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!

James Binkley on IMDB

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

 

“Fighting for Film” with John Stead EXTENDED- October 29th, 2016

We’re adding another day!

As you know John Stead’s workshop “Fight for Film” sold out in under 2 weeks! Due to the overwhelming response, and growing wait list, John has agreed to a second day, Saturday, October 29th. 2016.  Sign up today, because this opportunity won’t happen a third time!

John Stead on IMDB

To register click here!

John Stead: Fighting For Film Workshop

When: October 29th 2016, 10am – 4pm

Where: Opia Studios – 587A College St. Toronto, ON

Cost: $100 + HST

JOHN STEAD 

John Stead is Head of Stage Combat for the Stratford Festival of Canada, a Master Instructor with the Academy of Dramatic Combat, Stage Combat Coordinator for The National Theatre School, and a member of the Society of Canadian Fight Directors. He has over 500 professional theatre credits as a fight director including 23 seasons as the fight director for the Stratford Festival and 17 seasons with the Shaw Festival. He has worked across Canada and the U.S. with numerous companies including Soulpepper Theatre, Canadian Stage Company, the National Ballet, Mirvish Productions, Theatre Passe Muraille, Tarragon Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Factory Theatre, the National Arts Centre, Studio Arena Theatre, the Geva Theatre in Rochester, the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Los Angeles Ahmanson Theatre and the Lincoln Centre on Broadway. He has stunt performed on over 250 TV episodes and films and stunt coordinated the action sequences for more than 450 film and television episodes in Canada and abroad. As a Director, John has directed for several television series including Dark Matter, Bitten, The Bobby Buck Show, Lost GirlXIIIThe Dresden Files, Mutant X, TrackerEarth: Final Conflict and The Adventures of Sinbad. His short films include The Hot Flash for Wishing Field Entertainment, End Game for Wake Up Fast Productions, Charon’s Obal for Right Side Up Productions and the multiple award winning film, The Waking for Boomerang Films. He has also directed the feature films Troubled Waters for Genius Productions/Peace Arch Entertainment, Cyborg Soldier for Nu Image/Peace Arch Entertainment and Good Morning Tomorrow for Southern Ice Films. Mr. Stead has taught at the National Theatre School, as well as, the Universities of Toronto, Waterloo, Humber, Saskatchewan and Wilfred Laurier. He’s been awarded an Award of Excellence (Canadian International Film Festival), a Genre Award for Best Suspense (BNFF), the Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director’s Award (Stratford Festival), the Judges Choice Award (15 Minutes of Fame International Film Festival)a Tyrone Guthrie Award (Stratford Festival), Best Short 1st Runner-Up (Ticket to Hollywood International Film and Screenplay Festival) and nominated for a Best Short Award (Directors Guild of Canada).

Affiliations include:DGC CAEA ACTRA ADC SCFD

Thank You!

Wow! A huge thank you to everyone for the overwhelming response to John Stead’s upcoming Master Class “Fighting for Film”.
I can now let you know we have officially filled the class in just a week and a half.  If you would like to be added to our waitlist please email us at emailviolenceinmotion@gmail.com
Everyone here at Violence in Motion would like to thank you all for your overwhelming response. Response like this is what will make it possible for us to be able to bring you more of the amazing training the Academy of Dramatic Combat has to offer. Such an avalanche of support has be truly humbling.  Thank you.
We look forward to seeing everyone at our regularly scheduled Sunday Classes, at Opia Studios 10am-2pm.  And, for those of you that managed to sign up for “Fighting for Film” with John Stead, we will see you on October 16th!
–Brianna Love, Violence In Motion

Fighting For Film with Stunt Coordinator/Master Instructor John Stead

Fighting For Film with Stunt Coordinator/Master Instructor John Stead!

Due to overwhelming popularity this workshop has sold out! In response we have added a second day on Oct. 29th! Click here to register.

It is with great honour that we are announcing the second installment of our Master Class Series, Fighting for Film with John Stead. On October 16th, 2016, John will be in-house at Opia Studios with his limitless knowledge of combat and it’s relation to the entertainment industry. Join us for a day of combat you will never forget.

John is one of the leading Stunt Coordinators in Canada. He has coordinated many recent TV series such as Dark Matter, Bitten, Designated Survivor, The Listener, and Ransom, among countless others. He is also the resident Fight Director at both the Stratford and Shaw festivals.

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

John Stead on IMDB

To register click here!

John Stead: Fighting For Film Workshop

When: October 16th 2016, 10am – 4pm

Where: Opia Studios – 587A College St. Toronto, ON

Cost: $100 + HST

JOHN STEAD

John Stead is Head of Stage Combat for the Stratford Festival of Canada, a Master Instructor with the Academy of Dramatic Combat, Stage Combat Coordinator for The National Theatre School, and a member of the Society of Canadian Fight Directors. He has over 500 professional theatre credits as a fight director including 23 seasons as the fight director for the Stratford Festival and 17 seasons with the Shaw Festival. He has worked across Canada and the U.S. with numerous companies including Soulpepper Theatre, Canadian Stage Company, the National Ballet, Mirvish Productions, Theatre Passe Muraille, Tarragon Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Factory Theatre, the National Arts Centre, Studio Arena Theatre, the Geva Theatre in Rochester, the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Los Angeles Ahmanson Theatre and the Lincoln Centre on Broadway. He has stunt performed on over 250 TV episodes and films and stunt coordinated the action sequences for more than 450 film and television episodes in Canada and abroad. As a Director, John has directed for several television series including Dark Matter, Bitten, The Bobby Buck Show, Lost Girl, XIII, The Dresden Files, Mutant X, Tracker, Earth: Final Conflict and The Adventures of Sinbad. His short films include The Hot Flash for Wishing Field Entertainment, End Game for Wake Up Fast Productions, Charon’s Obal for Right Side Up Productions and the multiple award winning film, The Waking for Boomerang Films. He has also directed the feature films Troubled Waters for Genius Productions/Peace Arch Entertainment, Cyborg Soldier for Nu Image/Peace Arch Entertainment and Good Morning Tomorrow for Southern Ice Films. Mr. Stead has taught at the National Theatre School, as well as, the Universities of Toronto, Waterloo, Humber, Saskatchewan and Wilfred Laurier. He’s been awarded an Award of Excellence (Canadian International Film Festival), a Genre Award for Best Suspense (BNFF), the Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director’s Award (Stratford Festival), the Judges Choice Award (15 Minutes of Fame International Film Festival), a Tyrone Guthrie Award (Stratford Festival), Best Short 1st Runner-Up (Ticket to Hollywood International Film and Screenplay Festival) and nominated for a Best Short Award (Directors Guild of Canada).

 

Affiliations include:DGC CAEA ACTRA ADC SCFD