Lack of funds forces end of Forrest troupe

September 25, 1991|By Eric Siegel z

The Forrest Collection, a local five-year old experimental dance company, has disbanded because of a lack of funds and declining attendance.

Juliet Forrest, the troupe's founder and artistic director, said yesterday she was unable to raise money to hire an administrator to do the long-range financial planning the company needed to continue.

In addition, attendance at the company's two performances of its annual concert last spring was off by about 40 percent to 50 percent from previous years. "Everything I saw between January and April was very poorly attended," she said. "I think it was the economy."

The Forrest Collection -- which over the years appeared at the Theatre Project, the Dance on the Edge series and Artscape -- had a budget last year of $12,000, with about half coming from state and local government sources and the remainder made up of individual and foundation support and box office receipts.

Ms. Forrest, 37, an associate professor of dance at Goucher College, said she would need at least $30,000 to restart the company.

Occasional performances at alternative spaces using unpaid dancers may be done under the auspices of the Forrest Collection in the next several months, but the company will not stage any ticketed events.

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