“DAMNED LOVE 2” BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
By Chanelle Lutchman
After three successful shows held in Sibaya and a public outcry for a rerun of her staged production, Melanie Kisten and her Dance Academy had brought their hit production ‘Kambath Ishq 2’ back for one night only.
The audience were blown away where they gathered at the Rajput Hall in Unit 7, Chatsworth, to watch the most talked about staged play, which did not disappoint. Sixty three dancers between the ages of 4-33 took part in this amazing musical which entertained and left the whole audience in tears due to too much of laughter.
The story is about a group of married men who are tired of their always nagging wives. Together they imagine a better life where they remain married but have ‘a little fun on the side’, which obviously results in the trio getting into trouble with their wives.
The production evoked many emotions in its audience members from starting of with tons of laughter and people tapping their feet to each song, to times where even just by sitting in the crowd you felt the hurt and anger that the character was going through.
Audience member, Nerine Gopaul said, “It was an amazing show, the girls were beautiful and the guys were equally dashing. It was something different because she included small kids in her production and this showed that it’s not only for older people, younger kids can enjoy their selves too. I couldn’t stop laughing at the actors and the way they performed, you could see how serious and passionate they were for what they do.”
Kisten started her own dance academy in 1996 with only two students. She has seen her small class of just two, increase to 461 students with 10 branches and demands to open more branches in other areas.
When asked what made her start a dance academy Melanie said that she was 16 and she was taking her small sister for dance classes at a local school, she noticed the way they (instructors) taught and she started dancing at school and other functions that’s when her parents noticed the passion she had.
Ansleigh Wenger, a black male dancer said, “My experience was sort of a turnaround point for me, understanding a different dance culture. Each rehearsal felt like a step towards being a Bollywood star. The outcome was me becoming more of a diverse performer and I have the MKDA family to thank for that.”
Apart from being a dancer, Choreographer and teacher, Melanie also does a lot of charity work on behalf of her dance academy, Melanie Kisten Dance Academy. She has launched a ‘MKDA Surviving Humanity Bursary Fund’. She also assists students from various communities by providing uniforms, stationary and helping pay for their students because she strongly believes that children are indeed the future.