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Barton is clearly brilliant.

San Francisco Chronicle

Barton is clearly brilliant.

This became obvious toward the end of "Over/Come," the work for 13 dancers (sans Baryshnikov) that opens the evening.

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Awáa: It is an extraordinary work

The Washington Post

Awáa: It is an extraordinary work

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.

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Power and Humanity

Times Union

Power and Humanity

Like moving water, “Awáa” is elusive; you can’t pin it down to a narrative or form. But you wouldn’t want to—its way of pulling you in while hovering just beyond easy grasp is part of what makes it so rich, and the power and humanity of its dancers is what binds it just tightly enough to earth.

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Brilliant Barton

Palm Beach Arts

Brilliant Barton

Performance and craftsmanship seamlessly fused into some very superb dance.

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The National Ballet at its best

The Toronto Star

The National Ballet at its best

The humblest corps member is as crucial to the total effect as the most exalted principal. Happily, nobody in this production lets the side down. The dancing is splendid throughout; the National Ballet at its best.

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Thrilling

Picture This Post

Thrilling

Within seconds “Indomitable Waltz” snags you wholesale into its explorations of fluid vs. tension.

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Awaa is an important work

The Dance Critic by Sophie Flack (NYC)

Awaa is an important work

With Awáa Barton raised the bar high...for dance in general. It is an important work.

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Genius

The Globe and Mail

Genius

Aszure Barton created Watch Her for the National in 2009, and this return confirms its genius.

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“Les Chambres” offers an entire world

The New York Times

“Les Chambres” offers an entire world

Aszure Barton’s “Chambres des Jacques” is something else entirely: a rare instance of a dance that feels as if it were plucked straight from the choreographer’s extremely specific imagination and set, full-grown, onstage. “Les Chambres” offers an entire world, full of surprise and humor, emotion and pain, expressed through a dance vocabulary that takes ballet technique and dismantles it to near-invisibility.

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Body of Work

NEA Arts Magazine

Body of Work

Watching the choreography of Aszure Barton is like watching the physical unfurling of the human psyche.

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A stunning piece of work

612 ABC Brisbane

A stunning piece of work

“It is this last work, entitled Sid's Waltzing Masquerade that the company chose to bring to The Playhouse for a short season - and what a stunning piece of work it is!”

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Moments in Light

De Beers

Moments in Light

I have experienced so many special moments in my life that have reminded me to stay as present as possible and to keep trusting my intuition and heart.

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Look at Me

New York Magazine

Look at Me

Baryshnikov protégée Aszure Barton choreographs what every dancer wants—and fears.

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Barton’s musicality is impeccable

The Backstage Beat (Atlanta)

Barton’s musicality is impeccable

I never thought it would be possible to make a crotch grab inoffensive, artful, and moving. It happened this past weekend at the Ferst Theater.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Gets a “Lift”

St. Louis Post Dispatch

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Gets a “Lift”

a richly theatrical sensibility that takes full advantage of the possibilities inherent in music, movement, lighting and space

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Fluid and emotional with powerful subtlety

Mooney on Theatre

Fluid and emotional with powerful subtlety

...something so fluid and emotional with powerful subtlety and focused energy

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Exquisite and Engaging

Broadway World Houston

Exquisite and Engaging

Aszure Barton’s choreography is an extravaganza of arresting, jarring, and altogether unusual movements.

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Aszure Waves of Grace

San Francisco Classical Voice

Aszure Waves of Grace

With Barton’s imagination, the pieces of the puzzle glide and float together, forming a fluid ecosystem that feels as if it’s still growing and changing as the curtain falls.

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Awáa Floods with Emotion and Rhythmic Heart

The Vancouver Observer

Awáa Floods with Emotion and Rhythmic Heart

Water is something that carries us through the piece, whether it be in the form of a womb, replenishment, or a tear, it is a vital part of the journey.

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Awáa Moves in Ways You’ve Never Seen

The Georgia Straight (Vancouver)

Awáa Moves in Ways You’ve Never Seen

The final image, of a man who has just done an empowered, masculine solo turning to melt into Barclay’s arms like a child, is one of the most moving dance closers I can remember.

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A Dynamic Cleveland Debut

The Plain Dealer (www.cleveland.com)

A Dynamic Cleveland Debut

What makes “Les Chambres des Jacques” so enchanting and forceful is the outpouring of feeling Barton extracts from her dancers.

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Ever-creative Aszure Barton taps water dream for Awáa

The Georgia Straight (Vancouver)

Ever-creative Aszure Barton taps water dream for Awáa

“I’m unafraid in that realm of the emotional ... I’ve dedicated my life to this thing and it is everything for me and it makes me very emotional. Why not celebrate that and share that?”

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Original Virtue

The Village Voice

Original Virtue

The news that Aszure Barton trained and/or performed with the National Ballet of Canada, Jir Kyli and Maurice Béjart; danced with Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal; and prowls New York's downtown scene hardly prepares you for her daring, craftsmanship, and musicality.

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Expect the Unexpected

Broad Street Review (Philadelphia)

Expect the Unexpected

Surprising, meditative, thought-provoking, thought-transcending: Barton is definitely a choreographer to watch.

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Visually Stunning

The Daily Sundial (Northridge)

Visually Stunning

With great flexibility, movement and an array of music, Aszure Barton & Artists left the audience mesmerized.

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Trying to Teach a Music Hall How to Dance

The New York Times

Trying to Teach a Music Hall How to Dance

Beginning on Wednesday, American Ballet Theater will present its only New York performances of the fall at Avery Fisher, breaking with a 12-year tradition at New York City Center.

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You’re Confronted with Yourself

The Banff Centre Blog

You’re Confronted with Yourself

Banff Summer Arts Festival Preview

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WILD: Choreographing LIFT (Alvin Ailey)

The Huffington Post

WILD: Choreographing LIFT (Alvin Ailey)

Acutely aware that the irritable elk mamas just might mistake us for kidnappers, I experienced that familiar apex of excitement and fear – the thrill of possibility, the anticipation of adventure.

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Women@Art

Houston Ballet

Women@Art

Stanton Welch [artistic director, Houston Ballet] discusses the powerful repertory in Women@Art.

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Awáa at the Canada Dance Festival

The Ottawa Dance Blog

Awáa at the Canada Dance Festival

Project XII speaks of awakening, awareness of self, growth, motherhood, love and harmony with others.

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Dance is Ever-Evolving

The Boston Globe

Dance is Ever-Evolving

Barton's creative process leaves room for tinkering.

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On a Different Flight Path, A New Ballet Takes Off

Houston Chronicle

On a Different Flight Path, A New Ballet Takes Off

Her entire process is unlike anything the company has worked with before.

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Hear, Feel, Move, Dance

The Banff Centre Blog

Hear, Feel, Move, Dance

Sound is vibration, vibration is movement … and movement is dance.

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Tip of the Tongue

The New York Times

Tip of the Tongue

Ms. Barton is audacious.

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Catherine Lu Interviews Aszure Barton (radio)

The Front Row, 91.7fm KUHA radio

Catherine Lu Interviews Aszure Barton (radio)

They are all of these things that are human beings.

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Teeth and Claws

The Village Voice

Teeth and Claws

Aszure Barton is a skillful choreographer with a very interesting mind. Little in her dances is completely straightforward or uncomplicated.

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Unique Choreography

Jewish Independent (Vancouver)

Unique Choreography

Creative, powerful, surprising; at times joyful, at times heartrending.

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AB&A Showcases Innovative Work Around the Globe

Dance Informa

AB&A Showcases Innovative Work Around the Globe

Since its launch in 2002, Aszure Barton & Artists has astounded audiences with its innovative productions.

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A Soulful Collaboration (Alvin Ailey)

Times Square Central

A Soulful Collaboration (Alvin Ailey)

[LIFT] is an emotional whirlwind, encompassing balletic fluidity as well as animalistic movement. It is simply stunning.

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