Traveling Shoes


Saturday, October 5, 7 pm to midnight
Castleberry Hill Arts District, Atlanta

Justin Thompson

In collaboration with Stefanie Nelson, Bradly Dever Treadaway and Jason Thompson with the participation of Frog and Toad’s Dixie Quartet

Traveling shoes is a performative sound work employing a mobile two-chair shoeshine stand with a built in sound system, dancers, a marching band, and shoe shiners engaged in gold leafing the public’s shoes as a metaphor for ascension. Drawing its title from an African American traditional folk song that speaks of the necessity for ‘traveling shoes’ when death comes to call, the performance investigates a shifted labor hierarchy, where the shoe shiner becomes provider of the means for redemption.

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