Pretty Women

About Pretty Women

In this new production of Les Arts Scéniques two singer-actresses evoke key life experiences with traditional options of role and gender that affect a woman’s self-understanding. The first act deals with girlhood and love. The second act turns to the emotional implications of married life and motherhood. In the course of these developments the sudden, unexpected appearance of a fairy tale figure such as Cinderella or Red Riding Hood offers a surprising and illuminating insight. In dialogues interspersed with 20th century theater songs by now legendary composers of musicals that are alternately contemplative, ironic, dramatic and witty, “Pretty Women” gives a theatrical voice to the everyday life of women in our times.

The Music

The seventeen theatre songs performed in the show by renowned composers and lyricists whose collected works throughout the 20th century contributed to the evolution of the musical as a timely and nowadays internationally popular theatrical genre. The selection of songs by Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Irving berlin, Oscar Hammerstein II, John Kander & Fred Ebb and Stephen Sondheim documents essential stages in the history of the musical from 1916 (Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy) till 2005 (Benj Pasek and Justin Paul). Moreover, almost all the musical monologues or dialogues chosen for the production were themselves written specifically for female characters in a variety of everyday situations.


- Daniel Lüthi at Kulturmagazin zeitnah writes about "Pretty Women": Kritik im Kulturmagazin "zeitnah"
- The webseite reports in their Weekly Hint 104: Weekly Hint 104 on

Performance Dates

  • 19:00 4 January, 2018 Preview mini concert
  • 20:00 11 January, 2018 Theater am Käfigturm, Bern Songs in English, scenes in German
  • 20:00 12 January, 2018 Theater am Käfigturm, Bern Songs and scenes in English
  • 20:00 13 January, 2018 Theater am Käfigturm, Bern Songs in English, scenes in German
  • 20:00 18 January, 2018 Ackermannshof, Basel Songs in English, scenes in German
  • 20:00 19 January, 2018 Ackermannshof, Basel Songs and scenes in English
  • 20:00 20 January, 2018 Ackermannshof, Basel Songs and scenes in English
  • 17:00 21 January, 2018 Ackermannshof, Basel Songs in English, scenes in German

The Trailer


The Ensemble

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. At nineteen he establishes a community theater group in the low-income suburb of South Chicago where he teaches acting to children, teenagers and adults, develops a theater ensemble and directs their plays. Moving to Europe at twenty-one he begins dance training first at Vienna’s Municipal Academy of Music and the Performing Arts, and later with Mary Wigman at her studio in West Berlin. Rick is then taken on as an apprentice by renowned dance soloist, Dore Hoyer. In Berlin he stages the group movement scenes for director, Erwin Piscator at the Freie Volksbühne. 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 assists director Eugen Terttula in several productions. He also teaches directing at Helsinki’s Swedish Theater School. After joining Marcel Marceau onstage for 50 performances in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées Rick debuts his own critically acclaimed one-man-show in Paris at the Carré Thorigny Theater and takes it on tour afterwards throughout France. His important critical success at the International Theater Festival in Avignon, brings him invitations to perform his one man show on tour throughout Europe. 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 ‘80’s Cary Rick is made the first chairman of the association for dance therapy in Austria, and in 1994 founds the Institute for Movement Analysis in Switzerland for training and research. His many writings in the area of movement therapy as well as dance have appeared in several languages. Cary Rick is authorized as a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT) 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.

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