Monday, January 3, 2011

Get To Know Your Fighters - Kevin Robinson

For your edification we present to you "Get To Know Your Fighters" where you . . . get to know the fighters . . . from DUEL OF AGES. Because, as we all know, knowledge is power. As is the ability to kick ass.

Kevin Robinson
Fight Direction: Le Coup, Le Duel Des Mignons
Roles in DUEL OF AGES: Herald (Le Coup), Gentleman (La Maupin), David Tutt (The Pen and the Gun), Crazy Ninja Death Squad (One)

How long have you been fighting. Uh . . . the fake kind of fighting?
Since uh, math says 12 years.

What got you interested in Stage Combat?
I had an unarmed class in theatre school taught by Daniel Levinson. I fell in love with stage combat there and went for my Basic Certification with FDC that year. I love the art of physically telling the story through combat. It's your character at their rawest and most truthful point. Nothing shows the character of a person like a life and death situation, and you don't get any more life and death than in the middle of a fight.

Tell us about a memorable fight moment you've had.
Doing Duel of Ages in 2007 and part way through La Maupin the music cut out. The entire piece is timed to the music, so losing the tunes was quite harrowing. We kept going though in the silence and the fighters and dancers kept the timing and finished the scene. The audience went nuts, they knew there was a problem and got to see on the fly problem solving live. That's why live theatre is still around. It's awesome to watch people doing something amazing in front of your eyes. It's even more amazing being a part of it!

Favourite weapon (and why):
Favorite weapon is whatever is in my hand at the time. Each weapon solves a different kind of problem and they all have their advantages and cool factor.

Favourite Fight film/play:
How do you choose just one? I love Macbeth, Zastrozzi, Dangerous Liasons, Rob Roy, Princess Bride, Kill Zone. I love aspects of too many films to pick any single favorite.

Favourite famous fighter:
Donnie Yen. He's so fast and precise in his actions and he's a good actor as well.

Role you wish you could have played:
I would have loved to play Boromir in the Lord of the Rings movies. I still have my goal to play Macbeth some day.

Favourite drink that audience members should buy you after witnessing your awesome in Duel of Ages:
Scotch. Neat. Caol Ila is my favorite. Rum and coke is nice too. Or a Dark and Stormy.

Anything else you'd like to plug:
Check out our films on with Riot A.C.T. on youtube. Subscribe to the riotactaction channel. If you like what you see on stage and want to learn to do it yourself, come take some classes at Rapier Wit. Also check out The Mill at the Tankhouse theatre; creepy ghost girls, good story, and we decapitate someone onstage with a giant saw. Also follow me on twitter @kevinfightguy for more info!

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