Techniques and Training for Staged Fighting

Author: Strider, James
Year:1999
Pages:246
ISBN:0-7734-8200-8
978-0-7734-8200-5
Price:179.95
This study offers practical suggestions for training actor-combatants in a university environment. Guidelines for teaching staged fighting are based on the author's first-hand experience in both performance and education at the college level. The study also examines the ethics of staging violence in light of modern sociological studies.

Reviews

"To my knowledge, this is the only book to examine the ethics of staging violence in the light of modern sociological studies. There has been, and will continue to be, a lively debate about the effects of theatrical violence, including film, television, and theatre, on social behavior. . . . a great deal of research has been done, unfortunately left all but untapped by producers, directors and performers. [Strider] shows us that meaningful conclusions based on contemporary research may be drawn and outlines the significance of those conclusions to the ethics of fight choreography. Techniques and Training for Staged Fighting is the only document to date in which you can find practical suggestions for training actor/combatants in a university environment." – from the Preface by Marni Wood

Table of Contents

Table of contents:

1.Dramatic Art vs. Violent Prurience: Uses and Effects of Violence in Drama; the Ethics of Fight Direction

2.Fight Design: Actions of the Play; Character; Idea; Language; Sound; Spectacle; Historical Style; Dramatic Style; Safety; General Rehearsal Process; Unskilled Actors; Adjustments for the Camera

3.Techniques: Basics – Partnering, Footwork, Falling and Rolling. Unarmed Fighting – Slaps, Punches, Kicks, Avoidance, Grabs, Pushes and Pulls, Throws, Dirty Tricks and Special Effects. Weapons – Rapier and Dagger: En Garde, Parries, Attacks, Prise de Fer, Avoidance, Corps a Corps, Disarm, Wounds and Kills, Special Footwork. Broadsword: En Garde, Parries, Attacks, Prise de Fer, Avoidance, Corps a Corps, Disarm, Wounds and Kills, Special Footwork. Polearms: En Garde, Parries, Attacks, Roll with Staff. Knives. Firearms

4.Fight Examples: Romeo and Juliet; As You Like It; Hamlet

5.Fight Training for the Acting Student: Requisite General Skills; Essential Techniques; Integrating Character and Choreography; Curriculum Suggestions; Conclusions

Bibliography and Index

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