Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Class at Magenta Teaches How to Fight Right

A sword fight scene from Magenta's "Romeo and Juliet"

Put ‘Em Down, Take ‘Em Out: Close Quarters Violence for the 21st Century Theatre

Teacher: David Gregory Bareford

According to the promotional copy, "This extended 10-hour stage combat seminar gives actors the skills to perform brutal, high-stakes struggles at close quarters, especially for audiences in close proximity to the action. We will be modeling characters with and without martial training in desperate fights for their lives using unarmed strikes, grappling, and small weapons. No prior theatrical fight experience is necessary, but a background of stage combat may allow individual students to cover more techniques.

"This is not your standard unarmed class! Mastery of concepts is emphasized rather than blitzing through a grab bag of techniques. We will also explore the character psychology of approaching a fight with a plan, working that plan, interrupting or shutting down the opponent’s plan, and adapting to the rapidly shifting tides of a combative engagement. Students will learn and rehearse up to speed a vicious one-on-one struggle, and will get video copies of their final fight performance."

The stage combat workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and run Mondays through Oct. 6 at Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver. The class costs $95 and is open to ages 16 and older.

Sept. 8, 15, 22, Oct 6
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Cost $95

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