July 26th, 2016
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Dancing Drones: When Performance and Piloting Merge Forces

by Drone Reporter Rachel Borene

During week two of auditions for the popular reality show America’s Got Talent, audiences were treated to a spectacular performance by modern dance group Eleven Play, who mixed dance with drone piloting.

Based in Japan, this talented team of dancers and pilots is headed by choreographer Mikiko, who has worked professionally with musicians such as Suzuka Nakamoto and the Japanese band Perfume.

America’s Got Talent has seen its fair share of dancing mixed with technology. In 2015, dance teams Animation Crew, Freckled Sky, Freelusion, and Siro-A all hit the stage. Interacting with animations that were projected onto the stage, the dancers were able to create illusions that were both innovative and mesmerizing.

Of course, with so many dance crews utilizing this technology, what was once a fresh idea quickly threatened to become stale.

That’s when Eleven Play threw an entirely new flavor into the techno-dance world with their drones.

Rather than interacting with projections, these drones were physically present, adding an extra level of challenge for the dancers and backstage pilots. Eleven Play successfully utilized pinpoint precision and timing, which earned them a round of applause from the audience and a “yes” from every judge.

With so many new hobbies evolving to include drones—including photography, racing, and builder’s fairs- it was only a matter of time before the world of dance followed suite. Of course, being the first dance group widely known for such an incredible feat is what gives choreographers such as Mikiko a highly competitive edge.

Now that America, and the rest of the world, has seen what drones can do for dance, productions from small local theaters all the way to famous Broadway shows are sure to take note!