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Stage Combat at Pitt

In preparation for Performance Collaborative recent show, Criminal Hearts, they previously hosted a beginners stage combat workshop. Led by José Pérez IV, a first year MFA whose work includes fight choreography and site specific performance. The workshop covered basic unarmed stage combat, including slaps, punches, jabs and throat chops. The group was also taught knaps (the sound that simulates the hits connect), how to show the audience exactly what you want them to see, and working on take a moment to connect and react to your partner. After working through a variety of actions the group was given a short section of fight choreography to practice and perform in pairs for each other. For those interested in fight choreography, second year PhD, Diego Villada will be teaching an unarmed stage combat class next semester. Furthermore, Pérez has begun training sessions, described on the Facebook page as, "Alternative workouts for those tired of the gym but all about having a sexy bod. We sweat, play games, and train in stage combat and martial arts. Mondays and Fridays, 5pm-6pm in B16-18 (Basement of Cathedral of Learning, U of Pitt). All are welcome! No experience needed." For those interested the Facebook page is called Fighter Training Sessions at U of Pitt.