Small and mid-sized modern dance companies are always fighting opposing mistresses named Administration and Art. I often see companies deflate and fade due to a lack of administration and weakness on the business side. And when that doesn’t happen, too much time with Administration and not enough time with Art leads to a deteriorated relationship with the sensitive and emotional Art. And then we have dull work.
So what does a small dance company do to avoid this problem? One that cannot yet hire an Executive Director or one that doesn’t have an office staff. Is it really just a business-sense battle of the Artistic Directors?
What do you all think are the keys to success for a young and growing dance company?