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.

This production was part of the 2023 Season

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