Untouched

Aszure Barton, Choreography
Jonathan Alsberry, Assistant to the Choreographer
Njo Kong Kie, Curtis Macdonald, Ljova, Music
Nicole Pearce, Lighting Design
Fritz Masten, Costume Design
*Choreography was created in collaboration with the dancers of HSDC

Using music by saxophonist and composer Curtis Macdonald, pianist and musical director Njo Kong Kie, and Russian-born violist Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin, Barton collaborated with each dancer independently and, based on these personal interactions, created environments on stage in which each performer is an individual and all are united by a shared language. All the choreography was developed prior to selecting music, so the music is completely in service of the rhythm of the movements created by Barton and the dancers. This led to the dance being very personal to each company member and very specific to Hubbard Street, giving dancers the feeling that “If we weren’t there, this piece wouldn’t be,” as dancer Kevin Shannon explains. Barton counted the rhythm for Untouched in a uniquely disjointed fashion, allowing dancers to develop new styles of movement. “With Aszure it’s not about how many steps you do, it’s what you do with the steps that makes the piece,” states Shannon.

Created for and premiered by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, June 3, 2010. Technical support provided by Omaha Performing Arts, Omaha, NE. Music by Njo Kong Kie: “When Wellesley Weeps,” from the album Picnic in the Cemetery as recorded by Day OFF for Music Picnic.  Music by Ljova: “Famous People Montage” from the album A Lost Bohemia s remixed by Curtis Macdonald. Music by Curtis Macdonald: “Alluvion Discovery”. Music by Njo Kong Kie: “Goethe’s Park,” ”Parle Moi”, “Lost Dreams,” “Toujours” from the album Picnic in the Cemetery as recorded by Day OFF for Music Picnic. Available on www.musicpicnic.com.

The Sara Lee Foundation is the Lead Sponsor of Untouched with support from the Bold Moves for Bold Women event sponsors and attendees and members of the Choreographic Circle: Doris and Howard Conant and Randy and Lisa White.


Meet The Choreographer

Aszure Barton was raised in Alberta, Canada. She is the founder and director of Aszure Barton & Artists. As well as perpetually producing new work for her own project, Barton has choreographed for many prestigious individuals and companies worldwide including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Fang-Yi Sheu, The National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre, Sydney Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Les Ballets jazz de Montreal, The Juilliard School, among many others. She choreographed the Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera starring Alan Cumming, Jim Dale, Nellie Mackay, Ana Gasteyer, and Cyndi Lauper (translation by Wallace Shawn, directed by Scott Elliott). Barton is the recipient of numerous grants and awards from across North America and overseas and has choreographed several international film projects. She has also participated in international outreach activities, including Kenya's Earth Project: Healing the Rift, at the Laikipia Nature Conservancy. Barton's works have been performed in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Australia, Europe, U.K., the United States, and Canada. Barton was the Resident Choreographer for Les Ballets jazz de Montreal from 2005-2008 and is an artist in residence at both the The Banff Centre and The Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City. She was recently proclaimed Ambassador of Contemporary Choreography in Alberta, Canada. Aszure received her formal training at the National Ballet School, and also trained at John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart, Germany. She has had the opportunity to perform with celebrated artists and companies including Mikhail Baryshnikov, The National Ballet of Canada, Les Ballets jazz de Montreal, and Hell's Kitchen Dance.

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