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Meet the Artist: Martino Pistone

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.

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Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet was part of SF Ballet’s 2021 Digital Season. This tragic tale of star-cross’d lovers streamed May 6–26.

Header Image: San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet // © Erik Tomasson