In March 2015, a team from the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium 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 Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, 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.
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: Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, 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