I Want to Be Ready Improvised Dance As a Practice of Freedom
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Description: "This book will become the single most important reflection on the question of improvisation, a question which has become foundational to dance itself. The achievement ofI Want to Be Readylies not simply in its mastery of the relevant literature within dance, but in its capacity to engage dance in a deep and abiding dialogue with other expressive forms, to think improvisation through myriad sites and a rich vein of cultural diversity, and to join improvisation in dance with its manifestations in life so as to consider what constitutes dance's own politics." ---Randy Martin, Tisch School of Arts at New York University I Want To Be Readydraws on original archival research, careful readings of individual performances, and a thorough knowledge of dance scholarship to offer an understanding of the "freedom" of improvisational dance. While scholars often celebrate the freedom of improvised performances, they are generally focusing onfreedom fromformal constraints. Drawing on the work of Michel Foucault and Houston Baker, among others, Danielle Goldman argues that this negative idea of freedom elides improvisation's greatest power. Far from representing an escape from the necessities of genre, gender, class, and race, the most skillful improvisations negotiate an ever shifting landscape of constraints. This work will appeal to those interested in dance history and criticism, and also interdisciplinary audiences in the fields of American and cultural studies. Danielle Goldman is Assistant Professor of Dance at The New School and a professional dancer in New York City, where she recently has danced for DD Dorvillier and Beth Gill.
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 5/4/2010
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|Introduction: The Land of the Free|
|Mambo's Open Shines: Causing Circles at the Palladium|
|We Insist! Seeing Music and Hearing Dance|
|Bodies on the Line: Contact Improvisation and Techniques of Nonviolent Protest|
|The Breathing Show: Improvisation in the Work of Bill T. Jones|
|Conclusion: Exquisite Dancing-Altering the Terrain of Tight Places|