Aszure Barton – Witty and Wild

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

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2 Responses to Aszure Barton – Witty and Wild

  1. Joe says:

    I recently saw Ms. Barton’s work called “Be Little”. It was so incredible. It is the type of work that draws you in and definitely makes you think. I found it so touching but not cheesy (i didn’t want to blink!). Two dancers (a male and female) who wanted to be seen and heard… but they enjoyed being little in size and realized that they could pretend to be anything they imagined. They are as mighty as wolves. It was quite sad and made me smile at the same time. I am not a dance expert so perhaps I am wrong but i was completely moved… maybe it was just movement but wow it is intense and made me feel like i had watched a animated cartoon or something. I hope to see her work in Portland again soon. She made these young dancers explode. Thanks Azsure.

  2. Jade says:

    See her latest work:

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