MONTREAL, Feb. 18, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Starting February 20, the
Montréal Space for Life invites you to the 17th edition of Butterflies Go Free, where the main exhibition greenhouse of the Botanical Garden becomes a
giant butterfly house under the artistic direction of Mélanie Crespin.
This year some mysterious chrysalises are being showcased in this oasis
of beauty, where hundreds of butterflies from around the world flit
gracefully. While these veritable jewels undergo their slow
metamorphosis, time seems to stand still. Take advantage of this unique
opportunity to stroll around in the warmth and fully enjoy the up-close
contact while immersed in this fragile and intriguing universe.
Between the caterpillar and the butterfly stages comes that of the
enigmatic chrysalis, which still harbours many secrets, even for
scientists. In nature, the chrysalises are all but invisible. Immobile
and vulnerable, they are camouflaged out of sight. These shelters,
some translucent, some draped in silk, conceal the secrets of the
butterflies' metamorphosis with a seeming immobility behind which life
is very active indeed. At Butterflies Go Free, visitors can observe a hundred chrysalises up close, at their own pace
and who knows... maybe even witness a butterfly emerge! Thanks to
experienced nature interpreters from the Insectarium, both adults and
children can better appreciate the extraordinary variety of chrysalises
and learn a bit more about this amazing scientific mystery. The
metamorphosis of the butterfly, a fascinating phenomenon that proceeds
at its own rhythm, is a symbol of physical or spiritual transformation
for many peoples. While the slow and patient rhythm stands in contrast
to the hectic pace of our own lives, it is one that nature fosters.
Tune in to the rhythm of the butterflies
This 17th edition of Butterflies Go Free also features a new visual and sound voyage by Moulin à Musique. Their
work, entitled Flutterby Butterfly invites children eight years and older and their families to discover
the stages of the butterfly's life cycle through an inspiring visual
concert created by artistic director Marie-Hélène da Silva, composer
Georges Forget and visual artist Eugénia Reznik. A choreography
comprised of video animations projected onto a screen and visual works
manipulated by two musicians on stage playing violin and electronic
keyboard, this artistic flight offers an alternative way to listen to,
feel and be inspired by the butterfly's metamorphosis.
Flutterby Butterfly will be presented on February 20, 21, 22, 27 and 28 and March 1, 6, 7
and 8, at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Botanical Garden
Butterflies Go Free, in figures
Over 20,000 butterflies are released over the course of the event.
Over 2,000 butterflies are present at any one time.
Approximately 75 butterfly species from eight different countries.
The Montréal Space for Life is the world's first site dedicated to humanity and nature. It includes
the Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Rio Tinto Alcan
Planetarium.. Together, they are committed to preserving and enhancing
biodiversity and call on citizens both locally and around the world to
join this bold and creative urban movement.
For more information, or to visit our online ticket office, go to our
website at http://espacepourlavie.ca/en.
Facebook • Twitter: #butterfliesgofree @MtlSpaceforLife
SOURCE: Espace pour la vie
For further information:
Karine Jalbert, Communications Coordinator