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Swordplay Intensive: A guide to single sword stage combat with Zach Counsil

February 17 @ 6:00 pmFebruary 18 @ 9:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until February 19, 2017

One event on February 18, 2017 at 6:00pm


The ability to fight safely and smoothly on stage and screen has nearly become a requisite for performers of all styles in today’s entertainment industry. Looking to learn a new skill or brush up an old one? What could be more fun than sword fighting?
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hone your techniques as a combatant and learn multiple forms of swordplay, all over the course of a single weekend. Acquire balance, form, control, safety and learn the art of the sell. Multiple forms will be covered through the art of single sword combat including various forms of fencing, medieval martial arts, and modern techniques. Class size will be small to allow for optimal 1 on 1 time with the instructor. Participants will also work in pairs and perform their own choreographed fight scene at the end of the workshop.
Participants will gain with a base skill set of practical, physical, and historical knowledge and enhance their physical capabilities. And have a whole lot of fun doing it.
Add to your special skill set today!
All fitness/experience levels welcome.

Dates: February 17 (6pm-9pm), 18, 19 (12pm-6pm.)
Location: Studio Theatre at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (1233 Wellington St W, Ottawa)
Cost: $200.00 for the entire course, including equipment. Equity / Actra / UDA / Student discount: $175.00
Contact: / 613-203-1000 to book your spot or for more info.

About the instructor:
“Zach Counsil is the best!” – John Koensgen, Fight Director, NAC / GCTC.
Zach Counsil is an award-winning fight director, actor, director, and illusionist. He has worked in professional theatres across Canada for over 10 years and has choreographed combat sequences for some of the most iconic productions around including, The Three Musketeers, Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes, Frankenstein, The Maltese Bodkin, The Servant of Two Masters, Romeo & Juliet, Chicago, Cyrano De Bergerac, …Spelling Bee, Game of Bones, After Juliet, and The 39 Steps, just to name a few. Zach trained with many institutions including, National Stage Combat Partners, the National Arts Center, The RCMP, The Armored Company of the Sword, and The South Tower Armoring Guild, just to name a few. Zach also studied Karate and Judo in his early years and then went onto pursue historical and modern fencing, Kenjutsu, and Medieval Martial Arts. Upcoming, Zach will be acting Fight Director on The Great Canadian Theatre Company’s Lawyer Play Production of Macbeth in spring.


February 17 @ 6:00 pm
February 18 @ 9:00 pm
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Zach Counsil


Great Canadian Theatre Company
1233 Wellington Street West
Ottawa, K1Y 0G7