16-17 May 2014
Ghost Peloton was a highly ambitious collaboration between NVA and Leeds based Phoenix Dance Theatre, in partnership with the national cycling advocacy charity, Sustrans. It was one of the main commissions for the Yorkshire Festival 2014, marking the build-up to the Grand Départ, with the opening two stages of the Tour de France coming to British shores this summer. Together, they produced a new film and live performance bringing together dancers, a peloton of stunningly illuminated cyclists and iconic locations drawn from the Tour de France route through Yorkshire.
Ghost Peloton was built on the worldwide success of NVA’s Speed of Light which since 2012 has choreographed massed endurance runners in sites as diverse as Arthur’s Seat, Yokohama docks and the entire Ruhr valley. The landscape of Yorkshire became an open canvas carrying a new visual language of light in motion, as Ghost Peloton took the work into a new creative territory, using cycling as the core of mass communal movement.
Ghost Peloton includes a new film which will be broadcast in connection with the opening days of the Grand Départ and the monumental, sold out public performances in Waides Yard, central Leeds which took place on 16 & 17 May. Inspired by the wheel in motion, the work fused performance cycling with athletic choreography performed by Phoenix’s dancers, and the varied landscapes of Yorkshire. Each rider, bike and performer was illuminated utilising NVA’s bespoke LED light suit which can instantaneously change colour, flash-rate and luminosity. The rhythm of movement from the choreographed actions of massed participations became a source of creativity in itself extending perception of the immediate setting.
It was epic public art, operating at the grandest scale, where physical surroundings become an open canvas carrying a new visual language, expressing mood and movement, comprised of form, colour and line.
The Herald, 24 June 2014
Ghost project turns the Tour de France into a work of art
BBC News, 17 May 2014
Tour de France ‘ghost cyclists’ take to Leeds streets
Culture Culture, 17 May 2014
It Just Flashed By
ITV, 16 May 2014
Ghost Peloton to light up Leeds
The Guardian, 14 May 2014
Ghost Peloton in pictures
Leed-List, 12 May 2014
Preview: Ghost Peloton