© Alan McAteer
Duisburg-Nord © Alan McAteer
 © Nielinger
Nordsternpark © Nielinger
 © Ruhr Tourismus
  © Ruhr Tourismus

Speed of Light Ruhr

From the 3 – 5 October 2013 NVA’s Speed of Light was staged throughout the Emscher Landschaftspark in the Ruhr region of Germany. Commissioned by Ruhr Tourismus, Speed of Light Ruhr traveled east to west performing in six iconic locations – Halde Hoheward, Bochum, Nordsternpark, Welterbe Zollverein, Oberhausen and Duisburg-Nord as it connected and animated the urban and rural landscape of the Ruhr.

Performing in 2 locations each night, runners from across all 53 towns and cities in the region undertook nightly runs as they connected and animated the vast industrial heritage and unique landscapes of the Emscher Landschaftspark.

For Speed of Light Ruhr, the creative team collaborated with German choreographer Pipo Tafel to develop unique responses to each performance location. Each location presented an opportunity to reflect on the region’s balance of industry, culture and nature, and was brought to life through collective movement and patterns of light.

“Speed of Light Ruhr is the most ambitious manifestation of the work that we have created to date and closest to the heart of the work, a physical celebration of endurance running and collective running articulating both the stunning industrial architecture of the region while simultaneously focussing on the green corridors that link the cities and towns from east to west. Speed of Light uses light as a medium to communicate both the individual energy and commitment of each runner and the beauty of people working together in symmetry and with common purpose.”
Angus Farquhar, Creative Director

Speed of Light Ruhr nightly performances took place from Thu 3 – Sat 5 October 2013.

Thurs 3 Oct:
Halde Hoheward, Herten
Jahrhunderthalle, Bochum

Fri 4 Oct:
Nordsternpark, Gelsenkirchen
Welterbe Zollverein, Essen

Sat 5 Oct:
CentrO, Oberhausen
Landschaftspark, Duisburg-Nord

Follow the journey on the Speed of Light Facebook page and our blog page.

Visit our location page for information on the Ruhr region.