America’s Got Talent’s latest episode featuring feats of engineering, science and creativity as drones graced the stage.
Japanese multimedia dance troupe Elevenplay used drones and lights to create a stunning visual performance. The troupe, headed by director and principal choreographer Mikiko, is known for incorporating advanced technology into their work, and in the past has used projection mapping, lasers and iPads in their performances.
And judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel were impressed. Mandel and Klum gave the group a standing ovation.
“I think this is really, really smart,” Cowell said. “Because this is so current and you girls are so good and obviously you guys are so talented, this could be incredible going forward.”
Performances like Elevenplay’s are rare and special now, but could become more common. Disney has been working on incorporating drones into nighttime entertainment for at least a few years.
This is not the first time Elevenplay has used drones. In 2015 the group shared a video titled “24 drones.”
“I thought I was on a different planet,” Klum said. “I just kind of zoned out, forgot about everything. I’ve never seen anything like this anymore.”
And in case it wasn’t obvious, the group got a “Yes” from all the judges.