Speed of Light Yokohama
Building on the critical acclaim of Speed of Light Edinburgh, our international debut in Japan was also a huge success.
In creative partnership with the British Council, Speed of Light Yokohama was presented as part of Smart Illumination Yokohama, from 31 October to 4 November 2012.
The annual festival, themed on sustainability and energy-saving technology, commissioned NVA’s Speed of Light to create a moving nightscape in Yokohama’s urban environment over two nights of the festival. It was presented as the first step in developing a long-term partnership with the company.
Creative Director Angus Farquhar collaborated with Japanese choreographer Makiko Izu, Director of Tokyo-based performance company Grinder Man, to develop a unique response to the environment. Titled 3 movements, 100 choreographed runners activated the city streets and waterfront areas over 3 and 4 November.
Sparkling lines of runners, each generating their own power and animated by remotely controlled wireless technologies, created a stunning visual language across a series of landmark sites including the Foreign Office designed International Ferry Terminal, with its remarkable asymmetrical wooden walkways extending out into the ocean.
Smart Illumination Yokohama was established following the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 and the increasing need to utilize LED lights, solar panels and other energy generation methods and energy storing systems.
Creative Director Angus Farquhar was interviewed by On Your Mark whilst in Japan. The article can be seen at http://onyourmark.jp/2012/12/offbeatrun04/39911
Jeff Streeter, Director of British Council Japan blogs about the staging of Speed of Light in Yokohama http://blog.britishcouncil.org/2012/12/06/public-art/
Speed of Light Yokohama was the first in a series of presentations through which NVA will collaborate and respond to cultures and environments across the UK and internationally.
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