WHAT A WITCH, PART 5: HANSEL AND GRETEL QUEERED (DEVOURING)
Friday (2/17), 3:30pm-6:30pm, The VORTEX (2307 Manor Rd.)
A queer take on Grimms’ famous tale “Hansel and Gretel” in which the fear of being devoured is transformed into the pleasure of eating and being eaten. In a wooded location in Austin, the witch (Kay Turner) and her animal familiars and renegade fairy tale characters (played by twelve local Austin performers and musicians) await festival participants–hansels and gretels–who come in pairs to the witch. They find her seated on a pile of glittering, wrapped candies–an homage to Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s “Untitled” (USA Today), 1990. In a brief ritual, she asks them to eat some candy as she addresses their fears of being devoured–not just by her, but by anything that might consume them. A “revised” version of “Hansel and Gretel” is told. New, queer meanings of the story are revealed.
Cast includes: Adrienne Sneed, Anna Abraham, Madge Darlington, Laurie Eiserloh, Ellie Erickson, Hazey Fairless, Allison Faust, Lisa Moore, Mary Sanger, Suzy Seriff, Lindsay Smith, Emily Socolov, Ann Cvetkovich, Darcee Douglas, Laura Freeman, Jenny Hoyston, Katy Koonce, Joanna Labow, Beth Schindler, Paige Schilt, Gretchen Phillips.
PLEASE NOTE: The performance is durational and repeated, couple by couple, over a period of three hours. The performance ends with a brief 15 minute scholarly lecture on Witches, Wildness, and Devouring Women. The lecture is open to all, even those who do not wish to take part in the performance.
SIGN-UP: Contact Kay Turner at email@example.com for instructions on how to sign up. If possible, sign up with a partner or be prepared to be assigned a partner on the day of performance. The performance is limited to a total of 70 people ( 35 Hansel and Gretel pairs), so go for it!