Choregraphies for Humans and Stars

Understanding infinity through the body

Every night at dusk, a new ritual welcomes us on the Planetarium’s doorsteps. Inspired by cosmic dynamics, this choreography invites us to understand macrocosms, and to physically feel astronomical phenomenons through our bodies. 

Permanent Installation since 2014

Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, Montreal, Canada

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The Project

The projection displays illustrations and instructions for the choreography. Each time participants move in sync with the animation, they impact and transform the projected storyline. Seven stones outline the dance floor with instructions engraved in each of them, keeping the dance floor alive and functional all day long.

Move so fast you are in slow motion.

The Choreography

Can our bodies help us feel the infinite? To answer this question, Daily collaborated with choreographer Dana Gingras in order to compose a dance inspired by the laws of physic and capable of guiding collective movement while maintaining enough freedom to indulge in personal interpretations.

With Help From the Kids

To help us create the animations on the Planetarium’s facade, Daily worked with filmmaker and animator Patrick Péris. Together, we directed a series of workshops for 8 to 12 year old kids from the Jean-Claude Malepart community center. These workshops not only involved the local community in the project, but also contributed to the educational mission of the Planetarium. The children were introduced to astronomy and animation techniques such as stop motion and light painting and ended up creating the vast majority of the visuals featured in the projection.

Close your eyes, squeeze them tight until you see the stars.

Photo By ©Geoffrey Boulangé

Credits

    • This project was commissioned by Space for Life, for the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium de Montreal.
    • A Project by Daily tous les jours
  • Creative Direction
    • Mouna Andraos
    • Melissa Montgiat
  • Production
    • Nicolas Fonseca
  • In-house Technical Direction
    • Eva Schindling
  • Interactive and Artistic Direction
    • Pierre Thirion
  • Choregraphy
    • Dana Gingras
  • Animation
    • Patrick Péris
  • Technical Direction
    • Matane Production
  • Software Development and Movement Detection
    • Société des arts technologiques
    • Métalab
    • Luc Courchesne
    • Emmanuel Durand
  • Industrial Design
    • Dikini
  • Graphic Design
    • Studio PILOTE
  • Copywriting
    • Émilie Grenier
  • Electronics Design
    • Michael Baker
  • Engineering
    • Jean Renaud
  • Spatial Design
    • Sophie Julien
  • Manufacturing
    • m3béton
  • Workshop Animation
    • Sandra Bagaria
    • Jacqueline Bui
    • Justine G. Chapeleau
    • Julien Gauthier
    • Melissa Plante-Husaruk
    • Vuk Stojanovic
    • Marie Valade
  • Donors of Work
    • The Public Art Bureau
    • The City of Montreal
    • Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
    • Space for Life
  • Images
    • Patrick Péris
    • Geoffrey Boulangé
    • Albert Zablit
  • Music
    • David Drury
  • Thank you
    • Francyne Lord, Isabelle Riendeau, Christian Pelletier, Members of the jury - André Chartray, Jean Therrien, Vincent Roy, Étienne Laurence. Loïc and his inflatable planetarium, Camille Bégin, Marie-Joëlle Fillion, The Planetarium and Espace pour la vie teams, Bruno L’Écuyer, Patrice Villeneuve, Nancy Belzile, Manuel Galipeau, Olivier Ouellet, Alix Ouellet, Francis Perreault, Carole Samson, K, Stéphane Roy, Albert Zablit, Sébastien Dallaire, Chanterelle Letellier, Simone Letellier, Antoine Clayette, Geoffrey Boulangé, Fady Atallah, The Bank and Anne Ouellette. Our loyal beta testers, the openFrameworks community. And mostly, Mother Nature.
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