Cary Rick


Cary Rick


Cary Rick beginnt seine professionelle Bühnenlaufbahn als jugendlicher Schauspieler am Drury Lane Theater in seiner Heimatstadt Chicago. Später gründet er für den Chicago Park District im Armenviertel South Chicago ein Community Theater, wo er Kinder, Jugendliche und Erwachsene unterrichtet sowie ein Schauspielensemble zusammenstellt und erfolgreich Regie führt. Mit 21 Jahren übersiedelt er nach Europa um an der Akademie für Kunst und Darstellende Künste der Stadt Wien sowie bei Professor Mary Wigman in Berlin Tanz zu studieren. Danach wird er Privatschüler der Tanzkünstlerin Dore Hoyer.

Er choreographiert für Regisseur Erwin Piscator in Berlin und Eugen Terttula In Helsinki. In Finnland feiert Rick erste Erfolge mit seiner One-Man-Show. Für das Goethe-Institut tourt er im ganzen Land. Er trainiert die Tänzer und Schauspieler am Stadttheater Helsinki und unterrichtet Schauspiel und Regie an der Schwedischen Theaterschule. Nach 50 Aufführungen mit Marcel Marceau im Pariser Théâtre des Champs Elysées führt er allabendlich im Théâtre Carré Thorigny in Paris seine eigene One-Man-Show auf. Es folgen Gastspiele in ganz Frankreich u.a. im Hauptprogramm der Theaterfestspiele in Avignon.

Seine theaterpädagogischen Tätigkeiten beinhalten eine Gastprofessur am Institut für Theaterwissenschaft der Universität Giessen, seine Lehrtätigkeit als Artist in Residence an der Universität von Wisconsin in Milwaukee, sowie an den Universitäten von München und Frankfurt. Nach einem Gastauftritt im Rahmen eines Goethe-Institut-Gastspiels 1983 in Rom beendet Cary Rick aufgrund einer Erkrankung der Wirbelsäule seine Bühnenlaufbahn und wendet sich verstärkt der tanztherapeutischen Tätigkeit zu.

Ende der 80er-Jahre wird er erster Vorsitzender der Gesellschaft für Tanztherapie in Österreich (GTTÖ). 1994 gründet er in der Schweiz das Institut für Bewegungsanalyse (IBA) für Ausbildung und Forschung. Seine Publikationen in den Bereichen Tanz- und Theaterwissenschaften sowie der Bewegungstherapie wurden in mehrere Sprachen übersetzt. Cary Rick ist als Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT) der American Dance/Movement Therapy Association (ADTA) anerkannt. Im Rahmen einer Gastdozentur für Performing Arts (Schauspiel, Tanz, Choreographie) an der Swiss Musical Academy in Bern lernt er seine zukünftige Ehefrau Martina kennen. Zusammen gründen sie Les Arts Scéniques.

Critical Voices

  • Helsingen Sanomat, Helsinki
    “His solo evening was an extraordinary success. In the full house the wild applause grew to stamping and cheering, and this recognition was truly deserved….Cary Rick is an entirely individual, unique artist, and his performance is endowed with an almost pious conviction – a directly ascetic form of expression…..Cary Rick has the great gift of creating an atmospheric concentration around his thiin, lonely and supple figure.”
    Helsingen Sanomat, Helsinki
  • Dance News, New York
    “After his solo recital, Cary Rick was given a standing ovation from over 200 people who acknowledged him as a significant figure in the dance world today..”
    Dance News, New York
  • Hufvudstadtsbladet, Helsinki
    “….One would like to use the words, “incredibly beautiful” about everything in Cary Rick’s performance…..He proves that one man alone, on a big stage, can offer the audience an unforgettable experience.”
    Hufvudstadtsbladet, Helsinki
  • Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm
    “A great dance and mime artist is now performing at the Klara Theater….It is seldom that one sees someone so especially well-equipped that he is able to unite both these art forms in a captivating constellation….Although technically expert Rick never uses tricks or effects to play on a commercial set of values…..He is earnest and one never doubts the purity of his intention….The audience, somewhat disoriented at the outset, was overwhelmed by the close of the performance.”
    Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm
  • Nieuwsblad Utrecht
    “A spellbound and attentive audience was extremely thankful for the rare, intimate, sensitive and refined performance of this great and delicate artist.”
    Nieuwsblad Utrecht
  • La Marseillaise, Provence
    “Cary Rick, A Rare Perfection With a minimum of gestures he offers a maximum of expression….His sense of the curve and the ellipse enable him to become one with the figure he portray. The care and the preparation, the detailed precision, the absolute control of space and the duration of movement and silence are carried here to their extreme limits. It seems to me that no one has ever gone this far before in the application of gesture on the stage….There is a dimension here, a breath, that attains a supreme aestheticism, It is literally fabulous.”
    La Marseillaise, Provence
  • Jean-Louis Barrault
    “The personality of Cary Rick is singularly touching. Few movement artists inhabit their instrument to such a degree. An aura of silence eminates from his body that is astonishing….He is the solitary officiant of his own ceremony. He possesses a sense of ritual. The manner in which he employs a costume or a prop, the inherent simplicity of his comportment, the earnest joy with which he approaches each moment of performing,. All this communicates a feeling of interest for all things that are a part of life, whether these be the trials , sorrow, joy or humor. Regarding his technique, it is truly remarkable. This originates undoubtedly in his education as a dancer, but an education he has understood to assimilate, a dance not confined to the level of limb movements alone, but which he has allowed to impregnate the very marrow of his spine. Thanks to this physical science, thanks to his magnetic power and the causticity of his spirit, and thanks finally to a particular inner lucidity, Cary Rick is an exceptional artist, a poet of the human body and space.”
    Jean-Louis Barrault
  • Marcel Marceau
    “Cary Rick is a noble and mystical dance artist of extreme sensitivity, and he communicates his inner fire with a devotion and lyricism that will purify your soul. His danced and dramatic themes are most often inspired by the bible, and the vision that inhabit the soul of this tormented poet are incandescent. Dancer, actor and mime, he is all of these at the same time and, moreover, he is at moments the theatre in its totality. Tall, pale Pierrot, he might have sprung from a canvas of El Greco. His body sculpts space, and his powerful plasticity designs and mimes gestures of such emotional force that they resound and vibrate deeply in the viewer. This hieratic communication, this uncompromising participation, this quiet determination, the choice of gestures – he alone is the only person capable of communicating them.”
    Marcel Marceau
  • Le Monde, Paris
    "A very long silhouette, flexible almost to the infinite, a thin face with a sad smile, in the eyes a look of somber passion….One would not be able to create more emotion through the art of silence.”
    Le Monde, Paris