“One of the most innovative choreographers of this generation” – Mikhail Baryshnikov
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, American Ballet Theatre, The National Ballet of Canada, Nederlands Dans Theater, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Sydney Dance Company, Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, BJM Danse Montréal (Resident Artist 05-08), among many others. She has led masterclasses, mentored and collaborated with renowned institutions including The Juilliard School, Harvard University, Canada’s National Ballet School, and The Laban Institute in London.
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 has been a resident artist at The Banff Center since 2009. She has been proclaimed an official Ambassador of Contemporary Choreography in Canada and has received many 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.
She is now based in Brooklyn, NY and is a lover of green tea.
[photos by Don Lee, Kim Williams, Graeme Mitchell & Mike van Sleen]