Meet the Artist: Martino Pistone
On Sword Fighting, Fencing, and Performing in Romeo & Juliet
Fight Director Martino (Marty) Pistone describes the creation of the sword fights and other stage combat in Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo and Juliet. He discusses the styles of fencing and the weapons used, as well as the process of teaching dancers the fight choreography. He also discusses working with the dancers for the crowd scenes during the fights, and his performing role as the Prince of Verona.
Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet is part of SF Ballet’s 2023 Repertory Season. It will be performed in Program 7, from Apr 21–Apr 30, 2023.
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Header Image: San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet // © Erik Tomasson