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In March 2015, a team from the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan travelled to Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories, to spend many frigid nights filming no fewer than 179,000 images of the northern lights, in 360°. The crew had the perfect conditions to observe these shimmering waves of light, beneath a clear sky far from sources of light pollution. In these northern regions, the aurora borealis are visible 240 nights a year, on average.

For this all-new production by the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, directors Philippe Baylaucq and Sébastien Gauthier have put together an original immersive show. Gauthier, in co-operation with Loïc Quesnel, set the images to music by DJ Champion to create an exceptional experience for audiences. The show is accompanied by live commentary by the planetarium’s science interpreters, explaining the origin of these fascinating luminous phenomena.

Technical informations

Production: Montréal Space for Life

Directors: Philippe Baylaucq and Sébastien Gauthier

Executive Producer and Project Manager: Sébastien Gauthier

Script: Sébastien Gauthier and Loïc Quesnel

Music: DJ Champion

Sound Designer: Benoît Dame

Artistic Director – special effects: François Guinaudeau

Artistic Director – aurora borealis: Rémi Boucher

Immersive filming: Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, Society for Arts and Technology, Kwon O Chull, Göran Strand


Type of show: Multimedia show with live commentary

Location: Milky Way Theatre

Target audience: Ages 7 and up

Length: 40 minutes


Schedule of shows

Downloadable documents

Fact sheet - aurōrae[ - 907.68 KB - 2 pages]

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