Stage Combat & Movement for the Performer

This course introduces students to the basic mechanics of physical conflict when performing and instills important safety practices. Exercise work examines the elements that make a fight scene safe, truthful, and interesting. The actor’s individual approach to interpreting fight scenes and their use of body, movement, and style is developed and evaluated. Using proper warm-up techniques and disciplined repetition, students achieve confidence and the ability to take on, direct,or choreograph a role/scene that requires stage conflict or violence. The final exam consists of enacting an original 3- to 5-minute fight scene from a recognized performance piece (such as Romeo & Juliet or West Side Story) that is devised in partnered groups.

There is minimal homework associated with this class.

Min-Max Credit Hours: 1.0-1.0