Over the last three decades in over 3,000 theatrical, educational, and entertainment venues throughout America and around the world, Cary Trivanovich has done the inconceivable: He has toured a mime performance that is not only successful, but that also deeply affects his audiences.
Through the years, emails have continually poured into his inbox:
“I can’t convey to you how deeply profound and meaningful I found your performance… you are so inspiring and incredibly moving… Thank you so much – you don’t know what you have done for me,” writes a student from Northern California.
“The depth and range of your performance touched me in a way that few plays or movies ever have. I wanted to thank you for opening my eyes to what art really is,” writes a dancer from a theatre conference in Los Angeles.
Cary contends that his success or his affect on his audiences have little to do with talent or ability, but rather with his approach to mime.
Cary Trivanovich began his artistic career ignorant of how mime was “supposed to be” performed, and began creating pantomimes following no clear discipline or tradition. He created with the audience in mind. He wanted what they see on stage to be pantomimes about themselves – to identify with them. In doing so, Cary inadvertently created and performed with the same approach that made the art loved in ancient Greece:
“When every one of the spectators identifies himself with the scene enacted, when each sees in the pantomime as in a mirror the reflection of his own conduct and feelings, then, and not till then, is his success complete. But let him reach that point, and the enthusiasm of the spectators becomes uncontrollable, every man pouring out his whole soul in admiration of the portraiture that reveals him to himself…” Lucian, second century AD
Cary Trivanovich believes that Lucian portentously illuminated on the power behind all art. Relevance, or identifying with the innermost recesses of the human soul, is a natural law in the arts. With it comes the ability of the artist to deeply touch, even change lives.
Mime like this is the hallmark of Cary Trivanovich.
(Adapted from an article on Mr. Trivanovich’s Outstanding Approach to Mime)