Performing arts – Dance for a cure – Durban playhouse 2011

This is the third year that Jaco and I had the privilege to cover the Dance for a Cure production. Even though this year was the first year showing in Durban at the Playhouse, it was an awesome awesome success.

So when we got the call from Angela Ferguson (The founder of Dance for a Cure) that she wants to fly us down to Durban to cover the production there, we were ecstatic, well Jaco was, me….uhmmm, if you know me, I have this bad fear of flying, but nothing can stop me for an adventure. Angela was thoughtful enough to schedule our flight at 11:15 on Friday morning….perfect, I can calm my nerves, and what is best than a glass of red wine. I tell you, if you are stressing and nervous and you see this enormous plane that is about to take you in the air, you don’t care who is looking at you in the lounge at 10:15, holding a glass of red wine in one hand and stressing. So those of you who spotted a stressed woman at the Lanseria airport 10:15 on Friday morning holding a glass of red wine, it was ME. And some advice for those of you that shares the same fear…IT WORKS!!

How awesome was Durban! Jaco and I arrived at the Royal just in time to put down our bags, grab a bite to eat and headed to the Durban Playhouse for the dress rehearsal, and as always, Angela was an absolute angel to reserve the best seats in the house for us to capture the months and months of hard work and dedication to put together a production of this calibre. And one thing for sure, she had a cast (if that is the right word) that was out of this world.

Photography: Melanie Janse and Jaco Janse (view more of his pictures for Dance for a Cure on this link)

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Music composed by Astor Piazzolla and performed by Paul Ferreira, Gerrit Koorsen, Hanlie Louw, Anje Pollard, Annemie Du Plessis, Viwe Mkizwana and Andrew Rheeder

Dominique Paccaut singing while the 3 adorable girls Emma Ferguson (9) Alexa Lipchin (9) and Vicoria Ferguson (5) did a tango

The all so beautiful Mary-Anne Barlow as MC

Choreographers: Martin Schonberg, Minette Landman, Brian Karlsen, Taryn Makaab, Mxolisi Nkomonde, Winsome Fuller, Adele Blank

Dancers: Rythmic Dance Studio, Break-Thru Dance Company, Siwela Sonke, Windome Fuller school of Ballet, Dance for a Cure Dancers

The all so amazing Sibongile Mngoma and the Gaabo Tenors, as well as Taryn Sudding, Mmusi Morelhure, Sarah-Lee Chapman, Shelly Hind and Dominique Paccaut

Now THAT is what I call talent!!!! See you at the Lyric theater at Goldreef city this Saturday (bookings through Computicket)

Equipment rental: Canon 1D MIV from Keith Rawlins at

Videography by: Keith Cameron  and view his video here



Performing arts – Dance for a Cure 2011 – Goldreef city Lyric Theater | Gauteng photographer - melanie janse - [...] Every year Jaco and I set aside August for charity. This is the 3rd year that we were privileged to dedicate this month to Dance for a cure. Please visit their website to see how and where you can contribute. The second performance of Dance for a Cure 2011, were held at Goldreef’s City’s Lyric theater. This time I did not need to get on a plane…LOL, so we were as calm as ever. (I say we, as I stress my hubby, Jaco, out when we fly together) read the whole story of our plane trip on the Dance for a Cure 2011 – Durban Playhouse link  [...]

admin - Thank you so much Eduan!! I am going to reply in English for those that’s also interested and may not understand Afrikaans if that is OK!
All photo’s were shot in Manual mode.
Metering mode: I switched constantly between spot metering (for the dark photo’s and bright subjects) and centre weighted mode for the all over bright colorful scenes.
Aperture: This was the only fixed setting all was taken at F2.8
Shutter speed varied from photo to photo but I tried not to drop it below 1/ 160 because yes I was shooting with my trusted 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
ISO also constantly changed because of the quick changes in light, but did over expose to prevent to much grain in the darker areas (if that makes sense).
I rented the 1D MIV as its ability to focus in lower light is far more superior that the 5D MII, although I love my 5D MII to bits and wont trade it for anything in the world (not yet), I knew it would frustrate me as we were dealing with some very low light situations and we dont have control over the light source, the 1D MIV also have much more focussing points than the 5D MII, and yes added to that I could bump up the ISO, I think the highest I went was 10 000, but that would be a black and white grainy photo. My ISO was ranging between 300 and 5000 most of the time.
Hope this helps

Eduan Pieterse - Melanie

Jou fotos is soos altyd inspirerend -> Ek sal graag by jou wil leer:

Die donker fotos met die enkele, verligte dansers (“subjects”):
– Watter “metering” het jy gebruik (spot)?
– Wat was jou ISO, shutter & aperture?
– Het jy jou “trusted” 70-200 f2.8 gebruik?

Ek sien jy het nie jou gewone 5D Mk2 gebruik nie, maar gegaan vir die 1D -> jou rede? Het jy beter noise handling / hoer ISO gesoek? Ek sal graag jou denke wil verstaan.


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