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Unarmed Stage Combat

By Philip d'Orleans

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ISBN: 9781785007859
PUBLISHED: 31/12/2020
PAGES: 256
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 177 colour photos and 109 diagrams

Stage combat is a constantly evolving craft, responsive to the growing demands of an ever changing industry and an ever more perceptive audience. Experienced fight director, teacher and examiner Philip d'Orleans shows how to respond to this challenge through innovative techniques and original choreography. Unarmed Stage Combat explores the fundamental performance principles of violence on stage, before a dedicated series of chapters focus on over forty specific unarmed combat techniques, including non-contact slaps, punches, kicks and chokes as well as controlled contact and the illusion of falling. Each technique is beautifully illustrated with step-by-step photos and detailed practical guidance through the preparation, action and reaction to the movement, as well as the key safety principles, common pitfalls and staging variables.

Packed with a career's worth of industry experience, this is far more than a simple book on technique - this is a master class in how to create a unique fight performance, allowing performers to reach their full fight potential, safely. Key coverage includes:


  • Acting while you fight - maintaining an authentic character
  • How staging and sightlines affect choice of technique
  • Vocal choreography and how to perform it safely
  • A detailed examination of pain
  • Knapping
  • Fighting for camera

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