February 1, 2019 — February 2, 2019 | Two Performances! Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm.
Program Fee: $15
Program Fee Member: $12.75
“Shoes accompany us on all our journeys. They say who we are, where we came from and where we are going.” – Katherine Govier
The Shoe Project returns to Canmore with another evening of stories from the Bow Valley’s immigrant and refugee women. The Shoe Project is a writing and performance workshop for immigrant women who tell the stories of their journeys to Canada, through a pair of shoes. Now in its seventh year, the project was created by novelist Katherine Govier and incubated at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. Writing their shoe memoirs while being mentored by Canadian writers and voice coaches gives participants a voice and helps them be heard in their communities, and in the Canadian mainstream. Join them for this very personal performance.
Ten women from the Bow Valley participated in the project in the fall of 2018. Canadian author, Pamela Clark, 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 Colombia, Czech Republic, Japan, Mexico, Azerbaijan, Iran, Peru and Chile.
This year's Bow Valley participants are: Heidy Gaitan, Vladi Hudec, Alma Garcia Gonzalez, Lyudmila Fomina, Miroslava Cedidlova, Neda Madanian, Ysabel Laura Hanco, Akemi Hara-Ogle, Natsuko Watai, and Claudia Cousineau.
The Canmore edition of The Shoe Project is made possible thanks to the support from the Banff Canmore Community Foundation and through the Town of Canmore's Community Initiatives Grant, with additional funding from The Shoe Project Canada through the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust and the Sonor Foundation.
Special thanks to the 2018/19 project organizer Noriko Ohsada.
Photo by Lua Williams Photography