Upcoming Stage Combat Opportunities

I’m teaching two stage combat workshops this month: 1. Moving like a Master: Brief intro/review of the basic attacks and parries with a sword, learn a simple sequence, then work on how to add physicality and nuances that convey different levels of skill/background. No experience necessary, some prior exposure to stage combat and familiarity with…

Weapons in Shakespeare: 2019

To promote this summer’s Ithaca Shakespeare shows, I wrote the following piece trying to share some context on the weapons we use on stage.   One of the innovations of Renaissance drama was the recognition that scenes of physical conflict can convey a character’s virtues, foibles, or identity more vividly than words alone. In ancient…

The Pitfalls of Pericles

The tournament in this summer’s production of  Pericles may be the most complicated choreography we’ve done in our years of choreographing fights for Ithaca Shakespeare Company. While the text doesn’t even require the tournament to take place on stage, Director Steve Ponton always loves to give the audience a good fight, and we’re happy to…

Fight Safety

I still plan to do most of my thinking/writing on this site, but I wrote the linked piece below for broader share-ability as a reaction to the allegations of what went on on the set of Kill Bill. I first heard about the choking scene in Inglourious Basterds from a director on a student film…