Project XII, a new work directed and choreographed by Aszure Barton, will make its way to the Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre next month. The work is performed by seven internationally acclaimed dancers and will feature an original score by Lev ‘Ljova Zhurbin’ and Curtis Macdonald.

“Project XII (Awáa) speaks of awakening, awareness of self, growth, motherhood, love and harmony with others. All this results in a presentation that is sad, happy, funny, mesmerizing, picturesque, aesthetically beautiful to behold and curiously inspiring.” – Susan Hickman, Dance Critic

Aszure Barton is a strong believer in allowing the dance to speak for itself and hopes that each person present will have their own individual experience with no imposed limitations. “I do not want to bind your findings with words. The physicality of the dancers is passionate, inspired and emotionally powerful. The musical score will be percussive and alive. I hope you will be touched in some way, and that the work resonates with you”, says Aszure Barton.

 Benjamin Kamino
[Benjamin Kamino]

Canadian born and raised, Aszure Barton has collaborated with and created works for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Hell’s Kitchen Dance, The National Ballet of Canada, Nederlands Dans Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Sydney Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Les Chiche Capon, The Juilliard School, Ballet BC, The Chutzpah! Festival and BJM: Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (Resident Choreographer 2005 to 2008), among many others.

 Andrew Murdock
[Andrew Murdock]

Aszure is an artist in residence at The Banff Centre in Canada as well as the proclaimed official Ambassador of Contemporary Choreography in Alberta, Canada.
Aszure Barton and Artists is a collective of visual, sound, and performing artists. Barton’s works have toured to Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Asia, Africa, Canada, and the US and is an audience favourite of the Chutzpah! Festival.

Project XII (Awáa)
Dates: October 24 to 28, 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28, 2 pm matinée
Venue: Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre, 950 West 41st Avenue (2 blocks west of Oakridge Skytrain)
Tickets: Adults $30; Seniors $26; Students $22 (excluding HST); available by phoning 604.257.5111 (no service charge by phone), online, or Tickets Tonight

Project XII is a co-production of The CanDance Network Creation Fund, National Arts Centre, Danse Danse, Canada Dance Festival, Le Grand Théâtre de Québec, La danse sur les routes and The Banff Centre. It is supported by the Dance Section of the Canada Council for the Arts and The Banff Centre’s Performing Arts Residency program.

All photos courtesy of Kim Williams.

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