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What a Witch, Part 7 NIGHT HAGS: Visitation

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Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Parsons School of Design at the New School

66 5th Avenue

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For TEST BED, a symposium on the vicissitudes of sleep, performer and folklorist Kay Turner presents #7 in a series of participatory performances exploring and reimagining the figure of the witch. Night Hags, cultural variants of which are found worldwide, come unbidden to interrupt dreams and cause frightening experiences of sleep paralysis. With help from dancers Katya Lazor, Lea Fulton and performer Angeli Sion, as well as audience members, Turner reveals new meanings of this hag. Perhaps, she is, in fact, your dream come true….



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Natalie Fizer & Emily Stevenson co-founders of Pillow Culture


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Kay Turner is an artist and scholar working across disciplines including writing, music, performance, and folklore. Turner holds a PhD in folklore from the University of Texas at Austin. She is the current president (2015-2018) of the American Folklore Society. Since 2002 she has been Adjunct Professor in Performance Studies at NYU. Her books include Beautiful Necessity: The Art and Meaning of Women’s Altars (NY and London: Thames and Hudson); Baby Precious Always Shines: Love Notes Between Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas (NY: St. Martin's Press); and, with Pauline Greenhill,Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms (Wayne State University Press). Turner's current book project What a Witch queerly rethinks the witch figure in history, story and performance. What a Witch includes an ongoing series of performances exploring the complexities of the witch figure.

Turner's recent performance works include “Before and After: What the Witch’s Nose Knows that Andy Warhol’s Nose Can Never Know” (2017); “Hansel and Gretel Queered (Devouring)” (2017); “When Gertrude Met Susan: A Literary Love Fest” (2011- 2016); “Spurning Fertility, Smashing Tchotchkes” (2016); “The Black Kiss” (with Mary Beth Edelson), Brittany, France, 2014; and “Otherwise: Queer Scholarship into Song” (2013- present).

Angeli Sion lives and works in New York. Her practice attends to embodied transformation and moves toward the more than human. Some people call her a performance artist.

Lea Fulton is a movement artist working at the intersection of intimacy, vulnerability and ritual. She has worked in NYC for the past 14 years in the fields of dance, immersive theater and dancefilm.

Katya Lazor is a dance artist who graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in dance in May ‘17. While at Tisch, Katya performed in works by Stephanie Batten Bland, Crystal Pite, Trisha Brown, and Cherylyn Lavagnino, and was chosen to study abroad in Prague during the Tisch Dance summer program.


Hosted by MFA Interior Design, Parsons, The New School


image credit: Andrew Hinderaker

sponsor: Leesa sponsor in-kind: Glant Textiles

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