A blog about the local/global interfaces of audience and event.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Barton: in brief
There were perhaps a few too many "jazz hands" moments for me, and the openings of both pieces (Busk and Blue Soup, an assemblage of excerpts from past works) worked the cuteness factor a little too much for my liking, but there's certainly no denying the exceptional talent of Azure Barton as a choreographer, nor of the dancers she has gathered together here to interpret her work. The combination of the hyperkinetic and the fluid, of bodies massed and in isolation, is what is most striking about the movement Barton creates. As is her superb musicality. Combining accordion and klezmer music with traditional folk songs and revolutionary-style choral anthems, the wall of sound underpinning both works is perfectly matched to the magneticism--and the monumentality--of the movement.
It's easy to see why Barton is a rising star on the international dance scene, and the Chutzpah! Festival is very lucky that she continues to make Vancouver a return stop on her increasingly busy global itinerary.
I live in Vancouver and teach in both the English Department and the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. I am also the Director of SFU's Institute for Performance Studies. My academic interests include theatre, dance and performance studies, film studies, and gender studies. I am actively interested in the relationship between art and politics, and especially what the performing arts can teach us about our relationships with the places we live, and with the world more generally. Hence this blog.