07/17/2014 08:55 am ET

The Best Way To Capture The Beauty Of Ballet Is To Call In A Robot

A short, five-minute documentary tells the story of what happens when ballet dancers work with robotics to capture the moving beauty of dance.

Titled, simply, "Ballet Meets Robotics," the film experiment follows San Francisco Ballet principal dancers Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada as they dance the choreography of a Yuri Possokhov piece while a robotic camera traces their leaps and lifts.

Director Tarik Abdel-Gawad used a motion capture studio to complete the work, outlining the dancers' movements with sensor-equipped body suits and synching that data with the tiny "robot."

The results are above -- packaged in the form of a short film titled "Francesca da Rimini." To see more behind-the-scenes beauty, watch the documentary below.


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