From the late 17th to the beginning of the 19th century, the smallsword served as a civilian sidearm, a powerful symbol of rank in society and a deadly weapon on the dueling ground. Being shorter and lighter than the rapier gave the user the ability to deliver quick movements and precise thrusts. Duelists such as Julie d’Aubigny (La Maupin) and the Chevalier de Saint-George helped solidify the legacy of this weapon. It’s use can also be seen in films such as The Duelist.
This seminar will focus on how to transfer the fencing techniques of French Small–sword to the stage or screen. We will begin on the subtle manipulations of the sword and the precise footwork required to begin small–sword. This will move into fundamental drills that can be utilized to create choreography.
*This seminar is open to students of all skill and experience levels*