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 is the founder and director of Aszure Barton & Artists, an inter-disciplinary international dance project. She has also collaborated with celebrated dance artists and companies including Mikhail Baryshnikov, American Ballet Theatre, Teatro alla Scala, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, English National Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company, National Ballet of Canada, 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, Mariinsky Theater, The Kennedy Center, Sadler’s Wells, The Alicia Alonso Grand Theater, Teatro alla Scala, and Lincoln Center.
Barton has received countless accolades and honors including the prestigious Arts & Letters Award, joining the ranks of Oscar Peterson, Eugene Levy, Karen Kain, Paul Shaffer, Alex Trebek, Christopher Plummer, and Margaret Atwood. She was the first Martha Duffy Resident Artist at The Baryshnikov Arts Center and has been proclaimed an official Ambassador of Contemporary Choreography in Canada. 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. Her choreography has appeared in numerous television projects, including the Sundance Channel’s Iconoclasts series with Alice Waters and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
As an educator, she has taught and collaborated with notable institutions including The Juilliard School, Harvard University, The Laban Institute, New York University, among many others. In the fall of 2018, Barton will be joining the faculty as an Artist in Residence at the University of Southern California‘s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. She recently relocated to Los Angeles from New York City where she was based for almost two decades.
Barton started tap dancing at the age of three in her home town of Spruce Grove (Canada).
[photos by Don Lee, Kim Williams, Graeme Mitchell & Mike van Sleen]