Conceived and directed by Kay Turner, Otherwise: Queer Scholarship into Song takes the form of a musical review featuring the unconventional transformation of recent queer scholarship into original songs performed for your enjoyment and enlightenment! Lyrics are arranged from the works of participating scholars and performed by Kay Turner and the Pages (Viva DeConcini and Mary Feaster) and special guests.
Lessons are “otherwise” learned when at home you find yourself humming an academic tome!!
2016 Show at Joe’s Pub, NYC
View the individual songs in the playlist below, or keep scrolling for the full unedited show and photo slideshow. Download the Order of the 2016 Program.
2013 Show at Dixon Place, NYC
View the individual songs in the playlist below, or keep scrolling for the full unedited show and photo slideshow. Download the Order of the 2013 Program.
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About Kay Turner
Kay Turner works across disciplines, including writing, music, performance, and folklore. She holds a PhD in Folklore from the University of Texas in Austin and is an Adjunct Professor in Performance Studies at NYU. For many years she served as the folklorist for the borough of Brooklyn, based at the Brooklyn Arts Council.
In addition to “Otherwise,” recent performance works conceived and performed by Turner include “What a Witch, Parts 1-5,” performed in New York, Miami, and Austin; and “When Gertrude (Stein) Met Susan (Sontag),” staged in New York, San Francisco and Austin.
Turner has written songs and performed in numerous bands, most notably her ‘Girls in the Nose’ project (active 1985-1996; on reunion tours 2015-2018) promoting a lesbian rock-punk sensibility. The band released two albums, ‘Girls in the Nose’ (1989) and ‘Origin of the World’ (1991). Her books include Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms (with Pauline Greenhill), Beautiful Necessity: The Art and Meaning of Women’s Altars, Baby Precious Always Shines: Love Notes Between Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas and I Dream of Madonna.
Otherwise: Queer Scholarship into Song
Conceived and Directed by Kay Turner
Performance documentation hosted by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) at New York University
For CSGS/NYU: Ann Pellegrini, Director (2008-2017) and Robert Campbell, Associate Director
Dixon Place, New York City
April 4, 2013 at 7pm
Lyrics arranged from works by the following authors: Barbara Browning, Lisa Cohen, Ann Cvetkovich, Carolyn Dinshaw, Lisa Duggan, Maxine Henryson, Marget Long, José E. Muñoz, Tavia Nyong’o, Ann Pellegrini, and Kay Turner
Music written by: Terry Dame, Viva DeConcini, Mary Feaster, Dynasty Handbag, Ishwari Lynn Keller, Gretchen Phillips, Paula Schorr, Karen Siegel, Kay Turner, and Chris Williams
Performed by: Masi Asare, Terry Dame, Babs Davy, Viva DeConcini, David Driver, Betsy Farrell, Mary Feaster, Dynasty Handbag, Ishwari Lynn Keller, Marget Long, Ann Pellegrini, Gretchen Phillips, Paula Schorr, Karen Siegel, Liz Snyder, Kay Turner, and Chris Williams
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, New York City
April 24, 2016 at 7pm
Lyrics arranged from works by the following authors: Barbara Browning, Lisa Cohen, Christina Crosby, Ann Cvetkovich, Carolyn Dinshaw, Lisa Duggan, Heather Love, José E. Muñoz, Tavia Nyong’o, Ann Pellegrini, and Kay Turner
Music written by: Viva DeConcini, Mary Feaster, Gretchen Phillips, Paula Schorr, Karen Siegel, Kay Turner, and Chris Williams
Performed by: Viva DeConcini, David Driver, Mary Feaster, Kalen Lister, Ann Pellegrini, Gretchen Phillips, Vanessa Roe, Paula Schorr, Karen Siegel, Liz Snyder, Kay Turner
Photography © 2013 Dixie Sheridan
Photography © 2016 Andrew Hinderaker
Production Design and Artworks © 2013, 2016 Ella Gant
Videography © 2013 Ella Gant
Videography © 2016 Christopher and Anna Mulé | Media Folk
Landing page image provided from the archive of David “Buzz” Kolwyck
Lyrics are copyright authors, their publishers, and arrangers as named. Music is copyright music composers as named. Copies, reproductions, transmissions in any media, derivations, or redistributions of Otherwise: Queer Scholarship into Song in part or whole without permission of authors and composers is strictly prohibited.
Copyright 2013 Kay Turner/OtherwiseQueerScholar Productions
Copyright 2016 Kay Turner/OtherwiseQueerScholar Productions
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As per our agreement, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) at New York University (NYU) is uploading to Flickr photos and to YouTube video recordings, as well as uploading other documentation, of performances from “Otherwise: Queer Scholarship into Song” that took place at Dixon Place (NYC) on April 4, 2013, and at Joe’s Pub (at the Public Theater, NYC) on April 24, 2016. CSGS and NYU do not claim ownership of the “Otherwise” project or its components (including music, lyrics, photographs, images, documents), and all artists, writers, and performers retain full ownership of the material presented. This agreement is in effect for documentation of these 2013 and 2016 performances and for all future iterations of the project “Otherwise” entered into the CSGS/NYU website.