THE-2000 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Torcuato Di Tella Institute, Griselda Gambaro, National Reorganization Process

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Module #6 Lecture
#1. Theatre in Practice: Stage Combat
Questions
o1. What are the rules of stage combat
o2. What is the purpose
o3. What weapons are used
o4. How does violence become part of the play
#1. What are the rules of stage combat
oSociety of American fight directors
Non-profit, professional
Certifies actors and instructors in stage combat
Most qualified and best
Close-knit group: around 1 per state
Dedicated to promoting safety and excellence in stage combat
oRules
1. Safety first
Ex: Spiderman the musical
oMore computer based than combat based
Ex: streetcar named desire
oFighting with “Stanley”
oTake radio and throw out window, and hit her in the head with it
oStreaming blood on the side of their face
Any combat scene is probably the most choreographed scene
oRan every night
oBefore every performance
oRemember all the details
Most dangerous move: simple slap
oFragile facial features
oScratch across face or eyes
2. Good partnering
Really good fight choreographer
Two actors are well partnered
Accommodate for diff in height, strength, and right hand left hand
3. Create the illusion of violence
tae kwan doe and karate might not prepare you very wall
Victim is the person that is in charge
#2. Purpose of stage combat
oTell a story
oHave a logical physical dialogue
oSupport the conflict
oTelling a story
Forward the plot
Conflict arises between two characters
Escalates to physical altercation
Have no choice but to have a physical fight or violence
Verbal and physical
oLogical physical dialogue
Logical progression
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Forwards plot and characters
Part of the plot
oSupporting the conflict
The violence makes sense
Develops major character and plot points
oOf note:
Gradual build to violence
Raising the stakes
Pulling objects from the environment
#3. What weapons are used?
oSAFD certified combat weapons (society of American fight directors …)
Eight total
Rapier and dagger
Popular in renaissance
Rapier: longer, attack
Dagger: defend, stabbing device
Single sword
Saber or single rapier
Hollywood
Broadsword
Highlander
Lord of the rings
Wide straight double aged
British military
Cutting and slicing rather than jabbing and thrusting
Broadsword and shield
Medieval knights
Smallsword
Lighter one handed sword
Thrusting
Dualing
“no gentleman is dressed without his sword”
secondary weapon
Knife
Sharp point and sharp edges
Stage combat: not sharp for safety or retractable
Quarterstaff
Long stick
15th century in Europe
Robin hood
Connected to fencing
International boy scout
Unarmed
No weapons
Strict set of skills and expectations
oUnarmed combat
Actor needs to prove they have these skills and get approved
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Multiple types of attacks
o3 types of punches
oStomach punch
oSlap
oElbow attack
oA kick
Defense
oBlocking punch, kick
Fall or roll
Grappling
oHair pulling, chokehold, throw, flick
Knapping
oCreating the sound of a punch slap or kick
All has to be built in into a scene to show
#4. How does violence become part of a play
oMake sure you have someone that knows what they’re doing, building the choreography
oActing goals
Objective and tactic
Intention and illusion of violence
Show the audience that is happening but its not real life
“See what I’m about to do. See what I’m doing. See what I did”
Sound
Voice: vocal response
Response is deeper in pitch if its in the core or punch
Knap: sound flesh makes when slapped, punch, kick
oChest knap
oContact
oUpper cut
Physical reaction
Important
And important to know where the actor is being hit
#2. Theatre of the World: Latin American & Latina Theatre
Questions
o1. How has theatre played a role in changing the political and social landscape in latin
America during the 20th and 21st centuries
o2. What is Latin America’s “new popular theatre?”
o3. How do Chicano and Latino theatres continue to challenge social and political norms in
the US?
Background: Latin America
o26 countries
o13% of Earth’s Land Mass
oSouthern border of the SU to southern tip of America
oIndigenous civilizations
Aztecs, Mayas, Toltec’s, Incas
oBy late 1440s, Latin America has been colonized
“Indian”
Introduced European customs and culture
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