The flight of the mechanical bird: a first at Le Massif

The flight of the mechanical bird: a first in Le Massif

UPDATE DAY

A team of designers who worked with Cirque du Soleil and Céline Dion have designed a visual and sound fresco that will be presented all summer long, in the evening, at Le Massif de Charlevoix. A spectacle that can be discovered on board the chairlifts of the ski resort.

Everything indicates that this fresco, entitled The flight of the mechanical bird, > will be something unique. The designers couldn't find anything similar through their research.

“This is a new generation of outdoor and night shows,” said executive producer Daniel Gélinas.

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Presented from June, The flight of the mechanical birdwill be an ode to the splendor of nature. A contemplative and interactive show that will unfold over six kilometres.

“We found an article where a journalist described the Le Massif experience as being between heaven and earth. This suspension idea immediately made us think of a bird. A bird that dives towards the river to look for its prey and then goes back up to go to its nest,” said the author and director Olivier Kemeid, member of the Occhio creation company, which is behind the creation of < em>Flight of the mechanical bird.

The show will unfold through a climb to the sky and a dive towards the river.

Like a merry-go-round

The idea for this creation came about following a mountain excursion to the Val Saint-Côme tourist resort, in Lanaudière , in the fall of 2021.

Martin Labrecque, his son and his friends took a chairlift excursion to see the colors. “They flipped so much, especially on the descent. They felt like they were on a merry-go-round,” said Martin Labrecque, lighting designer who worked on the Corteo, Kooza, Kurios, shows. Luzia and Drawn to Life, from Cirque du Soleil.

The idea of ​​making a show, like a long sequence shot, ended up on paper. Martin Labrecque sent it to his friends Olivier Kemeid, Stéphane Mongeau, who has directed Cirque du Soleil productions, and Yves Aucoin, lighting designer for Cirque and Celine Dion.

The creative team at summit of the Massif de Charlevoix.

Exciting

With the pandemic, the four designer friends had nothing to do. They worked on this idea to pass the time.

“Stéphane knew Daniel Gauthier, co-founder of Cirque du Soleil and owner of Le Massif. We decided to contact him to see if our idea was feasible. We would have stopped everything on the spot if it hadn't been,” he said.

It was possible and Daniel Gauthier expressed his interest in having it presented on his mountain. For several years, he had been looking for a family activity in the evening to continue the development of the Massif. The project has begun.

Spectators will experience the ascent to the nest and the descent to the river aboard two chairlifts. Two walking sectors will be set up at the top and bottom of the mountain. 

“We want to leave plenty of room for contemplation with music composed by Philippe Brault. It will not be a story told with voices”, indicated Olivier Kemeid.

The author and director, artistic director and co-director general of the Théâtre de Quat'Sous, admits that the development of this creation is dizzying.

“We feel like eight-year-olds. It's super exciting and it's a beautiful playground. The tests carried out last summer, with next to nothing, were conclusive. We're freaking out,” he blurted out.

Flight of the Mechanical Bird

Presented throughout the summer from June

Duration of the show between 60 and 90 minutes

Designers:

Martin Labrecque (creative director and lighting designer)

Olivier Kemeid (writer and director)

Stéphane Mongeau (executive producer)

Yves Aucoin (creative director and lighting designer)

Daniel Gélinas (executive producer)

Ticket prices

Adult: < strong>$38

Teen: $27.50

Child: $18.25

Free for ages six and under

The show will be presented rain or shine, except in heavy rains or thunderstorms. 

Tickets are currently on sale on the Massif de Charlevoix website.