a city of ladies:
a question of where
The Trail of the Red Shoes

(a work in progress)

creator, performer, compiler

a non-narrative performance/lecture about women’s place(s) in the world in the shape of a double-helix.

It entails an embodied investigation of the words of dead women visionaries and of the economics of witch hunts past and present.

Authors: Silvia Federici, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Beatrice of Nazareth, Anne Sexton, Catalina de Erauso, Jenna Kirk and Hildegard of Bingen


Part I of III: 

The Trail of the Red Shoes

Created and compiled through various texts and stories and with the essential aid of Felicita Marcelli of the Open Program of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards and nurtured during Wistaria Project's LEIMAY Fellowship at CAVE. Photo by Jeremy Goren.

Into the Future

Part II & III:

Leaping off from here,

Part II & III are to be constructed with other people and their stories,

to see what could be forged together through this lens. Perhaps the foundations of a new city?


In the late 1300s, The Book of the City of Ladies was written by Christine de Pizan. In it, three daughters of God come down to talk with her, and she asks them questions about why the world treats women the way that it does. They answer her and simultaneously build a 'City of Ladies' through telling stories and histories of remembered and forgotten women. These stories are what make up the foundations and walls of this city.

The Trail of the Red Shoes is the solo interpretation of gathered material from women writers and visionaries from 1000 AD to the 1970s. Engaging with ideas of economics and witchtrials and voice. A prologue really.