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New Shows at the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan

Kyma, Power of Waves and Edge of Darkness
Montréal, May 9, 2017 - 

As we mark our city’s 375th anniversary this year, Montréal Space for Life is saluting life with two new multimedia shows inspired by science and nature. Projected on the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan’s 360-degree dome, Kyma, Power of Waves is an immersive, artistic experience carrying us off on a journey from the infinitely large to the infinitely small. It looks at the science of invisible waves, a phenomenon found in music, light, atoms and all forms of life. The second new show, Edge of Darkness, invites us along on the most recent space missions and presents some surprising revelations about the tiny celestial objects in our Solar System (comets and asteroids).

Kyma… to see what we feel

The fruit of the first-ever partnership between Montréal Space for Life and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB/ René Chénier), Kyma, Power of Waves explores the universe of waves and celebrates the singular place of life in it. This allegorical tale told in images and music, created and directed by filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq, with an original score by Robert Marcel Lepage, is true to the NFB’s great visionary tradition and spirit. The musicians and acrobats in Kyma embody the invisible worlds of waves in an original and metaphorical immersive experience. Audiences will emerge surprised, moved and full of the energy emanating from this short film on the fundamental relationship between humanity and invisible nature.

Voyages to the Edge of Darkness

In the dark depths of space lie millions of tiny objects that have always escaped our gaze. But now, in Edge of Darkness, produced by Evans & Sutherland, an American company, and adapted by the Montréal Space for Life / Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan team (direction, music, staging), audiences will be able to join three exploratory missions that have shed new light on these little-known celestial objects. Since 2015, the Dawn, Rosetta and New Horizons probes have sent back close-up looks at Ceres and Vesta, in the astonishing world of the asteroid belt; the age-old icy surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko; and Pluto, at the farthest reaches of our Solar System. This fascinating journey to the mysterious limits of our Universe sheds new light on the tumultuous origins of our own world, and on the violent impacts that have caused such destruction since then and whose debris may yet reach Earth. But space, with its hidden dangers and endless fascination, always invites us to journey to the edge of darkness.

Here’s to life!

As we mark our city’s 375th anniversary this year, Montréal Space for Life is saluting life and everything it gives us. Our institutions are hosting a captivating and festive program of activities to bring everyone together to celebrate nature that heals, feeds and inspires us. (#Herestolife)

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