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The Paddy Crean International Workshop 2018

The Road Ahead

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Program Information


Hosted by the International Order of the Sword and the Pen (IOSP), this program will explore techniques, processes, theories, and practices as applied to combat for stage, screen, and the martial arts (contemporary and historical). The Paddy Crean International Workshop is IOSP’s flagship event, held every two years, where people from around the world gather to share ideas and learn from local and international communities in the spirit of open-mindedness, magnanimity, and curiosity. This year marks the workshop’s 20th year at Banff Centre.

This workshop’s theme, The Road Ahead, is about looking forward. During the 2016 workshop we reflected on the mentors who helped us build this art form. As we turn to the future, this year we will focus on gender equality and cultural diversity in our industry. This workshop will ask: “Where is this organization and art form going?” We invite you to experience discussions, stage combat, live action, and historical martial arts through this lens as we shape our next steps.

What does the program offer?

Learn from faculty in the following areas of combative and movement arts:

1.    Stage combat and fight direction for live performance
2.    Stunts, combat action, and fights for recorded performance (including motion capture)
3.    HEMA and Western martial arts
4.    Modern martial arts (e.g. but not limited to tactical combat and Eastern martial arts)
5.    Voice and movement for performance (e.g. but not limited to intimacy direction, laban, and biomechanics)

Faculty will share their views on where their discipline is heading, as well as ideas, techniques, and concepts in their respective art form.

Who is it for?

Anyone who has at least a passing interest in physical action on film or stage is welcome to apply. The program is designed for beginners and experts to work in tandem, resulting in a mutually beneficial learning experience. 

This workshop is ideal for people of any skill level who are interested in acting, directing, performing stunts, stage combat, practical application of combat techniques, historical and modern martial arts, and any kind of physical theatre.

What's Included

Single or Shared RoomRead MoreClose

When applying, choose between staying in a single or a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

Full Flex Meal PlanRead MoreClose

Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Full Flex meal plan includes $38 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Workshop fee (single room)
$1 923.70
Workshop fee (shared room)
$1 715.62
Workshop only fee
$1 176.50

Registration fee: $35

The registration fee and a non-refundable deposit of $200 CDN are payable when you register to secure your place in the workshop.

Workshop Fee Payment Deadline and Cancellation Policy

You must pay the full workshop fee by one month before the start of the program. Banff Centre reserves the right to cancel your place if full payment has not been received by the deadline.

If a participant cancels after paying the full workshop fee, the following cancellation policy will be followed:

•    Before December 15, 2018: Registration fee, deposit, and 50% of workshop fee  is retained.
•    December 16, 2018 or later: Registration fee, deposit, and 100% of workshop fee  is retained.

How to Apply

It is important to be aware of all steps included in submitting your application.
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