Liz Magic Laser

Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins announced that performance artist Liz Magic Laser was selected to present her work at the Crossroads of the World May, 2011 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 -- were staged at Duffy Square in Times Square, between 46th and 47th Street, on Tuesday, May 3 and Friday-Saturday, May 6-7.

Flight, featured 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 presented a series of fast-paced slippages where villains became victims and witnesses became perpetrators. Laser choreographed scenes so that the pursuer in one scene became 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.”