CIRCUS FROM ANOTHER PLANET. PLAY, PLAYERS, PLAYING & PLAYFULNESS
We are hardwired to play. All mammals and birds play. Play binds us with other fellow creatures in an exuberant celebration of life. Play is essential for our survival, our health, and our well-being. It is one of the seven primary process emotions, so distinct and primeval that the brain circuit of play lights up the fMRI like a constellation in the night sky. When we play, we laugh: dogs laugh, monkeys laugh, rats laugh, parrots laugh (and dance). We need to laugh and play as much as possible.
Organized and presented by San Diego State University Professor of Music Jozefius Vaatierz Rattus (earthling name (e.n.) Joseph Martin Waters), this years' theme expands the NWEAMO 2013 festivals' exploration of basic mammalian emotions with a focus on the emotion of PLAY & PLAYFULNESS.