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Safety First: Stage Combat Terminology

Safety First: Stage Combat Terminology






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    • Stage Combat
    • What is stage combat? Stage combat is an artistic representation of violence in a performance environment. It is an illusion of violence based on the principles of reality but created using specific techniques that make the actions safe for the performers. The creation of a sequence of stage combat movements is referred to as stage combat choreography.
    • Examples The Rumble - Version One (WEST SIDE STORY) The Rumble - Version Two (WEST SIDE STORY) Romeo & Juliet RSC: Hamlet
    • Safety First We don’t want any accidents The most important concept, in stage combat, is to remember
    • To wear or not to wear, that is the question. Wear Non slip shoes that cover the whole foot Comfortable clothes you can move in Clothes that COVER your body Do Not Wear Sandals, flip flops, heels, socks or go barefoot Earrings, rings, bracelets or necklaces
    • How to Speak “Stage Combat” Non contact strike: The illusion of contact, masked from the audience. You will never touch another actor with an aggressive move. Knap: The sound created by actors with their own bodies that mimics the sound of the contact. Eye contact: Frequent cueing your partner by looking into their eyes during a fight. This assures communication between partners.  Clap Knap: The sound made when both hands clap together, usually made by the person receiving the action.  Body Knap: The sound made by striking a major muscle group on the body. Either actor can create this knap.
    • How to Speak “Stage Combat” Avoidance: A movement to dodge an attack. Invitation: One actor giving another a temptation to attack. Performance speed: Stage combat should always be first rehearsed in slow motion and slowly get faster. Block: A movement to deflect the action of the attacker from its intended target. There are four performance speeds  ¼ speed (slow motion)  ½ speed (a little faster than slow motion)  ¾ speed (almost full speed)  Full speed Yes. You need to write ALL of this!
    • All The Right Moves Break Fall: Any movement that expends the energy or force from a fall and gives the illusion of impact.  Side Fall: Bend knees and fall with the majority of the impact on thighs—not knees—and then sprawl out the hands in the direction of the fall to send the force out.  Back Fall: Step back w/one foot and bend down so one leg is completely underneath your bottom and the other foot is in front. Curl backwards, put your arms out to the side, create a knap w/arms, palms down with feet up. ALWAYS TUCK CHIN TO AVOID HITTING YOUR HEAD.
    • All The Right Moves Punch: Offensive striking techniques with the hand(s) that are executed with the hand closed into a relaxed fist. Strangle: Both hands of attacker give the impression of choking the victim. The attacker touches the collar bone—not the neck. Slap: A non-contact blow delivered with an open hand, usually made to the face. Uses a slap knap.  Front Fall: Take a step fwd & R with your R foot. Bend down on R foot and then “jump off” of your foot & send your energy (w/ both arms and legs extended as much as possible – think Superman) so the impact with the floor is more like sliding than falling.
    • All The Right Moves Hair Pull: Grab a large section of the victim’s hair as to appear gain control of their head movement. When performing stage combat: The person who is “THE VICTIM” is always in control of the situation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQTJzbTcMSk&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJGmAVMNo5k&feature=related
    • More Clips Michael Chin: Fight Master http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XkbqqWbXgQ
    • PrepareStrikeFollow Thru/Reaction Reaction: This is what the victim acts out after being struck by the attacker. Prepare: This is the Eye Contact before a strike. ●This is also the set up of a punch or slap. Strike: The actual execution of the technique. This is where the Knap happens if one is required. Follow Thru: The continuation of the Strike.
    • Reactions! It is crucial that the victim acts (yes… I said “ACT!”) as if they were really hit! This is what “sells” the violence. This includes but is not limited to: • Choking • Gasping for air • Voicing pain • Looking angry • Stumbling / Stammering • Acting Disorientated
    • Stage Combat Agreement I, __________________________, agree that I will practice all stage fighting techniques with the utmost regard for safety. I will not act immaturely, or put my partner or myself in any sort of danger at any point during this unit. If I should violate this agreement, I understand that I will receive a zero for this unit’s test and be disciplined according to class policy. Signature: _________________________ Date: _________