More than 3,000 spectators arrived to watch the choreographed performance take place behind historical Leeds venue The Tetley over the two days. Each cyclist wore an LED light suit designed by Phil Supple to create a moving, human light show.
The Ghost Peloton was organised by Leeds’ Phoenix Dance Theatre, Glasgow-based public arts organisation NVA and transport charity Sustrans. The event, which was part of a celebratory weekend organised by Leeds Hotels & Venues, was part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014, the first cultural event series in the Tour de France’s 111-year history.
Besides the BMX stunt cyclist who wowed the crowd with various ‘flatline’ tricks, all cyclists were volunteers who responded to an advert for cycling enthusiasts on social media.
The 45-minute spectacle, which was directed by Angus Farquhar from the NVA and choreographed by artistic director of the Phoenix Dance Theatre Sharon Watson, took place as the sun set over the city.
The performance was coupled with a film inspired by the Tour’s impending journey through Yorkshire, featuring the Phoenix theatre’s dancers.
Watson said: "Ghost Peloton draws on talented and diverse artists coming together to create something unique, engaging and appealing on many levels. I am proud and excited to be sharing it with the world.
"It really is an example of Yorkshire giving you more and looking at world class art in a fresh way."
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