As a species, we have long been obsessed with the presentation of carefully orchestrated scenes of violence, from comic slapstick to heinous acts. As a trope of storytelling, staged violence has a long and storied history. This colloquium will investigate the why and how of staged violence from the traditions of theatrical performance to the advent of stunt work in film. We’ll read plays, historical manuscripts, and film scripts that demand scenes of staged violence, and analyze footage of these moments of physical storytelling on film. Safe and effective techniques of choreographing violence for performance will also be examined, and several choreographed fights will be learned, critiqued and performed. Our writing projects will investigate the translations necessary from idea to action through a variety of mediums throughout history.
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