Dance fans are captivated by Aszure Barton's electric performances. During today's performance by her company Aszure Barton & Artists, you'll see fluid, quick motions explode into serious sexuality or delirious angst, but then they'll flit into the irreverent, with a kick here, a shoulder shake there, imparting a clear sense of humor. Always ready to take a risk, Barton has a reputation for exploring both the dark and the light sides of life in her work, and today should be no different, with a program that includes her latest work, Busk, which is set to a gypsy-inspired score, and Blue Soup, highlights from other recent work including Mais Oui and Come in. Barton, a Canadian native, has created works for Sydney Dance Company and the Juilliard School as well as films and Broadway shows. But it's her own company that allows her to really articulate her style, which incorporates the technical prowess she developed as a member of companies like the National Ballet of Canada and Mikhail Baryshnikov's Hell's Kitchen Dance, as well as her own hypermodern moves. 8 p.m. Wortham Center, 500 Texas. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit www.spahouston.org. $22 to $47.
Fri., April 23, 8 p.m., 2010