19 May 2011

Flight by Liz Magic Laser

For the episodic narrative of Flight (2010), New York based artist Liz Magic Laser choreographs foot chases from films like The Shining, 28 Days Later, Battleship Potemkin and Vertigo, to be performed among expectant audiences at appointed civic locations. Liz describes the performance, during which the chaser in one scene becomes the chased in the next, as a series of fast-paced slippages where villains become victims and witnesses become perpetrators.

I love the simplicity of the idea, the execution (skill of the performers to instill pathos into the repeated reversal of character roles), and the opportunity for nonplussed spectators (who might say something or step in) to interact with the scene. “Here's Johnny!”

(The above video excerpt is from a recent performance in Times Square. Via Times Square Arts, Arts Journal and Artsinfo)