canada, the United States, Russia and Italy.
"A gourmet feast for the eyes and ears was had by those fortunate enough to witness the spectacular blending of modern dance and contemporary music.” (Cleveland Examiner, USA, review of Busk)
"Project XII considers the hard and the soft, the curved and the sharp memories of the feminine. Now, more than ever, I am a strong believer in allowing the dance to speak for itself and I hope that each person present will have their own individual experience with no imposed limitations. I hope to offer an experience and share my truth. Awáa is a creative alliance composed of dancers, composers, and lighting, costume, textile and set designers. An original soundscore will be designed by Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin and Curtis Macdonald.” Aszure Barton

Aszure Barton
Aszure Barton was born and raised in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) and started tap dancing at the age of three. She received her formal dance training at the National Ballet School in Toronto, where she was one of the founders of the Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Showcase. She also received training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart, Germany. She has been commissioned to create for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Fang-Yi Sheu, Ekaterina Shipulina (Bolshoi Ballet), Nederlands Dans Theater, The National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, Sydney Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Martha Graham Dance Company, The National Ballet School of Canada, The Juilliard School, New York University (Tisch School of the Arts), Steps Ensemble (NY, USA), The Laban Institute (UK), Arts Umbrella Dance Company (Vancouver, Canada), and BJM – Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (Resident Choreographer 2005-2008). Other work includes choreography for the 2006 Broadway revival production of The Threepenny Opera directed by Scott Elliott (translation by Wallace Shawn and starring Alan Cumming, Jim Dale, Nellie Mackay, Ana Gasteyer, and Cyndi Lauper), numerous film and installation projects, and international outreach activities such as Kenya’s Earth Project ‘Healing the Rift’ at the Laikipia Nature Conservancy. She was also commissioned to choreograph an excerpt for the production of Salome starring Al Pacino, Kevin Anderson, and Jessica Chastain, directed by Estelle Parsons. Ms. Barton has performed with many celebrated artists and companies including Mikhaïl Baryshnikov, Hell’s Kitchen Dance, The National Ballet of Canada, Wendy Osserman Dance Company, and BJM – Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. She has been artist in residence at The Banff Centre in Canada and the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City. She has received numerous awards and grants internationally including Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts du Québec, Alberta Culture, the Trust for Mutual Understanding among others. Ms. Barton was featured at IdeaCity, The Meeting of Great Minds, (Toronto, ON) in 2010 and was proclaimed the official Ambassador of Contemporary Choreography in Edmonton, Alberta. Most recently, Ms. Barton was awarded the Koerner Award by the Banff Centre.

"This is the Arshile Gorky of choreographers… I thought that the audience was going to explode from its seats... Aszure Barton, where have you been? Where are you going? The art of choreography needs you.” (, USA)

Aszure Barton & Artistsis a collective of visual, sound, and performing artists, cohering in creative residencies worldwide to evoke the movement-based vision and free spirit of its founder.  Aszure Barton has earned the distinguished reputation of producing striking choreography for stage and film, and together with her intimate ensemble, she continues to develop critically acclaimed productions around the globe. Her works have toured to Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Asia, Africa, Canada, and the United States. 
Lenght: 1 h 50

Choreography Aszure Barton. Dancers Jonathan Emanuell Alsberry, Lara Barclay, William Briscoe, Tobin Del Cuore, Nicholas Korkos, Andrew Murdock, Davon Rainey. Lighting Design Burke Brown. Costume Design Linda Chow. Original Music Curtis Macdonald, Lev «Ljova» Zhurbin with select, additional tracks by various artists including Johannes Brahms and Gal Costa. Video Tobin Del Cuore. Awáa is a co-production of the CanDance Network Creation Fund, National Arts Centre, Danse Danse, Canada Dance Festival, the Grand Théâtre de Québec, La danse sur les routes du Québec and the Banff Centre. It is supported by the Dance Section of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Banff Centre's Performing Arts Residency program. Premiere Canada Dance Festival in June 2012. Length
45 minutes.


Choreography Aszure Barton. Dancers Jonathan Emanuell Alsberry, Lara Barclay, William Briscoe, Tobin Del Cuore, Nicholas Korkos, Andrew Murdock, Emily Oldak, Davon Rainey, Kyle Robinson, Robyn Mineko Williams, Arika Yamada. Lighting Design Nicole Pearce. Costume Design Michelle Jank. Projected Images Shannon DMOTE Peel. Music ;Ljova and the Kontraband with additional music by various artists. Rehearsal Assistant Jonathan Emanuell Alsberry. Busk was co-commissioned by the Banff Centre (Banff, Canada), Danceworks (Santa Barbara), the Ringling International Arts Festival, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota, Florida) in association with the Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York, USA). Busk has been made possible by generous support from Danceworks (Santa Barbara), and the Creative Residency Program at the Banff Centre. Additional support has been provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. Thank you to Mikhail Baryshnikov, Stanford Makishi, Kelly Robinson, and Dianne Vapnek for believing in and supporting this project.Length 45 minutes.



2012-2013 SEASON

BJM - Les Ballets Jazz de MontréalHofesh Shechter CompanyFrédérick Gravel / Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroupJosé Navas / Compagnie FlakAszure Barton & ArtistsTAO Danse TheaterLa Otra OrillaCarte BlancheT.r.a.s.h.Fondation de danse Margie GillisMaría Pagés CompañíaSinha Danse / Constantinople