Regular visitors to The Quays will be no strangers to seeing joggers make use of Greater Manchester’s waterfront to keep fit, but it’s unlikely they will have seen anything like NVA’s Speed of Light, a remarkable night time event taking place for the first time in England, on Thursday 21, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March 2013 from 8pm-9pm
Over 400 runners will take part in the extraordinary performance, activating specially designed, individual light suits to bring the urban landscape to life. Each night, runners will animate the canal banks, bridges and public spaces around The Lowry, IWM North (part of Imperial War Museums) and MediaCityUK, home of the University of Salford and BBC North, as they move in choreographed patterns set to a specially commissioned audio accompaniment.
A free event for a watching audience, with no advance booking required.
Speed of Light, created by public arts charity NVA, uses cutting edge technology to turn runners into human fireflies, attaching a series of LEDs to the joints, limbs and heads of moving bodies to create a beautiful and memorable experience for both participants and onlookers. The advanced technology allows NVA to control the sequence and flow of the light by remotely controlling each individual suit
Having previously been staged as part of the Edinburgh International Festival 2012 and on the docklands of Yokohama in Japan, NVA’s Speed of Light harnesses the beauty of light, intentional movement and mass participation to encourage a shift in our perceptions of an otherwise familiar environment.
Angus Farquhar, Creative Director of NVA, says: “Salford Quays is a perfect place to stage our first UK-wide outing for Speed of Light, which is set to tour the world over the next two years. The combination of water, bridges, raised routes and signature architecture is a powerful setting in which to experience the subtle patterns of light the runners make as they move through and around the location”