Entwinted

Intimacy and Fight choreography

Waiting to board

I am checked-in and ready to go. A little early, but you never know when you need extra time. Once when I was flying out of Buffalo, the border crossing took about two hours longer than anticipated. Luckily, I'd planned to be a few hours early so I still made my...

Don’t leave your bag on the bus

Last night I had a dream that I left my hand baggage on the bus. In order to try to get it back, I had to describe my bag to the general public over the loudspeaker, but I couldn't because it's a new bag, and I couldn't remember what it looked like. The last part is...

Finally packed

Usually, I pack about a week ahead of time and then spend a week second guessing my packing. So this time I thought, "no way! Just take a couple of days and poof! Done!" Didn't quite work out. Actually, I'm done packing now, but felt rushed. However, it only took...

Smallsword/Time

Matt and I have been working the smallsword fight that I used in Estonia to see what we can discover. Like the Longsword fight, we’re finding many nuances in the kinds of attacks and responses we’re making, not to mention how important it is to be specific in the time...

The Hobbit is closing

Tomorrow, Thursday May 25, 2011, is closing night for The Hobbit in London, Ontario. I had the distinct privilege and pleasure to be fight director on this show. Director Susan Ferley brought together a fantastic group of people, and made my job much easier (and I...

Back in Toronto

Epic fail on the blogging this time around! I have lots of notes though, so I'll get to posting tidbits very soon. To tell you the truth, I get these enormous ideas, and have a hard time distilling them into small "blog-sized" articles. Less worry, more writing!

Now in England!

I'm starting the third and final travel phase of this fellowship.  I'm also catching up on lots of posts.  It's been incredibly busy since Sweden, and I'm waaaay behind on writing.  I'm going to upload them as I get them done. Stay tuned!

Leaving Tromsø

I have been loving the weather in Tromsø over the last 24 hours. I love snow (I live in a condo, so I don’t have to shovel it), and it’s been snowing on and off for the last day. To watch it fall on the city and then see the city and the mountains a glow with snow is...

schedule updated

The dates for my study tours in Sweden and London are confirmed! Check out the Schedule page to see when. More details to follow. -- update: February 23, 2017 This blog has been migrated from its original home to this page, so you can't find the Schedule page any...

Albion Swords article

Albion Swords’ diagrams of sword dynamics http://www.albion-swords.com/articles/images/sword-dynamics.pdf And here, Peter Johnsson discusses balance points, pivot points and nodes. http://www.myarmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=8088 And finally, their sword glossary!...

Points to Ponder

It never ceases to amaze me how I start to think about stage combat in random situations. Well, what I really mean, is that we’ll be chatting about something completely different and it’ll apply to my work. I’ve decided to start posting “Points to Ponder” whenever...

Quote of the Day

"Talent must not be wasted... Those who have talent must hug it, embrace it, nurture it and share it lest it be taken away from you as fast as it was loaned to you." - Frank Sinatra

Quote of the Day

"Specify, not simplify." - Brad Waller Clarify the details, rather than washing over them in an attempt to be done faster.  The work suffers, the story is not clear, and you sacrifice safety.

3 fights in 12 hours

This actually took place two months ago, but it was a fantastic learning opportunity that I want to share. Matt and I performed in “An Evening with Bill Shakespeare” at the Vaughan City Playhouse. This show was a collection of Shakespearean monologues performed by us,...