Cary Rick


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 for director, Eugen Terttula. Following the debut of his own solo dance performance in Helsinki, he tours his one-man-show throughout Finland under the auspices of the Goethe Institute, directs movement for several productions at Helsinki’s Municipal Theater, where he simultaneously trains the actors and the dance ensemble, and teaches directing at Helsinki’s Swedish Theater School. After 50 performances in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées with Marcel Marceau Cary Rick performs his own critically acclaimed one-man-show in Paris at the Carré Thorigny Theater and afterwards goes on tour throughout France.

As a result of his critical success at the International Theater Festival in Avignon, he performs on tour throughout Europe. Cary Rick has taught and lectured as artist-in-residence in the theater and dance divisions of the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, the dance and drama departments of universities in Munich and Frankfurt, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Giessen’s division of applied theater sciences. Cary Rick terminates his performing career after a guest performance for the Goethe Institute 1983 in Rome on account of a spine injury and works more and more as a dance therapist.

At the end of the eighties he’s made the first chairman of the association for dance therapy in Austria. 1994 he establishes the Institute for Movement Analysis in Switzerland for training and research. His many publications in the area of dance and theater science as well as movement therapy have been translated into several languages. Cary Rick is recognized as a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist of the American Dance/Movement Therapy Association (ADTA). During a teaching stint at the Swiss Musical Academy in Bern, Cary Rick meets his future wife, Martina. Together they found Les Arts Scéniques.

Critical Voices

  • 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