Acclaimed Canadian Dance Company Aszure Barton & Artists at Irvine Barclay Theatre
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Although a flute, harp and viola combination may seem odd at first, no other trio proves as enchanting or evocative -- a discovery made by Claude Debussy who wrote one of his best pieces for just such a grouping. Combining the dreaminess of the harp with the emotional precision of the viola and the high notes of the flute, the Myriad Trio has a range of feeling few other ensembles of any size can match. Formed by principal players of the San Diego and Dallas Symphonies, the trio plays traditional pieces as well as world premieres they commission themselves, such as David Bruce's The Eye of Night. During their concert at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, they will play Bruce's piece in addition to stirring works by Respighi, Natra, Bach and Debussy. Learn More
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I went to the event with my husband. It was our first time going to a contemporary dance performance. We had bought balcony seats but were very pleasantly surprised to pick up orchestra seats in the third row at the Will Call!
Parking was in a UCI structure nearby. They accept both cash and card. The walk to the theater took about 3 minutes. The exterior of the theater itself was nearly completely nondescript if not for the lights outside. The interior was new and well-kept. Preshow and intermission drinks can be purchased at the theater.
The show was phenomenal. It was neither too abstract nor far-fetched for the motley crowd. The moves were elaborate but natural enough for any layperson to follow and enjoy visually, physically, and emotionally. The choreography was graceful, articulate, whimsical, uninhibited, witty, and poignant all at the same time. And the dancers were stellar on their own and in a group.
It was such an enjoyable performance that even folks with two left-feet like I do could not contain myself. I was wiggling in my seat and my toes were doing the same inside my sneakers!
It's such a pity that they're in town for only a night : ( for I would have loved to watch it again with friends! I can't wait to see Aszure Barton & Artists again! Please come back to town soon!
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- "Barton makes dance that moves through the body like a firecracker. It's an unstoppable explosion of amazing, full-out movement that feels fresh and unique." --<em>The Globe and Mail</em>
Aszure Barton has earned the distinguished reputation of producing striking choreography for stage and film, and together with her intimate ensemble, she continues to develop critically acclaimed productions around the globe. Barton’s works have toured in Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Asia, Africa, Canada, and the United States. In spring 2010, the company finished a whirlwind tour throughout Europe and North America with performances in Germany, Austria, Russia, Canada and the U.S. The company’s 2011 tour includes engagements throughout North America.
Barton is the founder and director of Aszure Barton & Artists, an organization dedicated to the growth of artists and production of contemporary dance performances. She is an artist in residence at The Banff Centre in Canada and The Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City, and was proclaimed the official Ambassador of Contemporary Choreography in Alberta, Canada.
Aszure Barton was born and raised in Canada and started tap dancing at the age of three. She received her formal training at the National Ballet School in Toronto, where, as a student, she helped originate the ongoing Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Showcase. She has created works for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Hell's Kitchen Dance, The National Ballet of Canada, Nederlands Dans Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (Resident Choreographer 2005–08), Sydney Dance Company, The Juilliard School, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Martha Graham Dance Company, among others.
In 2006 Aszure choreographed 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. Aszure Barton has performed with many celebrated artists and companies including Mikhail Baryshnikov | Hell's Kitchen Dance, The National Ballet of Canada, Wendy Osserman Dance Company, and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal.