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

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When you think Cirque du Soleil, you probably think teams of sequin-suited acrobats doing improbable things in time to music, not quadrotors. 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 ten quadrotors up 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-schooly workshop, where the craftsman's lampshades come to life and start a coordinated 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]