According to that spokesman, the troupe is "going through some financial restructuring . . . as it continues to cope with a challenging economy." Sansano's departure is "his own decision," and he has said he'd like to continue choreographing for LNDT on a project-by-project basis. Executive director Esther Jeles says she is "pleased to have Gustavo remain a part of Luna Negra."
Still, all this is sad news for anyone who cares about LNDT—a prominent institution unique in Chicago for its blend of Latin sensibility and contemporary dance—as well as the health of the dance world generally. At times, Sansano challenged audiences in a way that the old LNDT would not have done. Let's hope that safe choices won't be made as a search committee convenes this May to find a new artistic director.