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					Course Number and Title: 740-157

Theatrical Fencing (1 cr.)

Catalogue Statement: This is a one semester course designed to teach the basic concepts, crafts and skills needed for safe theatrical fencing. Prerequisites: None Text: Course packet available at Bob’s Copy Shop in the University Square Mall Fitness Objective: To improve hand-eye and hand-foot coordination, spatial judgment, balance, and Anaerobic capacity. Specific Primary Objective: To provide students with the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to safely practice the art of stage fencing. These skill areas are identified as follows:

I. Objectives A. To develop the basic skills of stage fencing and fight direction and to practice them as an art form requiring unflagging attention to safety, discipline, and creativity. To increase knowledge of historical fencing techniques with a variety of weapons so that an element of realism and historical accuracy is present on stage. To develop and maintain a functional level of strength, flexibility, control, and awareness necessary to safe and dynamic practice.



II. Course Content A. Cognitive learning 1. Characteristics and distinguishing features of good theatrical fencing with specific reference to simple techniques of bare-handed stage fighting and swordplay on the stage. 2. Historical fencing/fighting styles 3. The purpose of physical combat in the theatrical context. 4. The health and safety considerations for theatrical fencers and fight directors. 5. Biomechanical and mechanical considerations related to center of gravity, body alignment, stance, balance, inertia, weight shifts, force production, and angular momentum, both real and illusory. 6. Safety and prevention of injury a. telegraphing b. cueing c. "pulling" attacks d. controlling inertia 7. Choreographing a fight scene using Hobbs notation

B. Patterns of movement, acquisition of skills 1. Basic exercises necessary to the development of strength, and flexibility; routines for the development of endurance and balance, e.g., leg strength and flexibility is crucial to maintain balance during avoidance movements. Fundamental techniques -- patterned movements basic to stage fights a. specific blows as attacks b. specific parries/blocks c. specific dodges d. grappling/wrestling-like actions while fencing e. gesticulations with the weapons for dramatic effect


3. Simulating physical reactions to pretended hits 4. Attack and defense routines with simulated weapons a. small sword (fencing foil) b. rapier & dagger (fencing saber and blunt dagger c. hand-and-a-half sword (wooden) 5. 6. 7. 8. VII. Evaluation 10% based on the result of a written midterm exam 15% based on the result of a written final exam 25% based on the result of a 6-week performance presentation 50% based on the result of a final performance presentation Special Information: Safety: Students are advised that there are risks inherent in any physical activity. Students are responsible for reading safety materials, following guidelines established for the course, and obeying their instructor. Students must wear attire suitable for movement, including clean athletic shoes and a T-shirt. The course meets in Gym 2 of the Natatorium Simulating combat with multiple opponents Methods of safe orchestration (experimenting and planning the choreography) Methods of safe rehearsal Methods of safe performance

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