Aszure Barton artists Don Lee, courtesy of the Banff Centre


Aszure Barton & Artists

Nov. 12
8 p.m.

A looseness akin to silk sliding through air, paired with distinctly intentional muscle movement, infuses this company’s evening-length work, Awáa. The choreography has a luscious quality that exalts in the realized potential of bodies moving in space. The staging — crimson light, large circular objects, rising and falling scrims — coupled with both a watery soundscape and a percussive score, adds to the work’s ambience. Seven dancers perform the 70-minute Awáa, which means “mother” in the language of the Haida (island people from northern British Columbia). The Canadian-born Barton received her formal training at the National Ballet School in Toronto, but since starting her own company she has absorbed diverse dance styles to create work that reflects deep emotion and rhythmic intensity.