Bound Feet Blues: A Life Told In Shoes is Yang-May’s personal story about the tradition of foot binding, as practiced by her older relatives. This unconventional memoir is both a book and a solo theatre performance work. The work interweaves Yang-May’s experiences of being a Chinese-Malaysian woman in the UK, her own ‘coming out’ story, and cultural reflections of what it means to be a woman and an exploration into mother-daughter relationships. Bound Feet Blues is Yang-May’s life story – told in shoes.
In Chinese tradition, women with tiny bound feet were desirable as wives and lovers, their delicate feet seen as objects of both status and sexual fetish. What can the ancient tradition of footbinding tell us about the role of women beneath the gaze of men and the relationship between mothers and daughters?
In Bound Feet Blues, Yang-May Ooi explores themes of female desirability, identity and empowerment in this personal story told through the shoes in her life – from stilettos and expensive Italian pumps to trainers, hiking boots and biker boots.
Yang-May’s Bound Feet Blues solo story performance is scheduled for a three-week run at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London’s West End from November 24th 2015. A few tickets are still available.
You can read a recent interview with author Yang-May Ooi here:
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Yang-May Ooi is a bestselling author, award-winning TEDx speaker and acclaimed story performer of Chinese-Malaysian heritage, now living in London.
Her first novel The Flame Tree topped the Malaysian bestseller charts and was closely followed by Mindgame, possibly the first – and only – Malaysian lesbian thriller (both published by Hodder & Stoughton, now re-issued by Monsoon). She is the co-author of International Communications Strategy, which was nominated for the FT Goldman Sachs Book Award. Her TEDx talk Rebel Heart: How Small Acts of Rebellion Can Create Powerful Change was described as “electrifying” and “one of the best and most moving talks at a TEDx event”.
Yang-May’s unconventional memoir Bound Feet Blues – A Life Told in Shoes (published by Urbane Publications in Nov 2015) tells the stories behind the story of her solo theatre piece of the same name. The book’s publication will coincide with the return of Yang-May’s solo story performance to London’s West End for the three week run in Nov/ Dec 2015. Bound Feet Blues, the story performance, has been described by reviewers as “powerful”, “engaging, eye-opening, funny and moving” and “beautifully performed and directed”.