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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.
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. (source: Nielsen Book Data)