In Danielle Goldman’s I Want To Be Ready scholar examines improvisation in dance. Accordingly to the author improvisation is “a spontaneous mode of creation that takes place without the aid of manuscript or score”. That is, explored in the context of dance practices, improvisation is the simultaneous action of performance and composition.
As I understood it from the thick introduction description, the central question the book is attempting the answer to is about the role of improvisation in performance. As the introduction part and the third chapters, both suggest the relations between social conventions and political norms have a complex dynamic system. In other words, in Goldman’s vision choreography cannot exist in the vacuum, meaning it always reflects the environment outside of the rehearsal room. From that perspective improvisation in dance becomes a tool of political activism. Thus, this technique (improvisation) can be used as the provocative mode of dance making.
This approach to one of the roles that dance practices hold is particularly interesting in terms of our class. As Goldman’s argument suggests the choice of choreography is based on the political and social standing in the same measure as on an artist cultural belonging factor. That makes improvisation in dance a technique that allows performers to express their individualities and their thoughts on social and politically relevant issues — for example, to participate in the protests. The notion that improvisation can be used as the tool of drawing attention to certain problematic aspects correlates with the activist meaning that Aakash Odedra puts in his dance practices.

Works Cited

Goldman, Danielle. 2010. I Want To Be Ready: Improvised Dance as a Practice of Freedom. United States of America: The University of Michigan Press,