At first glance this video may be pleasing, as it shows a skilful ballet recital by two master dancers, but not remarkable in any serious way. But what if we told you that the entire thing had been shot by a robotic camera rather than a real person behind the lens?
In the short documentary Ballet Meets Robotics we are told the story of how director Tarik Abdel-Gawad began a film experiment, attempting to marry up the organic motion of dance with the strict algorithmic workings of robotic systems.
Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada, the two lead dancers of the San Francisco Ballet are the figures performing a piece by Yuri Possokhov. Tarik used motion-capture technology to create a digital map of the dancers movement and, by syncing this information with the robotic camera, gave it all the information it needed to shoot the whole performance expertly.
For more insight into how they made the experimental Francesca Da Rimini, watch the mini-doc below.