The performance was held during VTB United League All-Star Game in Saint Petersburg. For the first time in Russia, a 12 drone choreography (exactly the size of the basketball team) was shown at the Yubileyny Sports Palace. Machines took off during the time-out between the third and the fourth quarter of the final of The All-Star Game and performed a four-minute dance.
Large drones were dressed in hand-made costumes, stylized to resemble basketballs. And not just any balls – specifically for The All-Star Game, Sibur and Wilson collaborated to create Eco-basketballs – the orange-and-blue balls made from recycled plastic. LED lights on drones’ costumes (diameter -23 inches, weight – 4lbs) were glittering, matching the colors on the balls.
We faced a particular challenge because nearly 10 thousand people have come to watch the game, the majority of which had their cell phones on. Moreover, the TV was broadcasting live using tons of cameras. All of it together jammed our signal, making it impossible to use regular WIFI.
In the end, our drones had captivated audience no worse than best basketballers of Europe.
The show was created in association with Interactive Lab.