Throughout the International Festival 2012, Edinburgh’s Arthur’s Seat was the focus for a remarkable fusion of innovative public art and sporting endeavour.
Throughout Festival 2012, Edinburgh’s Arthur’s Seat is the focus for a remarkable fusion of innovative public art and sporting endeavour.
Through a mass choreographed act of walking and endurance running, NVA’s Speed of Light will illuminate the iconic mountain, which rises dramatically from the heart of the city. A mesmerising visual display unfolds on the ascent to the summit as hundreds of runners wearing specially commissioned light suits take to the intricate path networks below. As a member of the walking audience, you become part of the work, with portable light sources set against the dark features of the mountainside.
In 2012, NVA’s Speed of Light, also includes working with seven of Edinburgh’s other Festivals on a programme of curated events, lectures, workshops and discussions investigating human endurance, through the subculture of long-distance running and the experience of the runner.
NVA’s Speed of Light is one of only four national projects commissioned by Legacy Trust UK’s Community Celebrations programme, which aims to build a lasting legacy from the UK’s hosting of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Please note, all walking participants will require a level of physical fitness to climb Arthur’s Seat and sturdy footwear must be worn. Participants must be aged 12 or over, with children under 16 accompanied by an adult.
This performance contains some flash lighting.
NVA’s Speed of Light World Premiere
Angus Farquhar Creative director
Jane Connarty Associate director
Litza Bixler Choreographer
Phil Supple Lighting designer
James Johnson Product designer
Resonance Radio Orchestra Sound design