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Lashing Skies

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

Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
from 10 am to 8 pm 
*last group enters at 7 pm

Friday and Saturday
from 10 am to 9:30 pm
*last group enters at 8:30 pm 

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Duration of the visit: 45 minutes

11 years old +*

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

Price excluding taxes

*This experience contains mature situations/themes and is intended for an older youth audience (14+), however we also accept 11+ if accompanied by an adult.

Trigger warning: Lashing Skies is an experience that deals with sensitive subject matter. For more information, please contact us at: [email protected]

Lashing Skies, is a poetic 45-min journey of 5 interwoven stories. The journey will take you through a multisensory and dreamlike space.

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.

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Credit: Fred Gervais-Dupuis
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Credit: Fred Gervais-Dupuis


“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.

In English

Micheline Ciela Outrances


Narration by: Micheline Lanctôt
FAB Ciela Outrances


Photo Credit: Victoria Dimaano

Narration by: FABjustfab
Douglas Gregoir Cielaoutrances


Photo Credit: Douglas Grégoire

Narration by: Douglas Grégoire
Pheobe Ciela Outrances

Vital Impulse

Photo Credit: Sean Mollitt

Narration by: Phoebe Greenberg
Rufus Ciela Outrances

Milk of the Sky

Photo Credit: Tony Hauser

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
Ciela Outrances Artist William Basinksi

Music Credit

All poems feature the album titled The Disintegration Loops

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

In French

Artacho Ciela Outrances


Photo Credit: Julie Artacho

Narration by: Isabel dos Santos
Beatrice Ciela Outrances


Photo Credit: Marianne Larochelle

Narration by: Betty Bonifassi
Ait Ouyahia Ciela Outrances


Photo Credit: Hugo B. Lefort

Narration by: Rabah Aitouyahia
Danny Ciela Outrances

Élan vital

Photo Credit: François Rousseau

Narration by: Dany Laferrière

Le lait du ciel

Photo Credit: Simon Jutras

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
Ciela Outrances Artist William Basinksi

Music Credit

All poems feature the album titled The Disintegration Loops

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


  • 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
    Additional Music Composition:
    Noah Rosa
    Audio Production Co-ordinator:
    Christian Graham

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

  • Featuring the album titled The Disintegration Loops
    Composer/Performer: William Basinski
    Label: 2062 / Temporary Residence Ltd.

    Music for Milk of the Sky: Solétudes
    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

    Marketing Director: Scarlett Martinez
    Marketing Strategist & Lead: Jeremy Leith
    Content Marketing Manager: Emmy Landre
    Marketing Project Manager: Kevin Delaney
    Public Relations:
    Myriam Achard
    Public Relations & Marketing Project Manager: Pierre-Olivier Marinier Leseize
    Artistic Director:
    Michel Ouellette
    Box Office Manager: Alejandra Ariza
    Photographer: Fred Gervais


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