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Lailye Weidman

June 12, 2019


Hudson, NY


Recorded by

Isadora Vieira

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Lailye is a dancer, choreographer, educator that is attending the Oral Summer School to enhance her work in a magazine that publishes and documents articles on dance performances. Lailye starts the interview by mentioning Childhood memories at the beach with her grandparents and siblings. She briefly mentions that the property has been in her family for four generations and says it was the first time she experienced loving a place and being loved back by a place. She talks about life in the commune she was born in and briefly mentions the dynamics of that society. Around the age of 5, there was a dissolution of the community and her family moved to a town over. At that time she entered the public school system and experienced feelings of otherness and not belonging. To illustrate she tells a story about how her clothing seemed to be from another time in comparison to the other girls around her, she had bell bottoms and thick jeans with coarse seams and turtle necks while the other girls were wearing ‘80’s clothing.  Later she talks the importance ballet had in her life, how it brought to her a sense of order by clearly laying out the rules and what was expected of her. Lailye also mentions the importance of groups and communities in her life. She tells a story about how in her college years she realized that she was an agent of aggregation, creating bonds within a group of people within the institution. She also briefly mentions moving and living in multiple places. Later on Lailye expands on her college experience. Towards the end of the interview she talks about how the future is uncertain and how she feels she is going through a period of uncertainty that feels like a transition.

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Isadora Vieira

Isadora Vieira is a 34 year old filmmaker from Brazil currently working on a masters at The New School in New York City.

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