Biography

She has been called “brilliant” by the San Francisco Chronicle, “audacious” by the New York Times, the Globe & Mail has called her choreography “genius” and the Boston Globe considers her “a rare accomplishment in the world of contemporary dance.” Choreographer Aszure Barton has collaborated with celebrated dance artists and companies including 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, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, among many others. Her works have been performed on countless international stages including the Palais Garnier (Paris), Mariinsky Theater (Russia), The Kennedy Center (DC), Sadler’s Wells (London), The Alicia Alonso Grand Theater (Cuba), and Lincoln Center (NY).

Other choreography credits include the Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera directed by Scott Elliott, translated by Wallace Shawn, and starring Cyndi Lauper, Alan Cumming, Jim Dale, Nellie Mackay, and Ana Gasteyer; film and installation projects, and international outreach activities such as Kenya’s Earth Project: Healing the Rift, at the Laikipia Nature Conservancy.  She 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.

Aszure has taught and collaborated with notable institutions including The Juilliard School, USC, Harvard University, Canada’s National Ballet School, The Laban Institute, The Bolshoi School, New York University, among others. She was the first Martha Duffy Resident Choreographer at The Baryshnikov Arts Center in 2005 and was proclaimed an official Ambassador of Contemporary Choreography in Canada in 2009. Throughout her career, Aszure has received countless accolades and honors including the prestigious Arts & Letters Award, joining the ranks of Oscar Peterson, Eugene Levy, Karen Kain and Christopher Plummer.

She recently relocated to Los Angeles from New York City where she was based for seventeen years.

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[photos by Don Lee, Kim Williams, Graeme Mitchell & Mike van Sleen]