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Women Fencing
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1836  Tuesday, 23 September 2003

From:           Dana Shilling <
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Date:           Monday, 22 Sep 2003 12:50:14 +0000
Subject: 14.1830 Women Fencing
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1830 Women Fencing

Theatrical fencing is also very different from fencing as a
sport--theatrical fencing is a kind of choreography aimed at preventing
surprises. In theatrical fencing, you put the point where it's supposed
to be, to minimize possible injury to your "opponent." Sport fencing is
about creating surprises (within the limits of the rules!). And, as "The
Art of Coarse Acting" points out, in school productions Laertes is
always played by the school fencing champion and Hamlet by someone who
barely knows one end of a weapon from the other, so the major challenge
is making sure that the right combatant wins the bout.

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