To the editor:
I’m saddened at the pending elimination of the 940 Dance Company at the Lawrence Arts Center. This group has operated as the only professional modern dance ensemble in Kansas. The closing of 940 represents a blow to not only dance, but to our state, and to all of the arts.
The 940 Dance Company began in 1987 as the Prairie Wind Dancers. The company has danced on our stages (and some delightful alternative performance spaces) for over two decades. Currently, Susan Rieger serves as artistic director of 940. During her four-year tenure, she has brought innovation, choreographic excellence and thought-provoking ideas to not only the stage of the LAC, but to schools and theaters across the state and even a 940 performance in Mexico. The company has employed talented, energetic, qualified dancers. The loss of this company would leave a void in the artistic landscape of Kansas.
One would like to see an effort to support the continuation of this unique, professional dance legacy in Kansas. Perhaps arts center Executive Director Susan Tate could sponsor a targeted fundraiser, downsize the company, endeavor to increase bookings in the area or seek a permanent sponsor.
I hope the 940 Dance Company’s performances of “Red” on April 14 and 16 will not be the farewell concert.