Complexity and layering skills
In previous Vichaar posts, we looked at the idea of complexity as it applies to science and dance. We talked about how the brain processes complex information and makes decisions in the face of uncertainty. We also looked at reductionism as one way by which scientists study complex things.
Bharatanatyam is ideal for older adults, as we can use this inherent complexity to our advantage! This means layering skills that participants can work on, no matter if they are new to Bharatanatyam, or have been learning for a while. In a group setting, layering skills also gives participants an opportunity to show and teach one another, which builds camaraderie and connections in the groups.
In the next post, we will see an example of layering skills using the example of elephants. I chose elephants because of their stability, and because baby elephants bring up images of playfulness and fun!