Filmmaker’s Robotic Camera Creates Stunning Film of Romantic Pas De Deux

Star-crossed lovers. Immaculate dance moves. Giant robots. If it sounds like the plot of the newest Guillermo del Toro movie, you wouldn’t be too far from the truth. The reality, however, might be even more exciting: Tchaikovsky’s ballet fantasia, Francesca da Rimini, choreographed by Yuri Possokhov and danced by Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada of San Francisco Ballet—and gorgeously filmed with the aid of a massive, robot-controlled camera.

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Today’s Ballet Favorite, Swan Lake, A Dismal Failure on First Showing

Although it was also the last of the famed Tchaikovsky-Petipa classics, Swan Lake was actually Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score, according to New York City Ballet. It was commissioned in 1875 by the Moscow Imperial Theater, now the Bolshoi Theatre. Tchaikovsky, who thought that ballet was “the most innocent, the most moral of the arts,” suggested the libretto. Years earlier, as a family entertainment, he had composed a short ballet based on a German fairy tale about a wicked sorcerer who turns young girls into birds.

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