AURA returns to Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal in a renewed form

AURA, the immersive experience created by Moment Factory, returns starting August 13.

Taking place in the stunning nave of this Gothic Revival masterpiece, the AURA experience immerses the audience in a captivating visual and musical universe. First created to mark the 375th anniversary of Montréal and critically acclaimed worldwide, AURA has already been performed over 1,300 times between 2017 and 2020 and has been seen by more than 650,000 spectators from 137 countries.

 


This updated version features three new scenes told through music and images that are projected onto the most exquisite backdrop there is: Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal’s breathtaking Gothic Revival architecture. The show celebrates the simplicity of light and the shapes, materials and colours of the Basilica.

The newly added musical moments showcase the Basilica’s exceptional Casavant organ, which was inaugurated in 1891 and whose 7,000 pipes can be heard being played live during the show.

It was made possible by recording and sequencing a performance of Pierre Grandmaison, titular organist of the Basilica, that could later be played live without the musician while keeping all of the nuances and emphases of the composition. The soundtrack was composed by Marc Bell and Gabriel Thibaudeau of TROUBLEMAKERS. It includes an original orchestral composition performed by 30 musicians and 20 choristers, and features the impressive Basilica organ.

The uplifting effect of the organ and one-of-a-kind acoustics of the Basilica reveal the vast space surrounding the audience that reverberates to the powerful sound of this unique instrument for an authentic experience.

The AURA experience
Participants are invited to sit in the nave for a spectacular performance that brings together light and music. Wherever they are seated, they will be amazed by the breathtaking scenes projected across the Basilica’s walls, vaulted ceiling and altarpiece.

AURA will first be presented on Fridays at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and on Saturdays at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Depending on demand, more performances may be added to the schedule. Tickets can be purchased online.