We set up at about 12pm and completed the shoot at 5pm. It was a very fast paced shoot, at the Little Theatre in Pretoria South Africa. The nice thing about these kinds of shoots are that you have ample working space to create a stage feel… it’s a real stage, after all! The problem is that because it’s such a large space (a typical performance has a full live band on the stage as well doing all the music) We could boost the ISO and get more ambient stage lighting on there, but the end product needed to be lifesize posters, so we decided to rather do a cut-out semi-isolation with a darker background than risk extra noise. In the end, the actual dancers was much more important than the stage set-up.
Many of the dancers have never danced when they join 13th Floor, and have to develop very, very fast. The good thing is that they are super committed, so they will redo a series or routine over and over and over! Hilde Dedekind was the second photographer on the shoot, and the official designer and photographer for 13th Floor
Photography: SEAN NEL, HILDE DEDEKIND
Video: LUBA NEL
The dancers and Performers of 13th Floor
UNISA Little Theatre, Pretoria, South Africa
by Sean Nel
All images and video copyright Sean Nel
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