June 24, 2017 — June 25, 2017 | Two Performances! Saturday & Sunday. Show at 7:30 pm.
Program Fee: $12.00
Program Fee Member: $10.00
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"Shoes accompany us on all our journeys. They say who we are, where we came from and where we are going." - Katherine Govier
Immigrant and refugee women from the Bow Valley share stories of their journeys to Canada, through a pair of shoes, in this very personal performance.
The Shoe Project invites immigrant women to write memoirs of their arrival in, and adaptation to, a Canadian community. Twelve immigrant and refugee women from the Bow Valley participated in the project this spring. Canadian author, Marina Endicott, led the women through a series of advanced writing workshops, which were followed by voice and public speaking coaching with Banff mezzo-soprano, Nan Hughes Poole.
Project participants come from all over the world to make a life for themselves and their families in Canada. The Bow Valley group is composed of women from India, Tibet, Colombia, Philippines, Czech Republic, Japan, Netherlands, Mexico, South Korea, and Nepal.
Now in its fifth year, The Shoe Project is a national initiative which was created by novelist Katherine Govier and incubated at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. The project amplifies the voices of immigrant women through storytelling, and gives them a voice in the Canadian mainstream. More information about the project can be found at: http://www.theshoeproject.online/
This year's Bow Valley participants are: Noriko Ohsada, Dana Roman, Pinky Malibiran, Nurdjana de Rijcke, Joylina Gonsalves, Monica Kim, Tenzin Palzom, Tenzin Phentok, Heidy Gaitan, Mariana Barron, Meena (Meghraj) Khadka, Sachiho Miller.
The Canmore edition of The Shoe Project is made possible by a grant from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Banff Canmore Community Foundation and the Government of Canada, with additional funding from The Shoe Project Canada through the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust and the Sonor Foundation.
One the photo: Meena Khadka. Photo by Lua Williams Photography