Friday, April 20, 2007


I just got back from a performance by the the Joffrey Ballet - I am a season ticket holder - and I was all pumped to take some no-flash photos of Light Rain, because it rules, but photography of any kind was prohibited, because it's a "serious danger to the dancers."

I say: you owe me at least one photograph for my $275 a year, little "ballerinos".



Sharyn said...

For real!

Sadly that's pretty standard policy. When I was invited to take photos of the Edward Scissorhands ballet the staff was still super paranoid. They had me set up where they could keep an eye on me but before the performance began they must have reminded me half a dozen times to make sure I was in no-flash mode. And after my half hour was up they swooped in to escort me back to my seat and didn't leave until they saw me stow my camera. Sheesh.

Bev Sykes said...

If the flash hits the dancer (or actor, for that matter) in the eye wrong, it can throw him or her off balance. Think of what happens to your eyes when Uncle Joe snaps a flash and you see spots in front of your eyes for a few minutes. Now imagine that happening when you are in the middle of a complicated dance move or trying to remember your lines, or just move across stage.

They're right--it can be very dangerous to the performers.

(And in the case of a play, it can violate very strict copyright laws. I tried to take photos (non-flash) of a show that my friend WROTE and was starring in, but because of the equity contracts with his co-actors and the contract with the theatre, no photos could be taken, even though Steve had ASKED me to take photos! He and his partner just appeared off broadway in a show they wrote and the Equity contract for the theatre was such that they could not take photos of their own show.