Who are the wonderful?
We're so glad you asked.
Well, first off - hello, and welcome to our page! Thank you for visiting. We are an emerging performance collective, telling urgent stories that address the misdirection and disconnection which has led society to our current place.
Our work is richly multimedia, blending music, film, theatre, dance, visual art and science, to create a truly immersive world for audiences to inhabit. Rather than just observing what we create, we want people to feel inside it and, when we perform live, be involved with it.
The thin line between art and science inspires our work. We think that now, more than ever, these disciplines must collaborate and cooperate if we are to reconnect with one another and with our beautiful planet.
Sounds pretty interesting! So, what's your first project?
Our début piece of work, Nevergreen, explores scientist, writer and creator of environmentalism, Rachel Carson. Carson speaks of the need for ‘wonder’ in our approach to the world. We share this, and so have named ourselves ‘the wonderful’.
The subject of Nevergreen, and of Carson’s life, was the biosphere and the biodiversity, or at times worrying lack thereof, that populates it. Carson’s story has remained inexplicably untold and unheard, despite her huge contribution to history. Nevergreen poignantly and lyrically celebrates her legacy. It is highly interdisciplinary, incorporating film, dance, visual art and musical elements (electronics, song and cello) to recreate Carson’s research landscape, exploring sea, forest, soil, and chemical pollution.
What's the story of Nevergreen so far?
The first iteration of Nevergreen is a short film, which was produced for the Living Record Festival, available online from 17th January - 22nd February.
We wrote, rehearsed, shot and edited the entire thing during the UK's Lockdown in December 2020. We were even able - with Rachel's blessing - to shoot on location on Hampstead Heath.
What's next for the wonderful and for this project?
We're only just getting started. Rachel Carson's story is a story for our time, and here's why.
Human beings are terrible at seeing anything but a problem which is directly in front of them. In the case of climate change, the problem is immediate - as much of a crisis as our own house burning down, as Greta Thunberg said so succinctly. The crisis has been acknowledged by those who have the power to change things, but, still, nothing has changed.
Through Nevergreen, we want audiences to rediscover their own sense of wonder and joy of being in our world. We want to appeal to what we believe are two of our greatest gifts – our capacities for awe and empathy – and allow those to guide a new urgency toward saving it.
If you've got this far - thank you!
This is our plea to you:
- Please support this project, grown from the grassroots by arts freelancers
- Follow our progress on social media @wethewonderful on twitter and Instagram
- Watch our short film in the Living Record Festival - and if you already have, thank you! Tell your friends!
- Go forth and wonder at our world
the wonderful x