|Country and Region||United States — New York|
|Type of Festival||Drama|
|Location of Festival||Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Festival Contact Information|
The Brick Theater, Inc.
FIGHT FEST is a theater festival dedicated to showcasing the art of Stage Combat, curated by Timothy Haskell (creator of Road House, the stage version of the cinema classic, Nightmare, the haunted house sensation, and The Jaded Assassin; Abby Marcus and Qui Nguyen of Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company (Fight Girl Battle World and Soul Samurai), and the staff of The Brick (creators of The Kung Fu Importance of Being Earnest and Macbeth Without Words).
Stage combat is one of the unsung arts of the theater. While martial arts have taken the film world by storm in recent years, fight direction on the stage remains less celebrated. The Brick Theater Inc. will continue the “fight” to change that in December 2009 with FIGHT FEST—a 3-week theater festival of fight choreography. Famed fight companies and artists will present work for the first time ever under one roof. From Rapier, to Chainsaw, Martial Arts, Trash Cans, Pirate Skirmish, Firearms, Aerobics-based Catfights, Cartoon Violence, Simian Combat and everything in between…all forms of stage battle will be represented. If successful, we hope to return the festival each year. As The NY Clown Theater Festival at The Brick has become the international destination for Clown Theatre arts every Fall, so FIGHT FEST promises to become the primary destination for stage combat arts around the world. If you have never seen a Fight Play, think of it as a musical in which characters break into fights, rather than songs.
|Festival Dates||January 1 - 22, 2011|
THE BRICK was founded in 2002 by Robert Honeywell and Michael Gardner. Formerly an auto-body shop, a yoga center, and various storage spaces, this brick-walled garage in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, was completely refurbished as a state-of-the-art performance space. Since then, The Brick has launched, produced and presented hundreds of world-premiere stage works from New York emerging artists and theater-makers from around the globe. The theater company is a proud member of New York’s burgeoning Indie Theater community and informal home to an ever-expanding family of artists and avid theatergoers. Winner of the New York Innovative Theater Awards Caffé Cino Fellowship Award 2009.
- The Brick Theater
575 Metropolitan Avenue (between Union and Lorimer)
Brooklyn, New York, 11211 USA