ACTORS’ SUMMER SEMESTER IS HERE

Calling all actors! The summer is for you!Violence in Motion is gearing up for summer, and we have a whole semester worth of classes designed for ACTORS– including a Tactical Master Class with Steve Wilsher himself!

June 5th– Weapons in Film – For Actors

Our instructors Neil Adams and Julia Porter team up to show us how to handle a variety of weapons used on set. Firearms, knives, hatchets, and Kali bastoni will be featured. Action films here we come!

June 19th– Staff Fighting – For Actors

Jamie Treschak brings us one of the most versatile and beautiful weapons in Western-style Quarter Staff.  Learn how to work in your body and develop connectedness with your weapon. You will be ready for Robin Hood in no time!

 

July 3rd– Fighting for Film – For Actors

Neil Adams is back with our most popular class! Learn to adapt fight choreography for the variety of camera angles needed on set. Actors and first-time fighters, this class is for you!

 

July 17th– Sword – For Actors

Julia Porter is bringing us the most popular sword in film and theatre, the Rapier! If you’ve ever wanted to look like Errol Flynn, a Musketeer, or a Pirate in the Caribbean, this class is for you!

 

August 14th– Sword and Dagger – For Actors

Jamie Treschak is back to teach us the graceful art of effectively using two weapons simultaneously. Sword and Dagger is a popular weapon combination in theatre and film.

 

August 28th– MASTER CLASS Tactical Movement for Actors with Steve Wilsher

Using training props and equipment, Stunt Coordinator and Fight Master of the Academy of Dramatic Combat. Steve Wilsher joins us to instruct on the use of action props and tactical movement. All too often, performers arrive on set with little or no training in how be comfortable and convincing using theatrical firearms. Steve will help us look professional BEFORE arriving on set!***THIS IS A MOVEMENT CLASS, NOT A LIVE-FIRE EXERCISE. NO BLANK AMMUNITION WILL BE USED OR PRESENT DURING THIS CLASS. ONLY TRAINING PROPS WILL BE USED***

 

All of our summer classes take place at the Toronto Dance Theatre, at 80 Winchester St in Toronto, Ontario.

 

Winter/Spring Classes Annouced Introducing: Semester Passes!

New Year, New Classes!

For the first time, we are now offering Semester Passes! Buy a semester pass, and you get all 4 classes for the price of 3.  

We are so excited to announce our newest edition to the VIM family: Broadswords! We have a whole new set of practice broadswords. This has been one of our most requested classes!  Sword work is so important for every fighter.  Not only does it help teach you techniques that will  improve your unarmed skill, not only does it look super cool, but it also helps get you comfortable for when a blade appears on set or stage.  It’s such a common fear! We’ve all cut ourselves cooking, we all know what that feels like.  Getting used to fighting with a large, blunt blade in class is the perfect way to make sure that you are comfortable next time one is in the script.  

This session, our classes will be at the Toronto Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester Ave, Toronto, ON.  All classes will take place Wednesday, 6pm-9pm.  See the schedule below for further details.  

Feb 13th- Broadsword– Jamie Treschak 

It’s big, it’s beautiful, it’s in every period drama.  

****Space is extremely limited due to weapon size****

 

Feb 27th- Unarmed with Neil Adams

Instructor Neil Adams is back with his favourite, and your favourite, class.

 

March 13th- Single Sword with Julia Porter

The perfect class for beginners and experts a like. Brush up on your parries, and strikes.  These skills can be transferred to every other weapon system.

April 24th- Neil Adams, Weapon System TBA 

This will be your chance to prep for the annual ADC Intensive! What weapon system do you want to get ready before you train with Canada’s ADC Fight Masters? 

 

Want to read up?  We have copies of Acted Aggression by Dr. Kara Wooten, available in our online store.  Order it, and pick it up at your next class!

Fall 2018 Class Schedule Is Here!!

Oh! Hi there, Toronto.  It’s September, and you know what that means. Sweaters come out of storage, TIFF is bringing all the stars, our days on the beach are numbered, but most importantly: Our fall schedule is here!
Preregister for all our fall classes here.

It is a busy season for all of us, so pay attention to the dates of classes for this session, and for updates on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

We will see you all this Wednesday for Neil Adams’ Unarmed for Film class!

 

Summer Classes!

Violence Motion is ready for the summer! Are you?

Now that the ADC intensive has finished (Congrats to all the students and instructors involved!) Violence in Motion is back.  All of our summer classes are currently online here.

June 27- Single Sword, Jamie Treschak

July 11- Unarmed,  Neil Adams

July 25- Weapon System TBA, Jamie Treschak

Aug 8- Weapon System TBA, Julia Porter

Aug 22- Unarmed, Neil Adams

Sept 5- Weapon System TBA, Julia Porter

 

See you all at the Toronto Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester St, in a couple of weeks!

The Academy of Dramatic Combat Annual Intensive Is Almost Here!

Who is excited for May? We are! Our parent organization, the Academy of Dramatic Combat, is holding the 19th Annual Stage Combat Workshop and Conference May 22nd- June 3rd.

This is the perfect opportunity to get your next certification. Whether you are just starting out with Basic or gearing up for Intermediate and Advanced, the intensive is the perfect place.  You’ll even see a friendly face or two from Violence in Motion teaching this year!

For any questions, or to reserve your space, please contact:

Steve Wilsher, Master Instructor Emeritus

416-899-7966

havocssi@aol.com

Visit the Academy of Dramatic Combat website for more details!

WE’RE BACK FOR 2018!

Happy New Year everyone, and a big thank you to all of our students and guest Master Class Instructors for an incredible 2017!

We are back NEXT WEEK, in our new location and new day.  Starting January 10th, every other other Wednesday, you can find us at the Toronto Dance Theatre 6pm-9pm.  First up, we have Julia Porter teaching SINGLE SWORD.

Our Full Class schedule for Winter/Spring 2018 is:

Jan 10: Single Sword with Julia Porter

Jan 24: Unarmed with Neil Adams

Feb 7: Rapier & Dagger with Jamie Treschak

Feb 21: Broadsword with Neil Adams

Mar 7: Unarmed with Julia Porter

Mar 21: Quarter Staff with Jamie Treschak

Apr 4: Small Sword with Neil Adams

Apr 18: Case of Rapier with Julia Porter

All these classes will take place at the Toronto Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester Street, Toronto, Ontario M4X 1B2.

 

See you all next Wednesday at 6pm!

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Windsor Workshops!

Violence in Motion is pleased to announce that we will be in Windsor Oct 21 and 28, offering workshops at the University of Windsor.  Instructor Jamie Treschak (a UWindsor alumni) will be offering two different workshops, one on Unarmed Combat for Stage, and one on Single Sword, only $25 each.

On October 21,  JOIN US  from 10am-1pm in the Jackson Dramatic Art Centre for an introduction into Unarmed Combat for Stage.

On October 28, JOIN US from 10am-1pm in the Jackson Dramatic Art Centre for an introduction into Single Sword.

Both classes are great if you are new to staged combat, or need to refresh your existing skills.  You do not have to be a student at the University to attend!

ANNOUNCING: Day 2 of Fighting on Set with James Binkley!

Due to the overwhelming response for Fighting on Set with James Binkley, we have added a second day! Space is limited so do not wait!

On October 21st, 2017, JOIN US at Revival 629 from 12pm-4pm for Day 2 with stunt coordinator James Binkley!

James’ stunt credits number well into the hundreds, including Rookie Blue, Breakout Kings, Cinderella Man, RED, The Incredible Hulk, and Land of the Dead, and he has been the stunt coordinator for tv shows, like The Republic of Doyle, and movies such as Cyborg Soldier, Adoration, Animal 2, and The Last Sect. James has over 200 professional production credits as a fight director including 10 seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and 11 seasons at the Canadian Opera Company.

This is a fantastic opportunity for all performers wanting to develop the invaluable skill of combat for the camera!

Sign up here!

Fighting on Set– with James Binkley

Fighting on Set with James Binkley

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We are proud to announce the third instalment of our Master Class Series, Fighting on Set with James Binkley.

On October 14th, 2017, JOIN US in Tarragon Theatre’s Rehearsal Hall from 12pm-4pm to learn from stunt coordinator James Binkley!

James’ stunt credits number well into the hundreds, including Rookie Blue, Breakout Kings, Cinderella Man, RED, The Incredible Hulk, and Land of the Dead, and he has been the stunt coordinator for The Republic of Doyle and movies such as Cyborg Soldier, Adoration, Animal 2, and The Last Sect. James has over 200 professional production credits as a fight director including 10 seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and 11 seasons at the Canadian Opera Company.

This is a fantastic opportunity for all performers wanting to develop the invaluable skill of combat for the camera!

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To register click here!

Fighting on Set with James Binkley

When: October 14th 2017, 12pm – 4pm

Where: Tarragon Theatre 30 Bridgman Ave Toronto, ON M5R 1X3

Cost: $100 + HST

James Binkley is a Senior Instructor with the Academy of Dramatic Combat and a member of the Society of Canadian Fight Directors.  He has over 200 professional production credits as a fight director including 10 seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and 11 seasons at the Canadian Opera Company. He has worked throughout Canada with numerous companies including the Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage Company, Soulpepper, the National Ballet, the National Arts Centre, Obsidian Theatre Company, the Factory Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Big Art Productions in Montreal, and (r)evolution theatre in Vancouver.

He also works as an actor, stunt performer and stunt coordinator. His acting credits include Nikita, Flashpoint, Beauty and the Beast, The Border, and Heartstopper, credits as a stunt performer number well into the hundreds including Rookie Blue, Breakout Kings, Cinderella Man, RED, The Incredible Hulk, and Land of the Dead, and he has been the stunt coordinator for The Republic of Doyle and movies such as Cyborg Soldier, Adoration, Animal 2, and The Last Sect.

Announcing: Corporate Workshops

Violence in Motion is excited to announce we are now offering Corporate Team Building Workshops.

Do you want to provide an unforgettable team building experience for your company? Our instructors will have you away from your desks working as a team, building trust, using active listening, communication, and countless other transferable skills while feeling like Action Stars! Our corporate team building workshops are affordable, interactive, flexible, and fun. Break out of the board room, get on your feet, and build long-term benefits for your team!

Our core belief is that “the fight is not important.” What we do find important is the story. Whether that story be on stage, on film — or even in the boardroom. Since moving full-time to the corporate world, Jamie Treschak (Treschak Enterprises and Co-Founder of Violence in Motion,) has been relying on the skills he mastered while working as a professional fight director and stunt performer.  Along with his partners at Violence in Motion he is now sharing these transferable skills to help your team break away from the cubical, and begin to work together, always making each other and your company look like a star.

No prior Martial Arts experience necessary! Violence in Motion runs physical workshops, but we have the ability to accommodate all body types, injuries, and specific physical needs. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please do not hesitate to contact us. Based in Toronto, Ontario. However, we are able to travel and can book sessions at your headquarters if the work space will accommodate. If not, we will arrange a location with one of our partners to suit your needs.

After completing this workshop, you and your team will have an expanded grasp on the importance of staying on brand and supporting your teammates. Mutual respect, trust, listening, and communication, among other transferable skills, will all be strengthened while learning an active new skill.

Contact Brianna Love, Violence in Motion Booking Coordinator, to create a fully-customizable, action-packed workshop for you and your team. We look forward to hearing from you!

emailviolenceinmotion@gmail.com

(416) 530-0080