Aszure Barton & Artists

ASZURE BARTON, FOUNDER, DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER, was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and has created works for Mikhail Baryshnikov/Hell's Kitchen Dance, Fang-Yi Sheu, Ekaterina Shipulina/Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Nederlands Dans Theater, The National Ballet of Canada, Houston Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, Sydney Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Martha Graham Dance Company, The National Ballet School of Canada, The Juilliard School, New York University, and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (Resident Choreographer 2005-08), among many others. 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), numerous film and installation projects, and international outreach activities such as Kenya’s Earth Project: Healing the Rift, at the Laikipia Nature Conservancy. Aszure has performed with many celebrated artists and companies including Mr. Baryshnikov, The National Ballet of Canada, Wendy Osserman Dance Company, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal and others.  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. She was proclaimed the official Ambassador of Contemporary Choreography in Edmonton, Alberta and more recently received the Banff Centre’s Koerner Award for Choreography. In 2012 she was honoured with Canada’s prestigious Arts & Letters Award. She was the first artist in residence at The Baryshnikov Arts Center in 2005 and has been an artist in residence at The Banff Center since 2009. Ms. Barton is currently creating a new work for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. 

Aszure Barton & Artists is a collective of visual, sound, and performing artists, cohering in creative residencies in Canada and the United States to evoke the movement-based vision and free spirit of its founder.  Aszure Barton has earned the distinguished reputation of producing striking choreography for stage and film, and together with her intimate ensemble, she continues to develop critically acclaimed productions around the globe. Her works have toured to Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. 

Aszure Barton & Artists offers residencies, lecture demonstrations, masterclasses and workshops. One of our goals is to ignite interest and enthusiasm for dance by sharing the creative process with people, young and old, around the world.

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