Performance Artist Magic Laser to Stage Classic Motion Picture Chase Scenes in Times Square

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Performance Artist Magic Laser to Stage Classic Motion Picture Chase Scenes in Times Square
Rehearsal for Flight in Times Square at 47th Street, by Liz Magic Laser with performers Nic Grelli, Elizabeth Hodur, Liz Micek, Michael Wiener, Lia Woertendyke and Max Woertendyke.

NEW YORK, NY.- Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins announced that performance artist Liz Magic Laser has been selected to present her work at the Crossroads of the World this May as part of Time Square Arts, the Alliance’s ongoing commitment to bring the best of contemporary art to Times Square.

Laser’s project Flight -- a sequence of live chase scenes from classic motion pictures -- will be staged at Duffy Square in Times Square, between 46th and 47th Street, on Tuesday, May 3 and Friday-Saturday, May 6-7.

Flight, features actors Nic Grelli, Elizabeth Hodur, Liz Micek, Michael Wiener, Lia Woertendyke and Max Woertendyke, performing chase scenes from films such as Battleship Potemkin, M, Niagara, American Psycho and 28 Days Later. The performance presents a series of fast-paced slippages where villains become victims and witnesses become perpetrators. Laser choreographs these scenes so that the pursuer in one scene becomes the pursued in the next.

“We’re thrilled that critically-acclaimed artist Liz Magic Laser has agreed to participate in Times Square Arts to enhance the Times Square experience for visitors and New Yorkers,” said Tompkins. “Sharing Flight with the more than half-a-million people who come through this distinctive and dynamic destination on a daily basis is an unparalleled opportunity for artists.”

Laser said, “In Flight performers embody the historical arc of the staircase in cinema as it has shifted from an arena of revolutionary struggle in Battleship Potemkin to the site of private trauma in films like The Shining.”

Performances of Flight will take place on the following dates:

Tuesday, May 3 (two performances) Noon and 1 pm. (press previews)
Friday, May 6 (three performances) 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 7 (four performances) 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Laser is a 2011 Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program resident and a graduate of The Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and Columbia University’s MFA program. Her work has been featured at the Prague Biennale 4 and Greater New York 2010 at MoMA PS1. She is represented by Derek Eller Gallery. In 2011, Laser will produce a project for the Performa Biennial.

Christopher Y. Lew, Assistant Curator at MoMA PS1, organized the first presentation of Flight for MoMA PS1’s courtyard staircase in April 2010 and continues to serve as curatorial advisor on the project. Laser developed Flight with the collaboration of performers, as well as fight choreographer Miranda Hennum, production assistant Mia Tramz and costume stylist Zuzka Kurtz. The project will include the creation of a video made with Producer David Guinan, Director of Photography Collin Kornfiend and camera operator Eric Yoon of Polemic Media LLC.

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