Ashley Rodholm

Francesca Da Rimini


Francesca da Rimini

SHORT Dance Film

Francesca da Rimini is an experiment using a robotically controlled camera to capture ballet. The short dance film stars San Francisco Ballet principal dancers Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada performing a segment from the Francesca Da Rimini Ballet. With sweeping intimacy, Francesca da Rimini shows how robots are capable of not only shooting extremely technical shots, but also capturing the nuanced, human side of a ballet.
Watch Ballet Meets Roboticsa behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the film.


Director: Tarik Abdel-Gawad
Dancers: Maria Kochetkova & Joan Boada
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
Executive Producer: Edward King
Producers: Ashley Rodholm & Anastassia Metrikin
Director of Photography: Joe Picard
Key Grip: Aron Pruitt
Production Assistants: Sam Conkling, Pedro Figueira Kenneth Johnson, Tutu Lee
Motion Capture Studio: Phasespace
Motion Capture Technicians: Kan Anant & Curtis Cheung        
Motion Control: Bot & Dolly
Robot Operator: Matthew Bitterman
Editor: Ashley Rodholm
Compositors: Chris McCard, Andrew Greer, Travis Gorman
Set Photographer: Alexander Reneff-Olson
Music: "Francesca da Rimini"
Written by: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by: Symphonie Fantasia