This is What Happens When You Give Cirque du Soleil a Bunch of Drones

By Chris Mills on at

When you think Cirque du Soleil, you probably think teams of sequin-suited acrobats doing improbable things in time to music, not drones. Well, that's where you're wrong. The Montreal-based circus's latest trick manages to take the mechanical, and make it wonderfully artistic.

In collaboration with the Flying Machine Arena at ETH Zurich, the folks at Cirque du Soleil dressed up ten quadrotor drones as lampshades, and then combined them with a human actor (and the trademark Cirque music) to create an epic video short.

The entire video is set in an old-school workshop, where the craftsman's lampshades come to life and start a co-ordinated dance with him. The whole thing has a definite Disney vibe, what with the furniture coming to life and dancing a merry tune. [Flying Machine Arena]

Also, they put together a great behind-the-scenes video, shown below.