Hailed by critics and audiences alike, Canadian choreographer Aszure Barton is the founder and director of Aszure Barton & Artists.
She was born and raised in Canada, and started tap dancing at the age of three. She received her formal dance training at the National Ballet School, where, as a student, she helped originate the ongoing Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Showcase. She also trained at the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart.
Aszure Barton has been commissioned to create works for Mikhail Baryshnikov, English National Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The National Ballet of Canada, Nederlands Dans Theater, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company, Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, BJM Danse Montréal (Resident Artist 05-08), among many others.
Other choreography credits include 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), film and installation projects, and international outreach activities such as Kenya’s Earth Project: Healing the Rift, at the Laikipia Nature Conservancy. Ms. Barton has been featured on the cover of Dance Magazine and her choreography has appeared in numerous television projects, including the Sundance Channel’s Iconoclasts Series with Alice Waters and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
She was the first artist-in-residence at The Baryshnikov Arts Center in 2005. She has been proclaimed an official Ambassador of Contemporary Choreography in Canada and has received many accolades including the prestigious Arts & Letters Award, joining the ranks of Oscar Peterson, Eugene Levy, Karen Kain and Christopher Plummer.
She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY and is thrilled to be working with Bayerisches Staatsballett.