As UAS becomes increasingly ingrained in our society as an indispensable tool, so too is it becoming a medium for art. What started as simple videos of sunrises and drone selfies (dronies) posted online has evolved into professional works of art including aerial photography galleries and, now, legitimately choreographed dance.
Japanese dance troupe Eleven Play and artist/hacker Daito Manabe teamed up to create this performance as part of their pursuit of the possible relationships and interactions between the body and technology.
What makes this performance unique, is the fact that the drone movement is autonomous. The stage the troupe performed on was also a motion capture stage which enabled the dancers to control the drones with their own movements. So, rather than having three pilots backstage or setting a pre-determined flight plan to control the UAS, the performers are actually dancing with the drones.
So keep that in mind when watching the performance and learn more of the details here.
(There were, of course, pilots on hand for safety purposes.)
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com