Routine to illuminate a cycling spectacle to remember

Rehearsals for the Ghost Peloton at Phoenix Dance Theatre in Quarry Hill, Leeds. Pictured are dancers Phil Sanger and  Vanessa Vince-Pang. Picture by Steve Riding

Rehearsals for the Ghost Peloton at Phoenix Dance Theatre in Quarry Hill, Leeds. Pictured are dancers Phil Sanger and Vanessa Vince-Pang. Picture by Steve Riding

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A unique dance performance that will form the backdrop to an illuminated peloton of cyclists is being perfected in Yorkshire.

A team of 10 professional dancers from Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Theatre have practiced their routine, to be performed wearing special LED light suits alongside a procession of BMX riders, for the final time before its filming this month.

The inventive film’s debut will see it projected to crowds watching a choreographed two-wheeled routine by illuminated cyclists outside The Tetley gallery in Hunslet on May 16 and 17.

Around 2,000 people are expected to view the shows, which are being billed among the headline attractions of the £2m Yorkshire Festival 2014 ahead of the July 5 and 6 Grand Depart.

Sharon Watson, artistic director at Phoenix, said: “The light suits and music draw you in so you’re mesmerised by the complex patterns made through movement. It will be a wonderful experience at dusk in Leeds.”

Ghost Peloton has been developed by Scottish arts charity NVA, Phoenix Dance Theatre and sustainable transport charity Sustrans.

The 45-minute live show, which itself will be filmed before being screened during the Grand Depart TV coverage, will see riders roll in from five Sustrans National Cycle Network trails before coming together in an eye-catching display at The Tetley.

The cycling peloton will be made up of up to 60 riders who range from competitive cyclists to commuters. Auditions run up to tomorrow. Visit www.festival.yorkshire.com.

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