REMNANTS OF US: COLLECTIVE DANCE-MAKING AS MULTI-ART FORM PRAXIS

Aadya Kaktikar; Assistant Professor, Shiv Nadar University, Delhi, India; ABSTRACT: This paper elaborates on a pedagogical experiment of using reflective practice as a framework for teaching dance. The class that this paper unpacks was an undergraduate class in India’s first Liberal Arts University and none of the participants in the class were trained dancers. Highlighting the primacy of knowledge generated in body which thinks and a mind, which is embodied, this paper examines a possibility of developing a justification for dance in education that stems from its own unique teaching and learning possibilities, rather than through the lens of other subjects. The paper finally unpacks the possibility of creating and experiencing movement in the kinaesthetic sensorium that privileges knowing over seeing and ambiguity over certainty as approaches to relevant knowledge.