Aszure Barton

Artist in Residence

Aszure Barton was born in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) and recently relocated to Los Angeles from New York City where she was based for almost two decades. She received her formal dance training from Canada’s National Ballet School, where she helped originate the Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Showcase as a student. She has now been creating dances for over 25 years and has collaborated with celebrated dance artists and companies including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Teatro alla Scala, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, English National Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Nederlands Dans Theater, National Ballet of Canada, Martha Graham Dance Company, 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 (Paris), Mariinsky Theater (Moscow), The Kennedy Center (DC), The Alicia Alonso Grand Theater (Cuba), and Lincoln Center (NY). She is the founder of Aszure Barton & Artists, an inter-disciplinary international dance project. 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 been featured in numerous television projects, including the Sundance Channel’s Iconoclasts series with Alice Waters and Mikhail Baryshnikov. She has received 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 is an official ambassador of contemporary dance in Canada. As an educator, Barton is regularly invited to collaborate with and give workshops at universities and art institutions around the globe. For more information log on to her
website: www.aszurebarton.com

“Watching the choreography of Aszure Barton is like watching the physical unfurling of the human psyche. Under her direction, every muscle and nerve ending of the dancers seems emotionally charged, transformed from biological entities into agents of humor, torment, lust, and uncertainty. Equal parts explorations of movement and displays of theatricality, Barton’s work has earned her glowing accolades and prestigious commissions across the globe.” – National Endowment for the Arts