Review | Symphonic Baby: Room for Miracles

From “Oh! “, from “Again! and on Sunday there was much merry but untranslatable chatter under the dome of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. The source of these miracles? Symphonic BabyShow specially designed for infants from 0 to 18 months. The press visited it with little Ludivine.

Posted on March 15th

Veronique Larocque

Veronique Larocque
The press

The hall is called Théâtre du Chaos. Should we see a warning there? After all, the public of Symphonic Baby consists of very young children…

Upon entering the room we are miles away from the dreaded atmosphere. In the dim light, we are warmly welcomed by the planetarium staff. You even feel a sense of relief when you settle into one of the many beanbags. Ludivine, 16 months, curiously plays with the differently shaped cushions spread out on the floor as she waits for the performance to begin.


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Changing tables and a parking space for prams are available.

The host invites the crowd to settle comfortably. Everything has been thought of so that families feel comfortable: changing tables, nappies and bottle warmers are available to them.

The room darkens, then stars appear on the vault of the dome. Children’s eyes widen as the first of the album’s seven tracks begins Symphonic Babyperformed by the Orchester symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Simon Leclerc, the composer of this music.





Then the room lights up and the constellations give way to pencil lines and shapes in primary colors.

As the vault darkens again, we discover funny origami figures: rabbits, frogs and owls cause laughter at the other end of the room.


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Ludivine (right) sits comfortably with her mother and watches the colored balls being projected onto the screen.

For little Ludivine, it’s the appearance of dozens of balls taking different trajectories on the 360-degree screen that amaze her. “Wow! she says in awe.

As the seven paintings on the vault follow one another, we see that an even more beautiful and moving spectacle is taking place in the room. Happy to see each other, the babies interact with each other. They point at each other, smile, laugh.

“It’s the first time he’s seen so many children. He doesn’t go to kindergarten,” a mother can be heard saying.

The ability to form fleeting friendships seems new to many of these babies born during the pandemic.

“He was so impressed to see other children,” says Marie-Claude Halde, mother of Axel, 11 months, at the end of the show.

Her spouse Anthony Boudreault and she enjoyed it immensely Symphonic Babyan all too rare cultural activity for young children, the couple underscores.


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The room layout is designed to appeal to babies and their parents.

“A great incentive”

Julie Dumont-Paquet, mother of Flavie, 16 months, feared her daughter would not keep up. “In general, she runs everywhere, she climbs everywhere. I wasn’t sure it would be fun,” she said, adding that it was her spouse who bought the tickets. Eventually, Flavie was intrigued by the show. “With the picture, the sound, I think that even babies who are very active are challenged. »

Despite being older, 3-year-old Romy enjoyed “everything, everything, everything” about the performance. The girl was accompanied by her eleven-month-old brother Marlo and her parents Maude Dagenais and Pier-Luc Melançon. “It’s a great encouragement for the kids. It’s wonderful,” says the father.


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Josée de Montigny and her grandson Maxence

For her part, Josée de Montigny, grandmother of little Maxence, emphasizes that she had a “super good time” with her grandson.

At the end of the 33 minutes that lasts Symphonic Baby, Ludivine formulates her criticism. “Again,” she said, pointing at the screen. Well, the audience has spoken.

Symphonic Babyfollowed by Stardust at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, through June 19. Additionally in the fall.

Extras and a new component

Presented from March to June, the immersive show Symphonic Baby already full. “The 150 performances, including the first wave of extras, were sold out within a few hours. It’s insanely steep. I really didn’t expect that,” says Nicolas Lemieux, President and Director of GSI Musique. Given this success, a new wave of side dishes will be presented next autumn. Tickets go on sale March 21st.

“I felt there was a need. We realize that there aren’t many activities for new parents. Even less in the middle of a pandemic,” says Nicolas Lemieux when asked about this madness.

Produced by Noisy Head, the immersive show will also reach audiences across borders. It will be presented in Mexico City next fall. “Our goal is to circumnavigate the domes of the world. »

Until then, Nicolas Lemieux and his team are working on the second part of this ambitious project Symphonic Baby. This one will revisit nursery rhymes from here and elsewhere. It is intended for children aged 18 months to 3 years. A competition was launched on Monday to find the next 40 symphonic babies.

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