Liz Magic Laser

“The sense of conspiratorial participation was intoxicating.” – The New York Times on Liz Magic Laser

From North Carolina to South Korea, commissioned by UNC-Chapel Hill?s Art Department and Carolina Performing Arts, combines the multimedia performance art of Liz Magic Laser with the choreography of Wendy Osserman. Collaborating for the first time, the mother-daughter duo examines the studied gestures of politicians and the actual events shown on the news. Focusing on internet news, Laser and Osserman look at the effect that posturing and emotional display have on the public?s perception.

This performance piece employs live video feeds with green screen effects, repurposing the techniques of news production in order to represent an embodied reception of the news. New York City dancer Cori Kresge joins a cast of North Carolina-based performers.

The development of this piece took place in part at UNC-Chapel Hill through a residency hosted by the Art Department. In addition to footage culled from the internet, the performance features excerpts from an interactive event live-streamed from Carolina Performing Arts to the Nam June Paik Art Center in Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea on September 12, 2014.

Conceived and directed by Liz Magic Laser and Wendy Osserman.

Denver Carlstrom, Chanelle Croxton, Victoria Facelli, Marie Garlock, Kaitlin June, Cori Kresge, Peter Pendergrass and Dorinda Thomas, performers
Irwin Seow, technical director
Anna Delgado and Rachel Johnson, production and research assistants

Special thanks to Hong-An Truong, Sooyoung Lee, Cary S. Levine, Emil Kang, Butch Garris, Matt Johnson and the Nam June Paik Art Center for making this project possible.

Performance Details

Performance Length: ~60 minutes with no intermission

Please note that seating for this performance is on the Memorial Hall stage, and the entrance to the performance is through the Stage Door located on the back left corner of Memorial Hall. If you are facing the front of Memorial Hall, go left around the building to enter.

Filming Notice >>


Friday, Sept 12th, 8 – 11 pm EST
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