Choreographer Aszure Barton has been here for a few months with her company, Aszure Barton and Artists, creating a new work in contemporary dance called Awáa. Working with seven dancers, she was able to tap in to a wide range of creative support during the residency – for staging, lighting, and an elaborate setup for underwater video and photography that led to a spectacular series of scrim projections in the show.
Awáa premiered at the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa on June 8, before coming back to Banff for a second performance in the Eric Harvie Theatre. Aszure is also here as the Koerner Foundation Distinguished Guest Artist, to work with dancers in our Professional Dance program, who will perform a new, original work in July, as part of the Banff Summer Arts Festival.
Video by David Copithorne, with additional footage by Tobin Del Cuore and music by Lev Zhurbin and Curtis Macdonald.