On February 29, SF Shakes Resident Artist Sydney Schwindt began a 5-workshop guided series on Shakespeare’s Great Fights for beginning combatants and Shakespeare fans. Each 3-hour session focusses on one fight from one play, beginning with a textual analysis of the scene with a special eye to Shakespeare’s imbedded instructions to the actor-combatants. Sydney’s knowledge of fighting terms of the period will lead to a specially choreographed fight for all participants to learn and practice. The series culminates with two major moments of violence from King Lear, our 2020 Free Shakespeare in the Park production.
Due to interference by the recent pandemic this program is currently on hold and will resume as soon as safe to do so. Rescheduled dates will be posted here once the program is ready to resume.
Attending all 5 sessions is certainly encouraged, but each session is a stand-alone experience. Participants should be 18+ years of age. Weapons and weapon stand-ins will be provided, but if you own a combat-worthy weapon (intended for stage fighting) please feel free to bring it, subject to Sydney’s approval.
PREVIOUS SCHEDULE (New schedule tba!)
Saturday, Feb 29, 10 am-1 pm: The Taming of the Shrew, Kate and Petruchio (hand to hand).
Saturday, Mar 7, 10 am-1 pm: Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio and Tybalt (rapier and dagger).
NO SESSION MARCH 14.
Saturday, Mar 21, 10 am-1 pm: Macbeth, Final Battle (longsword, mass battle).
Saturday, Mar 28, 10 am-1 pm: King Lear, Edmund and Edgar (longsword).
Saturday, Apr 4, 10 am-1 pm: King Lear, The eye-gouging of Gloucester (unarmed/sword/knife).
Single session: $40
All 5 sessions: $190 (5% discount)
Non-refundable, but transferable to a friend if you are unable to attend.
SF Shakes’ scene shop, 1560 Davidson Ave, San Francisco. Weekend parking is generally easy in front of the warehouse. Served by MUNI T-line (3rd and Evans stop).
Sydney Schwindt+ Fight Choreographer
Sydney Schwindt is an actor, fight director, and teaching artist native to Colorado. Fight directing credits include Davis Shakespeare Festival, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Livermore Shakespeare Festival, Dragon Theatre Productions, Quantum Dragon Theatre, and others. Sydney has acted nationally and internationally with such companies as Hartford Stage, Hampton Theatre Company, and Mirage Entertainment. She earned her BFA in Acting from The Hartt School and has also trained with the San Francisco Clown Conservatory and Academia dell’Arte (Arezzo, Italy). She is an advanced actor combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and has trained with Dueling Arts International, Stage Combat Deutschland, among others.