Hailed by critics and audiences alike, Canadian choreographer Aszure Barton is the founder and director of Aszure Barton & Artists. She has created works for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, English National Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Nederlands Dans Theater, National Ballet of Canada, Martha Graham Dance Company, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Sydney Dance Company, Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, among many others. Her works have been performed on countless international stages including Palais Garnier, The Kennedy Center, The Stanislavsky Theater, Sadler’s Wells, and Lincoln Center.
Other choreography credits include the 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), film and installation projects, and international outreach activities such as Kenya’s Earth Project: Healing the Rift, at the Laikipia Nature Conservancy. Ms. Barton has been featured on the cover of Dance Magazine and her choreography has appeared in numerous television projects, including the Sundance Channel’s Iconoclasts Series with Alice Waters and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
She was the first artist-in-residence at The Baryshnikov Arts Center in 2005 and was a resident artist at The Banff Center from 2009-2013. She has been proclaimed an official Ambassador of Contemporary Choreography in Canada and has received accolades including the prestigious Arts & Letters Award, joining the ranks of Oscar Peterson, Eugene Levy, Karen Kain and Christopher Plummer.
Ms. Barton was born and raised in Alberta, Canada, and received her formal training at the National Ballet School, where, as a student, she helped originate the ongoing Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Showcase.
Currently based in Brooklyn, she is a lover of green tea.
[photos by Don Lee, Kim Williams, Graeme Mitchell & Mike van Sleen]