En Garde! Learn the basics of theatrical sword fighting. This course will cover techniques for creating stage combat with the weapons traditionally used in Shakespeare's plays: the medieval Broadsword and the renaissance Rapier & Dagger. Stressing safety and physical distancing, students will learn to channel their inner warrior. Additionally, this course will examine the historical uses of these weapons and how a culture of violence influenced Shakespeare's work.
Dave Maier is the resident fight director at Cal Shakes. He is recognized as a Master Fight Director and Senior Instructor with Dueling Arts International. His work has won several awards and has been seen at many bay area theatres including San Francisco Opera, ACT, Berkeley Rep, Berkeley Playhouse, SF Playhouse, Center Rep, Marin Theatre Co., and Santa Cruz Shakespeare. He is a faculty member at San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has taught stage combat classes for Stanford University, UC Santa Cruz, St. Mary's College of California and Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.
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