Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Feeling good

Dancer Tony Yap - image via multiculturalarts.com.au
Metanoia Illuminations is on tomorrow night from 7.30 - 9.00 pm at the Banyule Arts Space in Ivanhoe.  Metanoia means 'making the decision to turn away from the shadow and face the light'.  I love that whole sentiment - it is very Buddhist.  This cross-cultural dance theatre performance will feature three very accomplished Australian artists - light installation and music artist Domenico de Clario on piano, Butoh performance artist Tony Yap & contemporary dancer Brendan O'Connor.  Entry is a $10 donation.  No bookings are required.

There's been a couple of interesting articles I've read lately on the joy of art and the link between culture and feeling good.  A study by the University College London has found that works of art can give as much joy as being in love while another study by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology has found that people who go to museums and concerts or create art or play an instrument are more satisfied with their lives, regardless of how educated or rich they are.

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