Aszure Barton, an award-winning New York City choreographer, was born and raised in Canada. She received her formal training at the National Ballet School in Toronto, where, as a student, she helped originate the ongoing Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Showcase. To date, she has collaborated with and created works for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ekaterina Shipulina/Bolshoi Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Bayerisches Staatsballet, The National Ballet of Canada, Houston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Nederlands Dans Theater, Sydney Dance Company, Ballet British Columbia, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (Resident Choreographer 2005-08), among many others. Aszure has also led masterclasses, mentored and created for renowned training institutions including Harvard University, The Juilliard School, New York University, Arts Umbrella, Canada’s National Ballet School and The Laban Institute (United Kingdom).
Other work includes choreography for 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. Aszure’s choreography has been featured in numerous film and television projects, including the Sundance Channel’s Iconoclasts Series with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Alice Waters.
She is the founder and director of Aszure Barton & Artists, a collective of visual, sound, and performing artists, and her work continues to tour to Europe, Asia, and Africa as well as Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and the United States. She was the first artist-in-residence at The The Baryshnikov Arts Center in 2005 and has been a resident artist at The Banff Center since 2009. She was proclaimed the official Ambassador of Contemporary Choreography in Edmonton, Alberta and has received many awards including the Koerner Award for Choreography. In 2012 Aszure was honoured with Canada’s prestigious Arts & Letters Award, joining the ranks of Oscar Peterson, Eugene Levy, Karen Kain and Christopher Plummer.
photos by George Lange, Don Lee (courtesy of the Banff Centre), Graeme Mitchell and Mike van Sleen