Troupe d'Jour Demonstration
June 7, 2006, Sydney Yarbrough, Kyle Cook, and
Jonathan Moonen presented an hour long lecture/demo for Troupe
dJour, an educational theatre company that offers
theatre-based presentations to all levels of school students.
The demo was given in conjunction with a Shakespeare acting
camp, so the focus was historical fighting during the Renaissance
period, particularly the fighting styles reflected in the
Elizabethan era. Ms. Yarbrough began by explaining how sword
use did not just jump to the rapier (made so familiar by movies),
but rather that it was a gradual process arising from the
need for a quicker and lighter weapon for urban fighting.
Emphasis was put on how the growing civilian use of swords
effected a change in fighting styles for urban defense. The
students were then shown various examples of weapons (cut
and thrust swords, bucklers, daggers, rapiers, etc.) that
would have been used at this time. Mr. Cook demonstrated stances
followed by Mr. Moonen showing several 8-cut drills. The demo
was concluded with Kyle, Sydney, and Jonathan sparring with
long-swords, cut and thrust swords, buckler, and messer.