About Us

Les Arts Scéniques
Founded in 2012 by husband and wife team Cary & Martina Rick Les Arts Scéniques, a non-profit organization, has pursued the following goals:
- Create a professional ensemble and perform own productions.
- Train and promote new talents.
- Offer acting courses for interested amateurs of all ages.

Up until now Les Arts Scéniques has realized and performed two productions on tour and is currently preparing three new ones. Numerous courses have been held and the professional training program is going to begin its third year in 2018. A new important addition is our children’s company Les Arts Scéniques Junior.

Having started out in rented rehearsal rooms at various places Les Arts Scéniques moved to a first small space of it’s own at Pfirtergasse 1 in 2013. Craving more room and a better location we were able to move to our current location at Hochstrasse 80 not far from the central train station in Basel where we both teach and rehearse.

Martina Rick

Martina Rick was born in Basel. Already as a ten-year-old she writes, directs and performs her own plays, learns to play the accordion, piano, violin, piccolo flute and guitar, performs as a clown and an acrobat in a children’s circus. Following the Matura she attends the Jazz School in Basel for a semester, takes voice lessons from Kathleen Michaels, continues singing studies in San Francisco and trains as a musical theater performer at the Swiss Musical Academy in Bern. She completes the three-year training course at the Complete Vocal Institute in Copenhagen and graduates 2017 as an Authorised CVT Teacher. Since 2014 Martina teaches solo voice at her own studio, Songwork. Click Here To Read More...

Cary Rick

Cary Rick takes his first steps on a professional stage at the age of fifteen at Drury Lane Theater in his hometown of Chicago. He establishes a community theater group in the low-income suburb of South Chicago where he teaches acting to children, teenagers and adults, establishes a theater ensemble and directs their plays. At twenty-one he moves to Europe and begins training as a dance soloist at Vienna’s Municipal Academy of Music and the Performing Arts, and with Mary Wigman at her studio in West Berlin. Rick is finally taken on as an apprentice by renowned dance soloist, Dore Hoyer. In Berlin he stages the group movement scenes for director, Erwin Piscator and in Helsinki Click Here To Read More...

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Past Productions