There are several reasons that imaging of any sort is prohibited and enforced at Thunderstruck Canada. They range from safety and protection of dancers, choreographers and audience enjoyment. So that you have a better understanding, we have they are listed in detail below.
- For the safety of dancers. Flashes and other light bursts from the crowd can be a distraction to dancers. Flashes also run the potential risk of catching a performer in a critical moment in a routine where jumps or spins require precision.
- To eliminate a potential distraction for a dancer(s) and patrons watching. Having phones and tablets extended in the air and people standing to take shots or video during a routine is not fair to the dancer or those behind trying to watch the performance.
- To ensure the images and video memories being recorded by Thunderstruck Canada are not affected. Lights from phones and tablets, flashes, and people standing to capture moments impact the images we'll be able to provide.
- To protect the choreographer from having routines recorded without permission.
- To protect individuals (video recording in the public domain requires licensing). The choreographer owns the performance, but musicians own the music. Video recorded in public that has copyrighted music must pay the licensing fee. It also includes the choreographer. While they own the choreography, they must license the music. The stage and lighting design is owned by Thunderstruck Canada, and we reserve all rights to performances on our stage.
- To protect dancers. Allowing imaging devices when we don't know who is shooting, what they are shooting, or the intention of use is not something we are prepared to relinquish. There are two different but real situations.
- The first has not occurred with us, in part, due to our stringent no imaging policy because of the genuine nature of our audiences. However, it is a real issue and is photography that is for uses other than memories.
- The other situation is costume malfunctions. They don't happen often, but they happen a few times a year. We can remove any revealing photos and edit or delete the video as required to control the outcome when the situation occurs. If people are photographing or taking video, that imagery could be on social media before the routine is complete, and we have no control. The impact on a dancer could be devastating.