Dancers: Jonathan Alsberry, Lara Barclay, William Briscoe, Tobin Del Cuore, Benjamin Kamino, Andrew Murdock, and Davon Rainey
Original score: Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin and Curtis Macdonald
Lighting design: Burke Brown
Costumes: Linda Chow
Visual content: Tobin Del Cuore and Don Lee
Premiere: The Canada Dance Festival, Ottawa; June 8th, 2012
Run time: 69 minutes
Commissioning partners: National Arts Centre, Danse Danse, Canada Dance Festival , Le Grand Théâtre du Quebec (through La danse sur les routes du Quebec), and The CanDance Network
“I had a dream one night. I dreamt I was underwater, sitting in a rocking chair.” -Aszure
Awáa explores the nature of the masculine and the feminine, the sharp and the curved, earth and water. Water is grounded in sensation, suggesting the womb, motherhood, and a sense of time slowing down. This powerful evening of dance draws audiences into a world that is spellbinding, exciting, and percussive. At times, it is funny and sad, and at others, hauntingly beautiful.
Aszure Barton & Artists is a collective of visual, sound, and performing artists, cohering in creative residencies in Canada and the United States to evoke the movement-based vision and free spirit of its founder.