Slideshow Aurora Borealis
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  • Creator – Original concept
    Robert Lepage
  • Lighting design – Original concept
    Martin Gagnon - Ambiance Lighting and Visual Design

Production team

  • Production manager
    Mario Brien
  • Assistant to the production manager
    Caroline Pineau
  • Technical director
    Michel Loiselle
  • Assistant to the technical director
    Annie Lacourse
  • Communications assistant
    Chantal Duplain
  • Lighting assistant and programmer
    Matthieu Rousseau
  • Lighting assistant
    Charles-Étienne Paquette-Bouthillier
  • Project manager, electricity and control
    François Gagnon - Groupe ÉcoSynergie
  • Electricity and control assistant
    Éric Gagnon - Groupe ÉcoSynergie
  • Network administrator
    Marc-Antoine Fleury
  • Computer designer
    Dominic Minguy-Jean
  • Location supervisor
    Jacques Rouleau
  • Key grip
    Danny Rochette
  • Grips/carpenters
    Dave Boutin-Noël
    Pierre L'Heureux
  • Gofer
    Jean-François Grenier
  • Buyers
    Jean-Philippe Turmel
    Yannick Nolin
  • Machine operator
    Yves Marois
  • Technicians
    Alexandra Gendron
    Alexandre Rousseau
    Benoît Rousseau
    Christian-Olivier Paré
    Cindy Dumont-Bédard
    Claude Michaud
    Daniel Trottier
    Danny Jenkins
    Dominique Lemieux
    Elsa Daigle
    Émilie Fecteau
    Emy Durette-Yockell
    Ève Drouin-Vaillancourt
    François Bart Laflamme
    François Patry
    Frédéric Cyr
    Frédéric Fortier
    Guillaume Loubier-Jacques
    Jean-Benoît Allard
    Jean-Pascal Michaud
    Jean-Philippe Turmel
    Jérôme Vallée
    Keena Lamarre-Meetaroo
    Marc Vinceslas
    Marc-Olivier Pelletier
    Marie-Pier Lepage
    Mireille Bergeron
    Nicolas Jenkins
    Olivier Bourque
    Philippe Mainguy
    Philippe Matte
    Sébastien Bolduc
    Stéphane Painchaud
    Valérie Bossinotte-Gosselin
    Yannick Nolin
    Yves Marois

Ex Machina

  • Producer
    Michel Bernatchez
  • Vice president, finance
    Jean-Pierre Vézina
  • Administrative and human resources director
    Guy Lanteigne
  • Director of communications and project manager
    Martine Rochon
  • Technical consultants
    Tobie Horswill
    Catherine Guay
  • Technical director
    Patrick Durnin
  • Assistant to the producer
    Vanessa Landry-Claverie
  • Special project manager
    Dali Berthiaume
  • Communications assistant and marketing coordinator
    Catherine Jalbert
  • Administrative assistants
    Sylvie Racine
    Carmen Hattote
  • Assistant to the vice president, finance
    Francine Poitras
  • Travel agent and receptionist
    Francine Dupuis
  • Network administrator
    Marc-Antoine Fleury
  • Archivist
    Véronique Saint-Jacques
  • Workshop technican
    Sylvain Durocher
  • Maintenance
    Daniel Bernatchez

Robert Lepage inc.

  • Agent and assistant to Robert Lepage
    Lynda Beaulieu
  • Assistant to Lynda Beaulieu
    Johanne Tremblay
  • Assistant to Robert Lepage
    Patrick Caux
  • Aurora Borealis
    Production of Ex Machina
    Presented by the City of Quebec
    In collaboration with
    G3 and the Port of Quebec

Aurora Borealis


Aurora Borealis is a permanent lighting installation inspired by the colors of the northern lights. Robert Lepage and Ex Machina will again exploit the lines of the Old Port grain silos, this impressive architecture structure, by permanently lighting them every night from dusk until 11:30 pm.

Aurora Borealis is a contemplative work; an artistic impression of the magnitude and the beauty of nature. It is not a show or a video projection but rather movement of light on a building, movements inspired by the aurora borealis.” Robert Lepage, designer and co-creator of the project.

Aurora Borealis is also the meeting of two artists, Robert Lepage and Martin Gagnon long-time collaborators on a multitude of projects, including The Image Mill™, ZuluTime and Elsinore.

For this project, the designers used green technologies that need very little maintenance; all the lights used are LED (Light-Emitting Diode) technology, known for its low energy consumption, its longevity and reliability.

Illumination time of the silos will vary depending on sunset times.

Our partners

Many partners helped to make this project possible. Thanks to the City of Quebec, who is the principal promoter, we can contemplate the permanent lighting system until 2027. Also, we would like to highlight the exceptional collaboration of the Port of Quebec and G3, who have generously opened their doors to us and have given us once again their trust.

To see the technical rider


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