Aszure Barton and her extraordinary seven member company, Aszure & Artists, were the first choreographer and dance company to be selected for the new DANCEworks residency, created by the Lobero Theatre Foundation and SUMMERDANCE!
SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara was one of the first presenters to provide Aszure with a residency early in her choreographic career.  She visited  Santa Barbara in 2006  with Mikhael Baryshnikov, with whom she danced and for whom she choreographed, to sold-out audiences at the Lobero . We have watched Aszure make the most of every opportunity that came her way. Critics have called Aszure’s work “brilliant,”  “audacious,” and “dazzling.”  She was a natural selection for DANCEworks’ premier season!
Barton worked a minimum of 40 hours a week in the theatre, for 4 weeks, creating Busk, a piece that was strongly influenced by life in Santa Barbara. Aszure commissioned a hauntingly beautiful  score for this work by Lev Ljova Zharbin and had an Australian costume designer, Michelle Jank, as well as a lighting designer on board during the residency. The new work was previewed before Santa Barbara audiences for two performances on March 6,7 2009.  Barton continued to refine Busk at a residency at the Banff Summer Arts Festival in the summer of ’09.  It premiered at the Ringling Brothers Arts Festival in the Fall of ’09 and is scheduled to tour internationally!
The multi-talented Jonathan Alsbury, a member of the company, made two lighthearted videos capturing the effervescent spirit of their residency. See our Multimedia page for these videos, as well as a compilation of the complete work, Busk. It’s mesmerizing!<
David Bazemore, local photographer extraordinaire, documented the rehearsals, capturing the magical creative process in action.






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