attended the Neurochoreography lecture yesterday and down with sunstroke…………….but ’twas  well worth it………..one of a kind and a lot to learn – both – from the subject and the speaker as well .

Excerpts from the presentation –

series  of lectures + 7 dance numbers ………. not boring at all , ……..as the main dancer explained in her introduction  , since it was an experimental  theme……..the focus would not entirely be on core classical bharatanatyam………….so there were ballet splits………. an acrobatic- type dance to show one of the neuronal themes…….western instrumental music accompanying indian classical dance- overall a visual /auditory……..no , a total aesthetic treat .

The best part to me , was the speaker …….an eminent neurosurgeon …………………but what strikes one immediately   is the stark simplicity of the man –  in  his  dressing ( when will  i learn ????????????  i doubt in this lifetime )……….blending into the audience  really and his unassuming demeanor …………you realize  the dancer was not exaggerating  when she described him – as ” so simple, humble and modest “………………..  a rare breed . He took the lecture from science to arts …… blending them and ended  with – spirituality.

  • first was an introduction – parts of brain – lobes etc. brain states are body states
  • neurophilosophy/neuroaesthetics – dance of the brain
  • we automatically tap our feet to the music
  • PET scans of the brain reveal inner choreography
  • every proton/atom in the brain undergoes the dance of creation- destruction………………….(.i luved  this  metaphor- all life is but  a dance of creation and destruction……….and beyond ………)
  • The BODY MANDALA –  the space surrounding the movements of the body – when dancing –PERIPERSONAL SPACE
  • EXTRAPERSONAL SPACE
  • body schema – dance moves at unconscious level – gracefully
  • kinetic – one performs movements in brain virtually
  • ingredients of dance
  1. rhythm
  2. coordination
  3. balance
  4. multisensory integration
  5. emotions – amygdala
  6. motor activation

Ended with a beautiful definition of dance  – something like – quadri……….quintessential………….should luk it up.

Last but definitely not the least  ……………. his   correlation between- mind -body -spirit……………lllluved the way he put in words – pure  literary treat ” natya shastra to veda …..from veda to yoga …………shiva the dancer – in the nataraja pose- explained by a pic

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/98/WLANL_-_23dingenvoormusea_-_Shiva_Nataraja.jpg

he controls the demons /negativities with his foot , at the same time balancing and maintaining a graceful posture………to have balance in thought , word and deed………and an undisturbed serenity/tranquility in his face – the ultimate goal of   life ..from ananda to anantha ……… if  dancing in bliss to the divine dance……….will help us reach the tao of lao …….the zen of zenith…… the nirvana of the buddha  …………

intercepted with quotes by poets and neurologists……..wordsworth, oliver sacks etc.

heard m.s’ s  madhurashtakam used in one of the pieces…….

everything is interconnected now ……….  arts-science-spirituality……mind-body-spirit

reflected by wordsworth’s quote in the lecture “ And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.   (  http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/daffodils/ )

events in march  – 3rd , 17th ,   10th and 24th .