The Art of Unarmed Stage Combat
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The Art of Unarmed Stage Combat is your guide to the principles and techniques of theatrical violence, combining detailed discussions of the mechanics of stage fighting with the nuances of acting decisions to make fighting styles reflect character and story. Expert Fight Director Robert Najarian offers never-before-published games and exercises that will allow you to develop the skills and concepts for performing violence for stage and screen. This title utilizes a unique system of training techniques that result in stage violence that is both physically engaging for you as a performer, while remaining viscerally engaging for the audience.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 254 pages
  • 191 x 235 x 20.32mm | 642g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 285 black & white halftones
  • 1138938017
  • 9781138938014

About Robert Najarian

Robert Najarian is an actor, instructor, and fight director hailing from the East Coast, currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has taught at movement and stage combat workshops, such as the National Stage Combat Workshop at North Carolina School of the Arts, The Winter Wonderland Workshop in Chicago, IL, and The Paddy Crean Workshop at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada. As a fight director, Najarian has staged the violence for more than 100 productions for stage and film. Fight direction credits include Carmen and Macbeth with Boston Lyric Opera, As You Like It with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Don Quixote with Boston Ballet, Johnny Baseball with American Repertory Theatre, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Kite Runner with New Repertory Theatre, and She Kills Monsters with Company One. Najarian is a Fight Director and Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and a member of Actors' Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.show more

Table of contents

Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction Part I - A Brief History of Violence in Performance 1. Overview of Stage Combat History 2. Overview of Hoplology Part II - Physical Training 3. The Warm-Up 4. Partnered Conditioning 5. Combat Games Part III - Cornerstone Concepts 6. Seeking Safety 7. Good Partnering 8. Audience Relationship (The Third Partner) 9. Characters in Conflict Part IV - Process and Performance 10. The Violent Soundscape 11. The Illusion of Violence 12. Non-Contact Violence 13. Contact Violence 14. Taken For Granted 15. Final Thoughts Indexshow more