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Lashing Skies

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PHI Centre Space B
315 Saint-Paul St West
Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2M3

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Wednesday and Thursday:
1:00 pm to 8 pm
*last group enters at 7 pm

1:00 pm to 9:30 pm
*last group enters at 8:30 pm 

10:00 am to 9:30 pm
*last group enters at 8:30 pm

10:00 am to 8 pm
*last group enters at 7 pm

Duration of the visit: 45 minutes

*Please expect to spend approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with us to do the other two experiences included in your ticket.

11 years old +

General Admission: $22 - $35
Student (11+): $17 - $26
65+: $19 - $30

Price excluding taxes

For group reservations, please contact [email protected]

To help extend your audio experience, your Lashing Skies ticket also gives you access to two additional immersive experiences: Living Sound and Eternal by Darkfield Radio

Lashing Skies, is a captivating 45-minute immersive audio journey of 5 imagined stories on the edges of disaster during the events of September 11th, 2001 designed and directed by multidisciplinary artist Brigitte Poupart.

Where were you that day?

What were you doing the morning of?

What were you wearing?

Are you the same person now?

Lashing Skies investigates the tension between individual and collective memory, through five (5) individual’s stories during the events of September 11, 2001. Although these attacks are still deeply rooted in our collective memory, it is not the only tragic common experience in our recent human history. The Paris attacks at the Bataclan, the explosions at the port of Beirut, and of course the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, are still felt to this day.

We all have particular moments in time throughout our lives when tragedy hits, and marks us for time eternal. We pose the same questions: Where were you that day, that morning? These stories, anchored in time, space, and bodies, affect us all in different ways. Our collective conscience cannot be denied. Rather than avoiding it, we say explore it.

Your journey will take you through a large, dark room filled with ashes and paper scattered throughout the space. As you wander, so too does your mind. What happened here? Where do I begin?

Each poem investigates a human story on the fringe of disaster, and the collective narrative that ties them together. You will confront each, without ever meeting their physical or psychological portraits. The soundscapes will envelope you, allowing you to recreate each character and their environment from your own imagination.

Based on the poem series, Ciel à outrances, written by Madeleine Monette and published by Hexagone Editions.

Poems translated by Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott and published under the title Lashing Skies by Ekstasis Editions.

Cielaoutrances imagebloc1
Photo: Fred Gervais-Dupuis

Follow Their Story

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Photo: Fred Gervais-Dupuis


To prepare you for your Lashing Skies experience, a few words from artistic director Brigitte Poupart...

“Without memory there is no imagination, and without imagination nothing can restore memory. Therefore, one cannot go without the other. Thanks to the imagination that springs from memory, we can imagine the future. You can relieve yourself from the loneliness of your own story through the art of never being alone telling the same story.”

Brigitte Poupart


Lashing Skies is an atypical immersive audio experience designed and directed by multidisciplinary artist Brigitte Poupart, based on the poetic suite of the same name by Madeleine Monette published by Ekstasis Editions.


All poems feature the album titled The Disintegration Loops.

Composer/Performer: William Basinski
Label: 2062 / Temporary Residence Ltd.

After completing your Lashing Skies journey, we invite you to discover the Living Sound installation to learn about the making of the soundscape behind the work, and to re-discover the full contemplative and visceral track.

Ciela Outrances Habitat Sonore William Basinski

Rufus Ciela Outrances

Milk of the Sky

Special collaboration with Rufus Wainwright and Madeleine Monette, featuring Phoebe Greenberg, Douglas Grégoire, FABjustfab, Micheline Lanctôt, Dany Laferrière, Rabah Aitouyahia, Betty Bonifassi and Isabel dos Santos

Photo: Tony Hauser
Micheline Ciela Outrances


Narration by: Micheline Lanctôt
FAB Ciela Outrances


Narration by: FABjustfab

Photo: Victoria Dimaano
Douglas Gregoir Cielaoutrances


Narration by: Douglas Grégoire

Photo: Douglas Grégoir
Pheobe Ciela Outrances

Vital Impulse

Narration by: Phoebe Greenberg

Photo: Sean Mollitt

Le lait du ciel

Special collaboration with Rufus Wainwright and Madeleine Monette, featuring Phoebe Greenberg, Douglas Grégoire, FABjustfab, Micheline Lanctôt, Dany Laferrière, Rabah Aitouyahia, Betty Bonifassi and Isabel dos Santos

Photo: Simon Jutras
Artacho Ciela Outrances


Narration by: Isabel dos Santos

Photo: Julie Artacho
Beatrice Ciela Outrances


Narration by: Betty Bonifassi

Photo: Marianne Larochelle
Ait Ouyahia Ciela Outrances


Narration by: Rabah Aitouyahia

Photo: Hugo B. Lefort
Danny Ciela Outrances

Élan vital

Narration by: Dany Laferrière

Photo: François Rousseau


  • Co-produced by:

  • With the financial support of:

    Director: Brigitte Poupart
    Madeleine Monette
    Scenographer: Sarah Migos
    Accessories Designer: Nadine Jaafar
    Lighting Designer: Martin Labrecque

    Interactive Sound Development & Design / Creative Audio Direction: La Hacienda Creative inc.
    Audio Director:
    Brian D'Oliveira
    Lead Technical Sound Designer/Integrator: Marie-Hélène Vallières-Riendeau
    Integrator and Sound Designer: Rudy Duro
    Sound Designer: Marc-André Labelle
    Sound Designer: Julien Levesque
    Sound Designer: Mark Latimer
    Audio Production Co-ordinator:
    Christian Graham
    Narration Recording and Editing: Philippe Rochefort

    Immersive Sound Designer (prototyping): Jean-Pascal Beaudoin
    Audio design and integration (prototyping): Joel-Aimé Beauchamp

  • Featuring the English voices of:
    Micheline Lanctôt
    Douglas Grégoire
    Phoebe Greenberg
    Special collaboration with Rufus Wainwright and Madeleine Monette

    Featuring the French voices of:
    Isabel dos Santos
    Betty Bonifassi
    Rabah Aitouyahia
    Dany Laferrière
    Special collaboration with Madeleine Monette and Rufus Wainwright

    Casting of additional narrator voice by: Casting Mélanie Ranger

    Featuring the album titled The Disintegration Loops

    Composer/Performer: William Basinski
    Label: 2062 / Temporary Residence Ltd.

    Music for Milk of the Sky: Solétudes
    Additional Music Composition for Milk of the Sky:
    Noah Rosa

    Executive Produce
    r: Emilie Heckmann
    Producer of Immersive Experiences: Coline Delbaere

    Production Director: Isabelle Brodeur
    Project Manager:
    Jenny Jodoin
    Technical Director: Michaël Lefebvre
    Assistant Technical Director: Eric Lessard
    Custom manufacturing workshop: Atelier Morel Leroux inc.

    Director of Technology: Marc-André Nadeau
    Technical Manager & Backend Developer:
    Thomas Azoug
    Lead Developer:
    Jonathan Hardy
    Ke Medley
    3D Artist: Samuel Comtois

    Chief, New Media Partnerships and PR: Myriam Achard
    Public Relations Project Manager: Pierre-Olivier Marinier Leseize

    Marketing Director: Scarlett Martinez
    Marketing Strategist & Lead: Jeremy Leith
    Content Marketing Manager: Emmy Landre
    Marketing Project Manager: Kevin Delaney
    Artistic Director:
    Michel Ouellette
    Box Office Manager: Alejandra Ariza
    Photographer: Fred Gervais


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