© Alan McAteer
  © Alan McAteer
 © Alan McAteer
  © Alan McAteer

Speed of Light Salford

NVA’s Speed of Light brought The Quays, Greater Manchester’s waterfront to life from Thu 21 – Sat 23 March 2013 with nightly performances which were enjoyed by over 8000 audience members from local areas and further afield.

A centrepiece of the Edinburgh International Festival in 2012 and then staged in the docklands of Yokohama in Japan, the night-time work uses light, intentional movement and sound to change the way we see and feel about a chosen environment.

Hundreds of runners in specially commissioned LED light suits created beautiful, choreographed patterns of light flowing through streets, over bridges and around public spaces and buildings. Free and non-ticketed for the watching audience, it was seen as a piece of abstract art on the grandest scale: monumental but surprisingly quiet and reflective.

NVA’s Speed of Light was commissioned by Quays Culture, a new arts programme based at Quays/MediaCityUK, which aims to attract local and international talent to Greater Manchester.

A short film from Speed of Light Salford can be viewed here (trailer, 55 secs) and here (full version, 6 mins).