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Luminaries: Stage Combat Then & Now: Historical and Contemporary Practice

The Palladium // Tuesday, Jan 25, 2pm ET

Luminaries: Stage Combat Then & Now: Historical and Contemporary Practice

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2 p.m. presentation followed by light refreshments


Led by actor and theater historian Andrés Lopez, the presentation will begin with a brief overview of the history of stage combat, focusing on its development and practice in 19th century England. Next, Lopez will discuss contemporary practice and the various approaches to combat on stage and in film/television. Finally, he will demonstrate various stage combat techniques: the standard combats, single sword and swashbuckling, and unarmed fighting.


About the Presenter

Andrés Lopez received his Ph.D. in theatre history from Indiana University, where he researched the history of stage combat. His particular interests are the standard combats and fight choreography in 19th century England. He is an advanced actor/combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, holding certifications in all eight weapon disciplines. He has taught stage combat to people of all ages at workshops and in classrooms around the country. He has been the fight choreographer for several productions, including Vinegar Tom, Water by the Spoonful, Streamers and Cyrano de Bergerac.


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