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I Want to Be Ready: Improvised Dance as a Practice of Freedom

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    Danielle Goldman(Author)

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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.

"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"

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  • PDF | 186 pages
  • Danielle Goldman(Author)
  • University of Michigan Press (4 May 2010)
  • English
  • 3
  • Music, Stage & Screen

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  • By Mr. Richard L. Smith on 7 July 2011

    Want to dance with "freedom " and undestand what a " mambo shine" is ?.Worth every penny and know i dance more often because i feel whatever the music i can dance !.

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