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What does the Joffrey Ballet company, the NBA and the government of Minnesota have in common? Two have already ceased operating in light of failed negotiations and the third could be facing the same fate.

The Joffrey company is up against a stalemate similar to the ones that hog-tied basketball players and politicians alike. Because the company has failed to reach an agreement with the dancers’ union, the American Guild of Musical Artists, the beginning of the 2011-2012 season could be abbreviated and dancers received notice that a shutdown is possible. Part of the disagreement stems from proposed pay raises for the dancers and increased rehearsal time, from 25 to 30 hours a week.

The dancers are on a regularly scheduled break until July 25. The disputing groups are hoping that an agreement will be reached before rehearsals commence, because Christopher Conway, executive director of the company, said the season will not begin without one. The first performance threatened by the potential shutdown is an annual event at the Blossom Festival in Ohio.

Follow the link here for the full story on Artsbeat from the New York Times. Information about the company’s upcoming season is available here.

The Obama administration plan to improve the United States’ relationship with Russia, but not just through bureaucratic means. The U.S. State Department will provide support for Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s performances in the International Chekhov Festival in Moscow, where the company will perform three well-known Cunningham works on June 14 – 16.

The trip is part of what is being called the legacy tour, undertaken to commemorate the death of Merce Cunningham, an internationally acclaimed modern dance pioneer, in 2009. “Biped,” “Xover” and “RainForest” will be performed and the State Department will assist an online project that will catalogue the process of creating “RainForest.” A series of educational programs, including a film series and a workshop from the company, will accompany the performances.

Interested in reading more? Check out the full story on Artsbeat here.

Hey folks! Think of this post as a reader’s digest of the dance world. I’ve aggregated a few stories that were fun or interesting, so peruse at your leisure and see what others in Danceland are up to.

Warm fuzzies from American Ballet Theater: a slew of proposals at ABT might be giving those fairytale romances some credence. Find the story on Artsbeat here.

Cirque is heading to the Big Apple: An analytical look at Cirque du Soleil’s past and future is available from Jason Zinoman. Find the story here, with continuations coming next week.

A fantastic story about where burlesque came from and where it’s going was recently published by the good folks at the Las Vegas Weekly. Follow the link here and be sure to check out the photos.

Remember site-specific choreography from the 1980s? It’s back! A story published in the Wall Street Journal detailed a piece performed by Shen Wei Dance Arts performers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Find the story, accompanied by photos and video, here.

Hanging from the ceiling isn’t just for Cirque artists … another Wall Street Journal story covers LAVA, a dance and acrobatic troupe in Brooklyn. Check out the full text here.

Pardon the third WSJ story, but this one is bringing it full circle with a clip about the “battling burlesque shows” in Las Vegas. Get the scoop here, and thanks for stopping by!

Erotic physics

The link between the principles of physics and the practice of movement has long been established. Dance, obviously, would fall under the jurisdiction of both.

Books—good ones—have been written on this relationship, but a piece performed at the 2010 World Science Festival in New York was created from a different perspective.

Photo courtesy of Dbenbenn on Wikimedia Commons

Choreographer Karole Armitage crafted the piece “Three Theories” to abstractly illustrate the principles of relativity, quantum mechanics and string theory. Armitage cited her father’s work as a biologist as inspiration to explore the world in general.

Check out the review here and see what Armitage means by “sexy” physics. Maybe it will change the opinion of science you had in high school.

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