by Marypublished on October 28, 2021

MAIN BALLET TANK – Film Festival

Program Info

In-Person Screening:

December 5th, 2021

Session 1: 2:00-3:00pm

CMX Cinemas Plaza Café 12

155 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

$11.99 one session / $19.99 both sessions
Streaming tickets: $1.99 / $50 (festival pass)

Streaming on

(Singapore, 2017) 3:35 min

Genre: Short | Experimental

Machines of War are reassigned for a more meaningful task than destruction: Dancing the CanCan.

A group of T54 Main Battle tanks lets the hair down and gets into some serious track-shaking, cannon-spinning, and turret-twerking.

Dancing tanks – the content of the movie seems to be utterly silly and let’s be honest: It is. However, there is a serious background: With this movie (part of a university research project in the area of Human-Robot-Interaction) we wanted to fathom how much movement can change the appearance and aura of an object. We asked the question: which one is the more defining aspect – shape or movement? For this, we combined two seemingly opposite things: Tanks and Ballet. The tanks used were realistic models of Soviet Cold War T54s. The movements were choreographed with French 1850’s cabaret dances in mind. Movement triumphed.

Director: Bernhard Schmitt

Writer: Bernhard Schmitt

Producer: Bernhard Schmitt

Color Grading: Nick Brewer

Key Cast: Matias Liebrecht