AURA, a luminous experience in the heart of Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica

by Valentina Ieva
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AURA is among Moment Factory’s most ambitious and creative illumination projects to date. This 45-minute immersive sound, light and video projection-mapping experience is staged in Montreal’s landmark Notre-Dame Basilica.

Light unveils the richness of the Notre-Dame Basilica’s heritage and invites us to celebrate its beauty.

 

The experience begins with a path of lights, revealing the Basilica’s wealth of exquisite works. A progressive immersion into a sonically and visually captivating universe guides visitors to the heart of Notre-Dame.

Then, light, orchestral music and grandiose architecture combine to create a unique, three-act multimedia spectacle.

Allow yourself to be transported by AURA and discover an unexpected, stunning universe presented upon one of the most sublime canvases imaginable: the Notre-Dame Basilica.

 

When James O’Donnell began his plan of the Notre-Dame Basilica in 1824, he envisioned a magnificent sacred space filled with rich colours and gilded details. The Irish-American architect’s Gothic Revival cathedral is defined by soaring lines and towering spires designed to lift visitors’ hearts and voices into communion with the divine. Almost two hundred years later, these aspirations continue to infuse the Moment Factory team’s approach. 

 

 

Because of the Basilica’s ornate interior architecture, the projection mapping system deployed to achieve AURA had to be fully integrated with the space. After extensive research, creative teams meticulously completed a 3D scan of the cathedral that acts as a complex digital canvas for the projections’ creative content.

 

This sophisticated custom-built mapping system perfectly matches the Basilica’s structure, facilitating the seamless integration of video projections. Video content is also adjusted to account for the space’s vibrant chromatic palette so that AURA’s colours enrich the Basilica’s existing details to produce a transformative visual experience.

 

Since its opening in March 2017, AURA has been performed over 400 times, selling out frequently.

 

www.aurabasiliquemontreal.com

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    • Valentina Ieva

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      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al cuore di natura elettrica’!)