Who is Nuevo Wyrdo?
Nuevo Wyrdo is a team of two collaborative artists from Montreal Quebec: Sabine Lawless, dancer and choreographer, and Matthew Williston, videographer and multimedia artist.
As a team, they have conceptualized and produced multiple performance events in and around Montreal, including the Quebec funded project Montréality, which was completed in the summer of 2011.
Since meeting in 2008, they have contributed to over fifty common projects, all which focus on the assimilation of music, dance and video creative processes, and the potential power of multi media live performance. Collectively they have appeared at Nuit Blanche 2009-2011, Zoofest 2009, as well as having toured productions throughout Canada, the western United States, and central Mexico.
What is Nuevo Wyrdo?
Nuevo Wyrdo is the most current collaborative concept: an interdisciplinary dance and video research project that explores and captures Central American dance forms, from their roots to their most modern manifestations.
The work will take the two participants to the Mexican coast of the Caribbean Sea, south into Belize, and to the indigenous villages in the valleys of Guatemala, Northeast of it’s huge capital city, where finally the team hope to experience firsthand the effects of urbanization of ancient concepts and cultural history.
The principle ambitions of the project are to:
- Travel to sites of ancient Mayan worship and celebration to experience the history of the peoples and learn of their ceremonial forms of expression and creativity.
- Learn of and see the culture of the Garifuna or “Garinagu” peoples, whos presence along the Central American Caribbean coast is defined by celebratory dance and music like the Wanaragua, Punta, and Chumba. The Garifuna culture is also particularly interesting because there are still many small and isolated villages throughout coastal Belize and Guatemala where Garifuna still live truthfully to their ancestral culture and ceremonies.
- Expose parts of Central American culture and celebration that is unknown or misunderstood by Western individuals and media, and to focus on the historical depth of meaning of the area and the peoples.
- Provide Central American citizens with whom we interact an opportunity to see themselves in performance on film, as well as share with them our personal knowledge of Western dance and media production, manipulation, and creation.
- Have, in the end, an inter-disciplinary product (film or live performance or both) that captures our experience in Central America among the performers and physical storytellers of their cultures, villages, and families.
What we need from you:
Financial aid for travel costs – As both participants will be travelling first by plane, and then by land and boat to their destinations there are multiple mobility costs to be considered. Air fare and bus fare alone total 4000$, we are asking for 50% of this = 2000.00$
Financial aid for post-production expenses and editing – Getting the content of the project will be the easy and fun part, the real work is in the editing and compilation of all the footage and experience. Real professional production is very expensive, and though as a part of the Montreal video community we have access to these professionals, their time and skill is very highly valued. For this we are asking for 2500.00$
Financial aid for video equipment costs – Getting the right camera is intrinsic to creating an amazing product. We need something that will provide us with the flexibility to shoot in all types of environments, and that will enable us to get multiple shots and perspectives. The technology that is currently available to us simply will not do the project justice, we need to add a few pieces,we are asking for an additional 750.00$
Daily Per Dium for the artists – Both the participants were working full and overtime during 2012 to fund this project them selves. From January 2013 to April 2013 both will be completely devoted to creation, focusing all of their professional time on the project. Because of this, we need help to pay for some basic things like food and lodging in the month leading up to and after our departure from Canada. For this we are asking for 50% of our expected living costs = 1125.00$
None of these sums factor in the inevitable contingencies of overseas travel and the creative process. We have been working very hard over the last year and a half to make this project become a reality, and we are at the final stage in securing our dream! Please help us to create something beautiful, adventuresome, and full of cultural expression and truth.
What you get:
A 1$ donation +: Our thanks.
A 10$ donation +: Our thanks, and a digital high-five.
A 50$ donation +: Our thanks, a digital high-five, a special mention in the sponsor’s portion of our program, and a ticket to the opening performance of Nuevo Wyrdo in Montreal.
A 100$ donation +: Our thanks, a digital high-five, a special mention in the sponsor’s portion of our program, 2 tickets to the opening performance of Nuevo Wyrdo in Montreal, and a random gift that we pick up for you somewhere in rural Central America.
A 500$ donation +: Our thanks, a digital high-five, a special mention in the sponsor’s portion of our program, 2 tickets to the opening performance of Nuevo Wyrdo in Montreal, a random gift that we pick up for you somewhere in rural Central America, and a dvd copy of the show and/or finished film.
If you are not comfortable with giving online, you can absolutely still support us by sending a cheque addressed to Matthew Kingsley Williston or Sabine Lawless to:
3968 rue Mentana
No disposable income? We get it! It’s ok! You can still support us by sharing our page and project with your friends and family. Post the link to your facebook page, tweet about it, or send an email! The more buzz we get the better.
Thanks to Dig.It.Al for the track "Downtown Bass" (we played it backwards)
Thanks to Jonah Hache for the bass lick
A special thanks to everyone whom with we've collaborated, and that helped us get here.... too many to mention, we love you!