“So it is in life. Light and dark are in constant flux. But typically, the extremes get all the attention. It’s the anguishes and ecstasies that mostly interest us; the ability to cope rarely makes for a compelling story. But in Barton’s hands, equanimity provides a rich vein of material, and serenity is a deeply moving aesthetic.” – Washington Post
“Performance and craftsmanship seamlessly fused into some very superb dance.”
Malpaso Dance Company will perform indomitable Waltz tonight in Austin and Saturday evening in Atlanta!
“Canada’s National Ballet School to perform Aszure Barton-Mikhail Baryshnikov ballet Come In”
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Here are some lovely comments about our performance at Norhrop:
“I have not been so thrilled by a modern dance company since Sage Cowles brought Twyla Tharp here back in the late 60s. Wow. Please bring this company back. What they do is really and truly unique and new. Thanks so much for this performance!”
“The Aszure Barton performance was out-of-this-world. The way the dancers moved their bodies, the sound effects of water, the choreography…..it was incredible!! I’ve passed the word to many people…”
“Holy wow wow wow wow. The BEST dance company I have seen in many years. More than dance. ART. This is something new. Powerful. I am deeply moved. Thank you Aszure Barton & Artists and thank you Christine Tschida at Northrop for bringing this incredible company to us.”
“I was so deeply moved by Aszure Barton & Artists’ work. I saw your performance in Toronto this week and I can’t express my gratitude enough… THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart Aszure Barton & Artists. Congratulations!”
– Amber Courtney
“@newyorkcitycenter – just saw a BRILLIANT company Aszure Barton & Artists – Awáa — the most phenomenal thing I’ve seen in my life!” – Ivette Dumeng
“After a pause, we were treated to a hypnotic performance of AWAA (adapted for Fall for Dance), by Canadian born contemporary choreographer Aszure Barton and her international group, Aszure Barton & Artists. AWÁA translates to “one who is a mother” in the language of the Haida, an aboriginal people living on the west coast of Canada. The piece opens with a large, glowing red ball in the dark at the back of the stage, center, with the talented William Briscoe dancing silhouetted in front of it to mesmerizing music by Curtis MacDonald and Lev “Liova” Zhurbin. When the glow of the ball faded out of sight, I missed it, but not for long, as the brilliant cast and choreography carried me forward, along with an appreciative audience. The dancers performed the musical work with aplomb and deserve mention. Along with Briscoe were Jonathan Emanuell Alsberry, Lara Barclay (the only female in the cast), Tobin Del Cuore, Thomas House, Jeremy Raia, and Oscar Ramos. I have previously seen and enjoyed some of Barton’s works. Awáa is my favorite, to date, making my Fall for Dance experience worthwhile; so I am looking forward to seeing more of Aszure Barton & Artists in the future, a fascinating use of contemporary dance.” – BroadwayWorld.com
@aszurebarton “thank you for your work. I am still processing Awáa from New York City Center. I haven’t seen a performance that powerful and moving in many many many years. I’m so deeply moved. thank you.” Don Ripley
“life changing. So happy I saw it at city center” – Dasha Shwartz
We will be performing in New York City September 28th & 29th! Click here for information!
I am excited to announce that we will be perform at Sony Centre as part of Fall for Dance North this fall! Thrilled to be a part of this exciting festival @ffdnorth – Tickets go on sale Friday, August 12th at 10AM! Click here for more info: http://www.ffdnorth.com/
Aszure’s new work Indomitable Waltz will premiere in Havana tonight!
AB&A’s Jonathan Aslberry is staging Untouched on Los Angeles Ballet. They will perform the work this season!
Join us at Chicago Dancing Festival next month!
Performance 1 (MCA) : August 24th 6pm
Performance 2 (MCA): August 24th 8pm
Performance 3 (HARRIS): Aug 25th 7:30pm
Los Angeles Ballet will perform work by Barton, Balanchine and Cerrudo in their upcoming 2016-2017 season! Click here for more info.
Aszure’s new creation will premiere at this beautiful theater in Havana this September.
“…Fantastic Beings. Of all the voices this evening, Barton’s is the one I hear most clearly: someone who is confident of what she can coax from the dancers, skilled in putting it together with subtle and witty imagery (enhanced by Burke Brown’s lighting and Michelle Jank’s costumes), and assured in making the music an equal partner to the choreography. … the technical demands Barton brings out of the dancers are inspired and in turn the dancers — particularly Isaac Hernandez — respond with a precision, clarity and imagination that is thrilling to see. Fantastic beings indeed.” – Nicholas Minn, Writing About Dance
“But the showstopper is saved for last, Fantastic Beings by cult Canadian choreographer Aszure Barton. An identikit green-clad cast descend on to the stage, shimmering and gliding eerily – a la Mars Attacks – en pointe, leaning as one, as if the earth has shifted on its axis mid-performance. It’s pure imagination pulled off with enormous technical skill that’s nothing short of haunting.” — CityAM, London
“a triumphant end to an inspiring evening.” – Fjord Review (London)
“And finally after my heart had been torn by the life of Frida and Medea I returned to my seat expecting the story of pain to continue, but again nothing prepared me for ‘Fantastic Beings’ from Aszure Barton.
And what a sensational piece to end with, it was totally different seemingly set in a distant future where the 16 strong cast are dressed in slick bodysuits creating an androgynous-like society that danced the complex contemporary ballet perfectly against a dark ominous backdrop infused with digi-techno sets and lighting. The music was booming, the dancing precise, emotionless, linear.
I was so impressed by the choreography, blown away by the dancers and constantly whispering “wow” “wow” “omg”. And just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, the dancers returned to the stage in what can only be described as silky flowing gorilla-like costumes that they jiggled and shimmered, jumping and leaping in total unison, like one harmonious, individual-less tribe.”
– The Wonderful World of Dance, Editors Reviews
“quite rightly brought the house down” -Daily Express (UK)
We love reading all of the tweets and email messages being sent our way!
Here’s are some sweet tweets:
– @ENBallet i couldn’t sleep after seeing Aszure Barton’s #Fantastic Beings – art at its finest! Brilliant, powerful, of our time.@aszurebarton
– @AszureBarton integrity and skill – thank you #FantasticBeings #EnglishNationalBallet
– @ENBallet Fantastic Beings: exhilarating.❤❤❤ #ENBSheSaid
“Aszure Barton inflects the classical language with a wonderful strangeness – brooding missed beats, skittering deviations, and an exhilaratingly bold eye for pattern.” -The Guardian (London)
A great video sharing some insight into Aszure’s latest piece, Fantastic Beings, for English National Ballet.
Tickets are available by clicking here.
Alberta Ballet will premiere Aszure’s Happy Little Things (Waiting on a Gruff Cloud of Wanting) this week and next!!!
Premiering next weekend, Bayerische Staattsballett will perform Adam is. Click here for tickets!
We are thrilled to announce that Aszure Barton & Artists received an NDP Grant! We will be collaborating with Malpaso Dance and will make a new work for the company next year. The work will premier in Cuba and then tour the world! Special thanks to the Joyce Theater Foundation for making this all possible. We can’t wait!
Jonathan Alsberry will perform two solos. Click here to purchase tickets!
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We are so pleased to announce that Aszure has been invited back to Munich to create another work for Bayerisches Staatsballett. Her new creation will share a program with classic works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. This program premieres on December 20, 2015 and will be performed throughout the companies season.
Originally created for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Untouched now lives with the glorious dancers of Ballet du Rhin in France. Untouched will premiere in Mulhouse on April 25th, alongside works by Glen Tetley and Benjamin Millepied. Click here for more info.
Alberta Ballet has commissioned Happy Little Things (Waiting On a Gruff Cloud of Wanting) for their 2015/2016 season. Aszure created this piece for The Juilliard School in 2009.
“Canadian gen-Xers Crystal Pite and Aszure Barton consistently rank among the most compelling dancemakers on the continent.” – The Washington Post
Join us at Dance from the Heart, January 26 at The Joyce Theater. We are in good company with Marcelo Gomes, Ashley Bouder, Amar Ramasar, Isabella Boylston, Cory Stearns, Sonya Tayeh, and others. Get your tickets today at https://www.dradance.org/DFTH2015 #dancefromtheheart #dradance #aszurebartonandartists
We had an amazing run at Baryshnikov Arts Center! Thanks to the staff at BAC! It’s such a pleasure to come home!
Aszure Barton & Artists at Baryshnikov Arts Center – www.luckymagazine.com
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is performing Aszure’s LIFT at NY’s City Center this season. Click the image to find out more!
Aszure and her assistant Jonathan will be setting extracts of Come In on the dancers at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto starting next week. Aszure created this work for Mikhail Baryshnikov and twelve young dancers, including numerous members of Aszure Barton & Artists, in 2006. Come In toured internationally for two seasons and Aszure is thrilled to be revisiting this piece with NBS. The performances will take place in Toronto in May 2015.
“It is an extraordinary work, full of fantasy and surprises, yet grounded in recognizable behaviors. The seven excellent dancers in Barton’s troupe, Aszure Barton & Artists, interact with a childlike sense of wonder, and we’re swept up in their awed discoveries.” – The Washington Post
“So it is in life. Light and dark are in constant flux. But typically, the extremes get all the attention. It’s the anguishes and ecstasies that mostly interest us; the ability to cope rarely makes for a compelling story. But in Barton’s hands, equanimity provides a rich vein of material, and serenity is a deeply moving aesthetic.” – The Washington Post
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“Amazing show last night at Stanislavky Theater, Moscow! How I missed to watch real contemporary dance! @aszurebarton congratulations on the amazing choreography!” – catarinacoelho96
“With Awáa Barton raised the bar high…It is an important work. This is the direction of dance: profundity without story and without boundary in terms of genres, musical composition, even gender. Aszure Barton & Artists are captivating, and they give themselves completely to the dance. Barton’s choreography feels organic despite the cerebral energy that’s gone into the piece’s creation and execution. This work says that ballet is not dead; it is living and breathing and has evolved into another beast that is difficult to define, and that leaves us short of breath and without words to describe the profundity of its meaning.” – Sophie Flack, The Dance Critic, NY
“First day back in the studio with my team…butterflies EVERY time!” – AB
Aszure Barton & Artists at the Moscow Stanislavsky Music Theatre
Friday, September 19th & Saturday, September 20th
We look forward to sharing Awáa with you all!
Image of AB working with the students at NBS
Aszure & Jonathan are in studio at the beautiful Baryshnikov Arts Center in NYC
Aszure’s work Untouched will be performed by Ballet de l’Opéra national du Rhin
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Join Aszure & Jonathan at Peridance from 4-6 all week!
AB&A perform Awáa is Moscow September 19th & 20th, and in Novosibirsk (SIberia) September 22nd
Aszure is starting a new work next week in NYC
Aszure is honoured to have collaborated with Mary McCartney, Debeers, and Women for Women International earlier this Spring.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is performing Aszure’s work throughout Europe this summer. Please visit the Alvin Ailey website for more information!
We are teaching at Peridance (NYC) July 21st-25th, 2014 — JOIN US!
AB&A’s rehearsal director, Jonathan Alsberry, loved working with the dancers at Springboard this summer!
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is back in NYC, performing Aszure Barton’s LIFT at Lincoln Center. Tickets are still available here.
Aszure’s work, Sweet Dream, will be performed at Juilliard tomorrow!
Aszure and dancers will be teaching workshops/aud-shops in New York this Summer. We can’t wait to see some familiar NYC faces as well as meet some new ones. Click below for more information.
STEPS on BROADWAY: Contemporary Masters Series June 30th – July 4th, 2:30-4:30pm
Peridance Capezio Center: Masterclasses July 21st – 25th, 4:00-6:00pm
Aszure’s piece, Watch Her, opens this evening in Toronto. Click here for tickets!
Aszure Barton’s LIFT will be performed this spring 22 times! See below for when LIFT will be near you.
February 6/8th, 2014: Washington, D.C. Kennedy Center Opera House
February 13/16th, 2014: Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
February 21st/23rd, 2014: Miami, FL Adrienne Arsht Center for the Perf. Arts
March 1, 2014: matinee + evening, Chicago, IL Auditorium Theatre
March 7/9th, 2014: Chicago, IL Auditorium Theatre
March 23rd, 2014: Las Vegas, NV Smith Center
March 29/30th, 2014: Costa Mesa, CA Segerstrom Hall
April 1st/4th/6th, 2014: Berkeley, CA Zellerbach Hall
April 22nd, 2014: Chapel Hill, NC Memorial Hall
April 25th, 2014: St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre
April 27th, 2014: Springfield, IL Univ. of Illinois- Sangamon Auditorium
May 1st/3rd, 2014: Boston, MA Wang Citi Theatre
May 10th, 2014: Newark, NJ NJPAC
Aszure will be teaching two masterclasses at Alonzo King LINES Dance Center the week after our San Francisco performances. Sign up here and receive $10 off if you register before February 1st.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Additionally, Alvin Ailey will be performing LIFT in Washington, DC in February as well. Tickets for that performance, on February 6th and 8th, 2014 are available here.
Tickets are now on sale to see Alvin Ailey perform Aszure’s latest work, LIFT. Tickets are available here, and going quickly!
We are happy to announce that Aszure Barton will be creating a new work for Bayerisches Staatsballett this season (13/14). The work will première in Munich, Germany in April of 2014. Burke Brown (design), Linda Chow (costumes), and Jonathan Emanuell Alsberry (assistant extraordinaire) will be along for the ride!
We will be hosting a live aud-shop in NYC this fall. Mark your calendars for September 29th, 2013!
In our city of dreams, space is cozy and spots will be limited.
Please RSVP by sending the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 16th, 2013:
– a brief bio (250 words max)
– photograph (JPG only)
– a video link (1min in length)
– citizenship / working status in the United States
There will be a $25 participation fee for the workshop/audition. This will help cover our running costs for hosting all of you. Payment and schedule details will be coming soon.
It’s been a gloriously busy summer for AB&A so far.
We are thrilled to share that Aszure spent the last month in the creation process with the dancers at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. You can find out more about their upcoming season here. Aszure’s new work will premiere in December – we hope to see you there.
Wishing you a lovely and relaxing month of August!
We are expanding our dancing family for future projects!
Please submit the following to email@example.com
so that we can get to know more about you:
– a brief bio (250 words max)
– photograph (JPG only)
– a video link (1min in length)
– citizenship / working status in the United States
Please submit by July 6th, 2013.
“Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Joyce season will consist of two programs and will feature works by some of the most important choreographers on the international scene: Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, and Aszure Barton.”
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will be performing Aszure Barton’s Untouched
in New York City, this week and next, at the Joyce Theater, May 14-24th, 2013.
Tickets are available by clicking here or by calling JoyceCharge at (212) 242-0800.
Aszure Barton’s Les Chambres des Jacques (extraits) will be performed at Palais Garnier (Opéra National de Paris) by the dancers of Canada’s National Ballet School, Aszure’s alma mater. The performance is part of the Gala des Écoles de Danse du XXie siècle. Aszure will be flying off to Paris with the dancers tomorrow. It is such a fantastic opportunity for the students and we are delighted to be part of this exciting adventure.
Please join us, it would be a pleasure to share this special evening and celebrate with you!
The dancers will be joining young artists from all over the world including:
l’École de Danse de l’Opéra National de Paris
la Accademia Alla Scala (Milan, Italy)
Royal Danish Ballet School (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Bolshoi Ballet Academy (Moscow, Russia)
Royal Ballet School (London, England)
John Cranko Schule (Stuttgart, Germany)
Balletschules des Hamburg Ballett (Hamburg, Germany)
Aszure Barton was honoured in New York City
with the 2012 Arts & Letters Award.
Hosted by the Canadian Association of New York Foundation (CANY), the annual black-tie charity event recognizes prominent Canadians who have made significant contributions to their communities, in both Canada and the United States. Canada’s National Ballet School, of which Aszure Barton is an alumna, was the principal beneficiary of this year’s Maple Leaf Ball; proceeds from the event supported NBS students in need of financial assistance.
Things have been amping up this autumn for Aszure Barton & Artists.
Aszure is back in Houston, TX prepping for the premiere of Angular Momentum TONIGHT, September 20th. Do you have your tickets yet? You can get them by clicking here or by calling (713) 227-2787.
On the AB&A front, we’ve been busily getting ready for the upcoming tour. We’ve got a new album up on our Photos Page with new images from this summer’s performances of Awáa. As always, don’t forget to check Facebook and Twitter for the latest happenings in Bartonland.
ps: check back next week for something special!
We are thrilled to be announcing the cities for our upcoming fall tour to Canada, the United States and Europe.
Aszure Barton & Artists will be performing Awáa and Busk as well as teaching master classes.
October 13th: St. Poelten, Austria
October 24th-28th: Vancouver, BC
November 3rd: Tuscon, AZ
November 13th: Sherbrooke, QC
November 16-17th: Montréal, QC
November 20th: Kingston, ON
November 22nd: Brampton, ON
November 24th: St. Catharines
Aszure has headed south for the rest of the summer and begun creation on a new work for Houston Ballet.
Mark your calendars Texas! The new piece will be performed as part of Women@Art, September 20-30th in the Brown Theater at Wortham Theater in Houston.
Hello and a happy welcome to our updated site!
We are so excited it’s here, and alongside many creations and cross-continent travel. Awáa had a beautiful première at the Canada Dance Festival and will be touring the United States, Canada and Europe this coming fall.
We’re hoping this blog can be a place for you to get a peek into the studio as well as the latest news and performance information. As always, you can also follow Aszure Barton & Artists on Facebook and Twitter.
Aszure Barton & Artists has a busy summer ahead!
Awáa had a beautiful première at the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa at the beginning of June. Susan Hickman, dance critic, wrote a wonderful review:
Project XII (Awáa) speaks of awakening, awareness of self, growth, motherhood, love and harmony with others. All this results in a presentation that is sad, happy, funny, mesmerizing, picturesque, aesthetically beautiful to behold and curiously inspiring.
Aszure Barton & Artists will be performing Awáa again at the Banff Centre on Saturday, June 30th at 9pm. Click here for more information.
AB&A dancers will also be performing in the première of Aszure’s latest creation alongside the artists in the Banff Centre’s Professional Dance Program. This new work is the result of the Koerner Award in Choreography awarded to Aszure by the Banff Centre earlier this year. It will be performed as part of the Dance Masters show running Wednesday, July 18th through Saturday, July 21st. More information and tickets are available here.
Finally, Aszure will be traveling down to Houston, TX to create a new work with Houston Ballet. This piece will be performed September 20-30th as part of their Women@Art program. Tickets go on sale Monday, August 6th!