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Lailye Weidman: The Intersection Project

Lailye Weidman (Los Angeles / World Arts and Cultures) Undergraduate

The Intersection Project is launching a six-month dance investigation of the urban landscape. The project will produce a public interdisciplinary event where participants will share their research findings in both performance and written from. The event will bring UCLA artists together with local  community activists and urban planners who address issues of sustainable land-use, gentrification, and homelessness.

Lailye Weidman seeks out dialogue with ideas, places, and physical forces through dance and other art forms. Her work is currently based in the urban galaxy of Los Angeles. Dancing with the city: she is also a pedestrian, a biker, and an observer of unintentional street corner compositions. Her work has been shown at the Fowler Museum, Anatomy Riot, Pieter PASD, UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, and other venues in San Francisco, Boston, and New York. As an artist-in-residence during the 2009 SEEDS Festival (Somatic Experiments in Earth, Dance, and Science), she investigated ways to get lost and reorient alone in the woods. In 2009, she received a UCIRA grant for her senior thesis “Intersection Project: Dancers Map L.A.” She has taught workshops at Dancebank, Otis College of Art and design, and Earthdance.

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