There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Choreographer Aszure Barton comes to the American Dance Institute this weekend from Alberta by way of Siberia. The Edmonton native runs a small troupe of New York–based dancers and multidisciplinary artists that still receives significant Canadian funding. The group’s autumn tour takes the dancers to Moscow and Siberia, then Connecticut and Rockville. At each stop around the globe, they’ll perform Awáa, an evening-length work that Barton has described as an exploration “of the nature of the masculine and the feminine, the sharp and the curved, earth and water.” That sounds pretty ambiguous, even by modern dance standards, but Barton, 38, is regarded as one of the continent’s leading choreographers. In North America, Barton’s works are performed regularly by National Ballet of Canada, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Mikhail Baryshnikov, who named her the first artist-in-residence at his Baryshnikov Arts Center back in 2005. If Misha thinks Barton’s that good, the area premiere of a piece about angles and curves is probably worth checking out. Aszure Barton and Artists perform at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at American Dance Institute, 1570 East Jefferson St., Rockville. $16.25–$31.25. (301) 984-3003. americandance.org.