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Video: Ghost Peloton, the amazing light show that wowed Leeds before Tour de France

Dancers and cyclists combined with LED light suits produce mesmerising effect

Ghost Peloton, which combined performance art with riding bikes accompanied by a spectacular light show, was one of the undoubted highlights of the Yorkshire Festival which preceded July’s Grand Départ of the Tour de France.

Playing to an audience of 2,000 people on two nights at a former brewery in Leeds in May, a video has now been released of the mesmerising performance which involved dancers from Phoenix Dance Theatre plus 30 cyclists.

Ghost Peloton from NVA on Vimeo.

Supported by Sustrans, Ghost Peloton was the result of a collaboration between Phoenix Dance Theatre and NVA, which designed the special LED light suits worn by the performers, and which it says “can instantaneously change colour, flash-rate and luminosity.”

You can find out more information about NVA’s Speed of Light project, which has been the subject of performances in Germany, Japan, Salford and Edinburgh, here.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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