Lovers and Executioners Fight from “When Words Fail!”


Participants from all over the US and abroad came together in New York City July 3rd-9th, 2011 to train for one intensive week with the Art of Combat company in the skills needed to create extraordinary fights for stage and screen. This is one of the scenes that participants worked on throughout the week which culminated in a show performed in New York City at the Access Theatre (380 Broadway)

The show was called “When Words Fail!” and was a collection of fight scenes ranging from Medieval Drama to Pirates of the Caribbean. Each scene is performed with a twist and choreographed in the unique style of AoC fight directors. The fights were directed by: Brian Brockenshire, Jared Kirby, John Lennox, Kyle Rowling & Karl Sine and the scenes featured : Tobin Bates, Julian Curi, David D’Andrea, Amanda Finney, Everett Goldner, Kerry Hishon, J.T. Maclay, Nathan Michail, John-Michael Murphy, Nathan Oesterle, Aaron Orensky, Hunter C. Smith, Amy Jean Suznovich, Ceris Thomas and Alex Tufel.

This scene was taken from:
Lovers and Executioners- (Director’s Concept: Director loves Dangerous Liaisons)
Fight Director: Karl Sine
Assistant FD: Jared Kirby
Fight Captain: Ceris Thomas
Constance: Ceris Thomas
Frederic: Kerry Hishon
Don Lope: Tobin Bates

This workshop is an immersion into the AoC company which has been actively transferring historical combat styles to stage and film for over a decade. Members are trained in historical combat styles and learn how to make them safe and replicable for stage and screen. Our training and expertise has enhanced theatre, film and TV with authentic and realistic combat sequences all around the world.

The week is structured so that you will get the most out of it. You can register at one of three levels, based on your skill level and what you want to learn: “Combatant”, “On Track” or “Fight Director”. For more information go the Art of Combat website. Video edited by Absolutely Perilous; a freelance design studio specializing in visual FX and fight/stunt photography.

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