About Pretty Women
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Martina Rick was born in Basel. Already as a ten-year-old she writes, directs and performs her own plays, learns to play several instruments and 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. 2017 she graduates as an Authorised CVT Teacher from the Complete Vocal Institute in Copenhagen. Since 2014 Martina teaches solo voice at her own studio, Songwork. In 2012 she founds Les Arts Scéniques with her husband, Cary Rick in order to produce their own plays, teach acting to people of all age groups and encourage theatrical talents. She acts in their first production - “Relatively Speaking” - and works as a producer for the second one, “Two Times Chekhov”. Martina’s especially interested in the musical in its capacity to integrate different performing skills.
Madeline Del Real
Born in California Madeline Del Real moves with her family to Switzerland at an early age. She studies theater and film in London and New York where she finishes her training in 2009 at the American Music and Dramatic Academy. Her career as an actress includes performances in a variety of plays, from classical plays such as Shakespeare to the works of modern authors, as well as original works or improvised pieces. In 2012 she becomes a member of Annie Ward’s Complete Theatre Company und takes part in master classes at the Pearl Theatre Conservatory, the London Academy of Theatre and Music and the Guilford School of Acting. Madeline has a particular interest in working with artist of other disciplines. In 2014 she founds the Ensemble Vox Fabulae with three international artists. They develop pieces that combine contemporary music and theater. In 2014/2015 the ensemble tours its program in Basel and Dornach. Apart from her own projects, Madeline works as a speaker and acts in various ensembles.
Brigitte Subkov was born in St. Petersburg and moves to Germany in 1995. At the age of 13 she wins the national German competetion, „Jugend musiziert“. Numerous successses in competitions and master classes bring her to London where she receives a bachelor’s degree in music at the Royal College of Music. While studying under Prof. Andrew Zolinsky and Prof. Nigel Clayton she plays for well-known artists such as Stephen Hough and Vanessa Latarche. In 2013 she begins working on scholarship with Swiss Prof. Adrian Oetiker at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel. She plays for prominent pianists such as Pavaali Jumpanen, Ulrich Koella und Homero Francesch and enthuses listeners playing Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt in her own solo concerts. Brigitte gives master classes for young pianists. In 2015 she returns to the Royal College of Music to pursue a Master In Performance degree with an emphasis on contemporary music. She now performs as an international soloist and chamber musician. The Kathleen Trust in London supports Brigitte’s work.
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.