Aszure Barton premieres a new work on The National Ballet of Canada this month, following a new creation for American Ballet Theatre, a performance with her company at the Chicago Dance Festival in August and summer residencies at the Banff Centre and the White Oak Plantation. In demand? Yes.
The dancing body is nothing if not political – everyone from Friedrich Nietzsche to Jacques Derrida to Isadora Duncan has talked about this. Are Canadian dance artists then the most political of Canada’s artists? Why isn’t the collective voice of Canadian dance calling out for social change in a more audible way? Well, sometimes it is.