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I Want to be Ready Improvised Dance as a Practice of Freedom by Danielle Goldman
  

I Want to be Ready Improvised Dance as a Practice of Freedom

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I Want to be Ready Improvised Dance as a Practice of Freedom by Danielle Goldman

This title provides a conceptual framework for understanding the development of improvised dance in late 20th-century America. I Want To Be Ready draws 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 on freedom from formal 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.

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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 of I Want to Be Ready lies 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


About the Author

Danielle Goldman is Assistant Professor of Dance at the New School for Social Research and a professional dancer in New York City, where she has danced for the Metropolitan Opera and performed with the Troika Ranch Company.

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Publication date

15th May 2010

Author

Danielle Goldman

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Publisher

The University of Michigan Press

Format

Paperback
186 pages

Categories

Dance

ISBN

9780472050840

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