Kentucky Shakespeare with The Frazier History Museum present
Stage Combat with Fight Director Eric Frantz
A Workshop with the Medieval Sword
March 18 • 12pm – 4pm
Artspace, 323 W. Broadway
Special Introductory Price: $25
No previous stage combat experience required
Participants must be over 18 years old.
Space is extremely limited. To reserve:
call 502-574-9900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
• You must be 18 yrs. or older.
• Wear clothing that does not restrict your movement and that you don’t mind getting a little messy.
• Wear sturdy shoes with good soles and grip (sneakers, soft dance shoes, etc.). No high heels, sandals, flip flops or high platform shoes/boots.
• During the workshop, refrain from wearing any large or “dangly” jewelry that might get caught or tangled or jewelry around your wrists (watches, bracelets, etc.)
• Eat something before you come (something light that will provide you with good energy).
• Bring plenty of water or your favorite sports drink and something light to snack on, energy bar, fruit, peanut butter & crackers, etc.
• We will learn sword techniques from the medieval period.
• We will learn how to write down and record your stage combat fights, as well as a short hand version that will allow you to quickly record your fights during a rehearsal.
• We will be using wooden practice swords and a few steel practice swords. No free sparing of any kind will take place during the workshop.
• There will be a 5-10 min break ever hour, but no lunch/dinner break.
• No previous stage combat experience needed, just an open mind and willingness to learn.
• Oh, and come prepared to sweat and have fun!
The sword has become the symbol of power for the medieval period. They were carried by knights and kings to show their strength and power. Henry V carried a sword at the battle Agincourt and won the day against impossible odds.
The European sword has a rich and full history and medieval sword masters developed complicated and effective systems of self-defense. We will use Hans Talhoffer and Sigmund Ringeck—15th century German fight masters—and their manuals dealing with the Longsword, also known as the knightly sword, war sword, arming sword, hand and a half sword.
The goal of the workshop is to introduce actors to stage combat, through a historical perspective. If you are new to stage combat, it will familiarize you with the basics of combat, movement, timing, distance, balance, and control. If you are a veteran of stage combat, it will deepen your knowledge of stage combat techniques, and give you a better understanding of the origins of our modern stage combat.