Emma: If you can introduce yourself, it can be really informal, really laid back, just a bit about yourself, your first name and then anything about you.
Wineeta: My names Wineeta Joseph, I’m 30 years old. I’ve got a child and I do performing arts and work with kids as well.
E: Wonderful, performing arts, what kind?
E: Dance, nice and what kind of ages of children do you work with…
W: All from small to big, adults, everything.
E: Amazing, what got you into performing arts?
W: I just like dancing, from since I was younger, I’ve always liked dancing and sports, that’s it.
E: What is it about dance?
W: I can express myself, that’s how I express myself, dancing…
E: Nice. In terms of this project, what does health mean to you?
W: It means a lot, you either have good health, or not so good, and quite a lot of my family members, they’ve not got good health, but it’s like different spectrums. Like my grandmother’s got Alzheimer’s, my grandad died of cancer, my older sister died of cancer, my mums not well… So it means a lot. If you ain’t got health, you ain’t got life.
E: And in terms of, you said, why health matters, do you think health is something in the body or is it something else?
W: It’s mind, body, just everything in general, even feeling happy, if you’re not happy, then health, what is health?
E: In terms of dance and expression and having a child, is there anything that you’ve gone through your life and that you think has had a huge impact on your health?
W: Probably having my child but it’s not stopped me from being any healthier… after I first had him, I was unhealthy, but now I’m back to myself, so…
E: And how were you unhealthy? After you had him?
W: It was just laziness… to be honest (laughs) it was just having your first child, being a mother, and just, letting everything go and focus on the child, and that’s it.
E: That’s priorities isn’t it?
W: Yeah (nodding and laughing)
E: In terms of advice for yourself, and for your child in the future, if you were going to say “this is important about your health” what would you say?
W: Don’t be lazy, that’s important about your health, don’t be lazy… And never give up, never give up. Definitely.
E: Do you think you’ve got quite a determined personality?
W: Not really, until recently, I’ve never really been determined, but until recently… I think that with so many people passing away, you only have one life, you have to do as much as you can and do what makes you happy.
E: So what’s changed? It’s made you appreciate –
W: Definitely, appreciate life a lot more (nodding)
E: So in terms of big things, about you, and about who you are, is there anything you’d say is the thing you go to when you need to get healthy? Whether it’s in your head or body?
W: Music… all the time… Music.
E: What kind of music?
W: Any. It just depends on the mood I’m in and what it’s about, there’s a song for it or a music for it…
E: And is it get up and dance type of music?
W: Yep – yeah, it has to be (laughs)
E: What kind of dance do you do?
W: I do… break dancing, tap, modern, jazz, ballet, everything, contemporary, everything.
E: Nice… The idea of the project is very much about your health, and why it matters, would you say there’s a feeling you can ascribe to when you’ve in the place, the shift when you need to get dancing?
W: Erm… Not really… I think it’s mainly when I’m sad…
When I’m sad I need something to express myself, when I can’t talk about it, then that’s how I express it, definitely, so that’s the way it is, when I feel myself getting low, I go, ok, I need to go and do something, that’s what it is…
E: Erm… I’m trying to think, sorry, I’m visualising at the same time which makes it hard to then think about the questions… because I’m like “oh yeah I could do that”, I start to picture things…
W: You’ve already got it in your head (laughs)
E: Yeah… so in terms of influences in your life, is there anybody jumps in your head?
W: My mum, my granddad who’s passed away, that’s it really
E: Why do you think they had such a big impact?
W: I don’t know, my granddad, he was always there like, always, no matter what it was, what it was for, he would always support me, like dancing, sports, everything, that was my granddad. And my mums just like the same, she’s the backbone of everybody, the go to.
E: Is that what you’d like to be for your son?
W: Yeah, obviously…
E: Errr… I’m just trying to think if there’s anything else specific… I’ve got ideas already…
W: Yeah, I can see it working, your like me…
E: Yeah, it whirls in your head…
W: When you hear something in the dance school, your like “oh yeah I can do this – this – or this” I could see it working in your head, the whole thing (laughs)
E: Yep, picturing it… Is that how it kind of works then, you listen to the music and then you’re like yeah…
W: Or you see a scenario, or somebody talks to you, and like again, you can do this, this or this, and it will express exactly what they’ve just said. Like you said, I was talking to you and I could see it working in your head
E: The cogs are turning, yep… Erm… What do you think about society and how we treat everything?
W: I think that… people think it’s more equal than it really is, people sugar coat things and say it’s equal, it’s not really. Even the kids that are younger than us, it really isn’t that equal and I think they’ve got it harder than we had it. There’s so many different aspects of everything in society, there’s just so much, so many different things… I don’t think it’s getting better, I think it’s getting worse…
E: Do you think that’s something to do with the amount of people?
W: Yeah, that’s why I said there’s too much different things, so many there, everybody’s got their own opinion, or their own way they look at things, and it just adds to the fire…
E: Hmmm… Do you think that has an effect on our health?
W: Definitely, sometimes your upset, your angry, sometimes you’ve not got the time to do the things you need to do to keep yourself healthy, or there’s people that can’t eat healthy, or can’t even look after themself, so, definitely…
E: Any cures for anything?
W: I don’t know about that… I can say people can be more understanding, but that don’t mean it’s going to happen… It’s that simple, people could be more understanding and care about everybody and how they feel, but I don’t see that happening very often so… Or always, help where you can, like me, ‘cause I’m always helping people where I can and everybody says “you help too much” but if you don’t help that much then what you gonna do, who else is going to do it?
E: Is there anything else that represents you?
W: I’m just thinking of an artistic aspect on a person. Well I like white tigers, they are my favourite.
E: Nice! Why?
W: Why? Because they’re fierce, but they look very calm and collected. But they’re fierce, like me. It describes me.
E: Nice. Ok, noted!
W: And you can blend in with everything.
E: Is that what you aim to do? Blend in?
W: I like to camouflage myself when I need to. When I don’t, I can be myself.
E: Do you feel like you are yourself most of the time, or do you feel like you have to act a certain way and then be yourself at certain times?
W: I’m myself most of the time. There’s different ways I act, but I’m myself most of the time.
E: Okay, so many ideas… so many ideas now!