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Effective: Summer 2013

Advisory: Advisory: Course includes rigorous physical activity; not open to students with credit in DRAM 58 or THTR 58.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Upon completion of this class, students will have working knowledge of the procedures, safety premises, terminology and execution of hand-to-hand stage combat techniques universally employed in the entertainment industry.
  • Upon completion of this class, students will be able to basically apply the above (SLO #1) listed stage combat choreography precepts into practical performance circumstances.
Description -
Introduction to the concepts and practice of choreographed hand-to-hand and small weapons combat for stage and camera using techniques with emphasis on safety concepts and universal industry maneuver standards required for all stage combat circumstances.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Incorporate physical exercises particular to hand-to-hand and small weapons stage combat, warm-up and preparation for performance.
  2. Develop increased awareness of the body in terms of balance and spacing required for effective execution of hand-to-hand stage combat techniques.
  3. Develop a library of maneuvers universal to the concepts of stage combat and be able to apply them practically.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Clothes that do not inhibit movement, preferably tights and/or non loose fitting sweats. Room with an open space for movement; audio-visual equipment and mirrors; tumbling mats.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction of maneuvers, necessary preparation, flow of sequencing maneuvers (Lecture).
  2. Incorporated movement elements including: balance, posture, center of gravity, pace, energy expression, emotion, force, partner weight sharing and cooperation (Lecture).
    1. Synthesis of indicated techniques (Lab).
  3. Roles of attacker and defender/victim (Lecture).
    1. Include premises of selling the fight
    2. Application to character and other acting demands
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Quizzes of techniques and industry terminology.
  2. Completion of effective fight choreography score.
  3. Final project presentation.
Representative Text(s) -
Instructor handout packet

Disciplines -
Theatre Arts
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration, Peer Observation/Evaluation.
Through structured lecture, teacher demonstrations and guided student rehearsal, the student will explore and apply the techniques of study to formal, rehearsed work. Students will actively, practically enhance stage combat awareness and skills through exposure to topics.
Lab Content -
  1. Practice and development of introduced maneuvers.
  2. Development of cooperative learning assignments.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Cooperative development of original support scene leading to final combat sequence.
  2. Self-analysis journal.