Canadian-born choreographer Aszure Barton received her formal training at the National Ballet School in Toronto. Since graduating, Aszure has proceeded to inspire and lead other dancers with the founding of her own company Aszure Barton & Artists, whose critically-acclaimed work Awaa continues to be performed and admired globally.
Aszure Barton embodies all that the De Beers Moments in Light celebration represents. She has an energetic awe about her that influences both her work and her presence, continually inspiring those around her and intriguing with her extraordinary talent.
Aszure Barton was photographed by the Moments in Light curator Mary McCartney in her studio in New York. Mary looked to capture her light and natural grace through dance and the choreographer’s own interpretation and free flowing movement.
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How do you feel to have been invited to be one of De Beers Moments in Light celebrated women?
I am honoured, especially to be in such inspiring company. I was genuinely tickled to be contacted to join these ranks and I’m thrilled to be part of this campaign celebrating women. It was also really cool shooting with Mary McCartney. I am normally quite shy and uncomfortable in front of a camera but she made me feel so relaxed and beautiful. It was a really special day. Mary’s a gentle, loving and incredibly gifted soul.
Do you have a woman that inspires you in your life or that has inspired you?
My mother and sisters – my mother is the most honest woman I know. She has taught me to stand my ground and to believe in myself. My sisters are my best friends. We are a little tribe that sticks together through everything life throws at us.
How would you advise other women to achieve their dreams?
Stand in your truth, be kind, have courage; love and be proud of who you are, remain egoless and believe in your inherent wisdom. We need to support each other and empower each other to achieve great things.
What made you pursue a career in dance?
I’ve always had a sureness that this was my path. Initially, I loved that it brought my friends together and that I could have a voice and be absurd and strange and silly. I’ve never gotten tired of it. I’m always learning, discovering and being challenged. I am continually honoured to have people believe in and encourage my vision. Choreography is the foundation and means through which I navigate life.
What is your Moment in Light – a defining moment of success or happiness?
I have experienced so many special moments in my life. So many moments, big and small, that have reminded me to stay as present as possible and to keep trusting my intuition and heart.
What do you believe has led to your success?
Generous encouragement and faith from others – listening to my gut, luck, hard work and persistence. I love this quote by Mary Oliver: “I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.”
What are your next goals or aspirations?
As always, I will continue to create and collaborate. I am currently planting seeds for a new creation. Producing with my Aszure Barton & Artists team is an unreal experience for me, one that expands me as a human being, one that pushes my limits and allows me to take risks. I am interested in continuing to collaborate with new artists and organizations around the world and to nurture new artistic relationships. I am constantly inspired by all there is to discover.
At De Beers we are consistently inspired by the diamond’s natural beauty – what inspires you?
I’m inspired by so many things! The people I meet, music, energy, space, light, water, wine, architecture, poetry, heartache…the list goes on!