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Understanding Stage Combat

A survey of short readings addressing both pragmatic and dramaturgical concerns in violence design.

Why Everyone Should Study Stage Combat
Essay

Why Everyone Should Study Stage Combat

10 November 2013

Meron Langsner shares insight into the difficulty and importance of creating a successful combat scene. 

Hiring a Fight Director
Essay

Hiring a Fight Director

18 July 2017

Fight director Michael Jerome Johnson lays out how and when to hire a fight director.

Portrait of Meron Langsner.
Fightaturgy
Essay

Fightaturgy

Towards a Dramaturgy of Stage Violence

11 November 2013

Dramatically motivated fight choreography makes the audience lean forward in their seats. “Fightaturgy” matters.  

The Significance of Violence Design
Essay

The Significance of Violence Design

25 April 2014

We usually consider a fight choreographer’s job to be staging the fights so that they are safe. Certainly safety is essential: actors should not be getting hurt in the exercise of their art. But a violence designer is far more than a mere “safety foreman.” Like any other artist working in the theater, the violence designer’s primary role is doing interpretive work: making choices that help tell the story. Not the story of Hamlet, but the story of this Hamlet: that is to say, the story that this production of Hamlet is telling.

Crossed rapiers.
Despite All of His Contributions to Modern Stage Combat, Ridolfo Capo Ferro Was NOT a Fight Director
Essay

Despite All of His Contributions to Modern Stage Combat, Ridolfo Capo Ferro Was NOT a Fight Director

30 November 2013

Meron Langsner compares his knowledge of the sports combat and stage combat to better articulate the purposes of stage combat.  

How to Have a Happy Fight Call
Essay

How to Have a Happy Fight Call

A Guide for Directors, Stage Managers, and Fight Captains

4 December 2013

We all love a good fight (in a show). A reminder to keep things real by checking in with actors and their weapons, maintain a full fight call, and maintaining consistent order.