Friday, July 11
10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Become your own Don Quixote and learn the basics of stage combat from Festival actors.
What kind of "stage combat" will I learn?
Stratford Festival artists are experts in stage combat. This is not the same as fencing. Stage combat is the art of wielding weapons in a way that, with minimal contact and no force, creates the illusion of danger and violence. You will be introduced to some of the moves you may see in Festival productions and to the basic principles of stage combat.
Is the workshop safe?
Yes! The primary goal of stage combat is to create the illusion of danger while remaining absolutely safe at all times. This is even more important when the combatants are non-professionals. No real weapons will be used in the workshop.
Who can participate in this workshop?
This workshop is suitable for adults of any age with good mobility, and older children who are able to follow directions and coordinate their movements. If you are not physically able to stand for most of the time or if your stability is compromised, the workshop may not be a good choice for you.
Does the workshop require any previous training or experience?
No! The workshop is for beginners.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict your movement. Wear flat shoes that attach securely to your feet (no flip-flops, please) and that have good traction.