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THE 170 - Stage Combat 1: Unarmed Techniques, Experimental

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This is a course designed to instruct students in the fundamental techniques and principles of safe and effective unarmed theatrical stage combat. Coursework will train the student actor to recognize safe partnering and execution of falls, strikes, blocks and grappling for the performance of theatrical works which include physical conflict. Students will be expected to work in close physical proximity alongside other participants in the course, and a final exam consisting of the performance of choreographed work will be required.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Perform unarmed fight choreography within the context of a theatrical scene.
  2. Make informed decisions regarding movement performance choices as they relate to character and scene context.
  3. Research a play with an eye toward performing scenes of physical conflict.
  4. Advocate for personal safety as needed in rehearsal situations.
  5. Safely rehearse choreography in preparation for performance.
  6. Record fight notation for personal or stage management use.
  7. Recognize proper angles at which to work to satisfy audience sight lines.
  8. Work closely with others.
  9. Accept direction and criticism.
Listed Topics
  1. Play Dramaturgy
  2. Falls and Rolls
  3. Contact grappling techniques and strikes
  4. Non-contact strikes
  5. Choreography for various audience configurations (Proscenium, thrust, round)
Reference Materials
Required Text(s): Scenes will be provided by instructor.
Required Materials: Pencils, Notebook, appropriate attire for studio class involving physical activity.

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