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Ambrose Ferber on Fight Choreography

  • Santa Fe Woman's Club 1616 Old Pecos Trail Santa Fe, NM, 87505 United States (map)

“A hit, a very palpable hit.”

To Elizabethans, swordplay and the study of “the fence” was integral to daily life. As such, the bladed action of the plays held a particular fascination for contemporary audiences. In this talk, we will discuss how Elizabethan companies staged these fights, and how the process has evolvedover the centuries, including mid-20th century all the way up the present day. We’ll also take a look at the sorts of weapons currently being used, how we balance realism, historical accuracy, and safety, and we’ll even have a chance to learn andpractice a few actual techniques. If you'd like to be a participant, be sure to wear clothing you can move around in, including something resembling an athletic shoe.

Ambrose Ferber got his start in theatre as an injured boy in Commedia dell'Arte when he was five and has since performed in Colorado, New Mexico, and North Carolina. Some of his favorite roles are Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest, John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, John Hancock in 1776, Pablo Picasso in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Barnette Lloyd in Crimes of the Heart, and Miles in The Drawer Boy. He got to swing steel as The Douglas in Henry IV, Part 1 and went on to serve as the fight captain, lead fighter, fight trainer, and fight director in a number of shows, including Romeo and Juliet, Les Miserables, Extremities, Cyrano, and Macbeth.

Ambrose is a certified Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, and a member of Screen Actors Guild. Ambrose can be seen in the feature film Eyeborgs and in various TV shows, usually playing some kind of cop. He currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife, Bex, and their daughters, Fiona and Chloe.

$10 at the door; students are free