Late Sixteenth Century Fencing - The Other Movement Art
- Patri du Chat Gris
- Gym on Saturday at 2:15PM
Dancing and fencing were both requisite skills for a gentleman of the sixteenth century. Each calls for disciplined study to learn specific movements that require coordination, strength, precision and grace for their proper execution. The movements and attitudes learned in one activity must have affected an individual's practice of the other. This workshop will teach the basic movements characteristic of fencing in the late sixteenth century, with particular attention to elements relevant to Renaissance dance. The focus will be on the Italian technique described by Giacomo Di Grassi, with some reference to English (Swetnam) and French (St. Didier) techniques.