Cirque du Soleil is dancing with drones

The performance company teamed up with ETH Zurich for a short film

The Verge, Colin Lecher on September 24, 2014

Take a real-life Fantasia, then set it about five years from right now, and you’d probably end up with Sparked, the short film you see here. A collaboration between famed entertainment troupe Cirque du Soleil and the university ETH Zurich, the plot is simple: an electrician short-circuits a fuse, bringing lamps in his workshop to life.

But that doesn’t quite do it justice. The film was all shot live, without any special effects, while the drones constantly coordinated with a digital choreographer: a computer that tracked the quadcopters’ positions 200 times a second. You can get a better sense of how they pulled it off from the behind-the-scenes video below.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a partnership between drones and dancers, so the next obvious question is: when will an all-drone troupe go on tour?

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