Politics of Improv

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Politics of Improv

Fall 2019

Taught By: Danielle Goldman

Section: A

CRN: 7347

Credits: 4

This course analyzes how, if at all, improvisation can be understood as a politically meaningful practice. In addition to viewing a range of performances, students survey recent literature on improvised dance, assessing the various ways that improvisation has been lauded in the field of dance studies. But we’ll also look beyond typical configurations of dance. The course frequently turns to jazz and jazz studies, where one finds a vast and rigorous analysis of improvisation, and often a more exacting look at race, gender, and the politics of U.S. performance during the '60s and ’70s. Toward the end of the semester, students read critical theory that illuminates important concepts in improvisation such as instinct, spontaneity, constraint, and freedom. The course welcomes students across the arts and humanities.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:01am 1/19/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 902

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/12/2019