Aszure Barton at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Dance Magazine – April 2008
photo by Matthew Karas
During my first semester at Barnard, Aszure Barton, post-modern’s “it” girl, choreographed an ensemble piece for about fourteen dancers for the departmental dance performance at Miller Theater. I remember feeling riveted by the movement. It was feisty, quirky, fierce, and intensely emotional. Since then, Barton has been on my radar, so I was thrilled to see her featured on the cover of last month’s Dance Magazine, which celebrated women choreographers. In the cover story, Barton discusses her childhood, experiences as a dance student, and her approach to choreographing for various companies and for her own dance group, Aszure & Artists. Here’s one statement from Barton that has really resonated with me:
I am interested in how people move, but much more fascinated with what moves them.
Unfortunately, the beautiful studio photographs of Barton that appear in the printed magazine aren’t online, but you can at least get a feel for what they’re like based on the cover shot by Matthew Karas. Read the full article about Barton here.
Mikhail Baryshnikov and Hell’s Kitchen dancers rehearse Aszure Barton’s Come In at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 2007
photo by Andrea Mohin