As Yorkshire got ready to welcome the opening stages of the Tour de France in 2014, we were incredibly proud and excited that Ghost Peloton, our highly ambitious collaboration with NVA, in partnership with Sustrans, was commissioned as one of the headline events for the Yorkshire Festival 2014, which marked the build-up to the Grand Départ.
Together, we produced a new film and live performance uniting dancers, a peloton of stunningly illuminated cyclists and iconic locations drawn from the Tour de France route through Yorkshire.
Ghost Peloton included a new film which was broadcast in connection with the opening days of the Grand Départ and a monumental public performance in Waides Yard, central Leeds on 16 & 17 May 2014. Inspired by the wheel in motion, the work fused performance cycling with athletic choreography performed by Phoenix’s dancers on film, with the varied landscapes of Yorkshire. Each ghost 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 becomes a source of creativity in itself extending perception of the immediate setting.
It was epic public art, operating on 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.
Ghost Peloton was created for Yorkshire Festival 2014 with support from Arts Council England, Yorkshire Water, Welcome to Yorkshire and Yorkshire Local Authorities.
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Premiered: May 2014