The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will continue its Cultural Heritage Lecture Series with touring artist Cary Trivanovich and his presentation “The One Habit of Highly Affective Artists” on Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m., in the Norman L. Fagan West Virginia State Theater at the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston. The evening event is free and open to the public.
Trivanovich, of California, is a lecturer/speaker, theater director and performance artist, noted for his revolutionary approach to pantomime, and has been touring professionally for more than 25 years. His performances have been seen in a variety of venues including theaters, schools and colleges, theater festivals, prisons, corporate events and cruise ships. As a lecturer and motivational speaker, Trivanovich has given presentations at more than 2,500 schools, colleges and conferences throughout the United States and Canada.
Trivanovich has appeared as a guest on several television talk shows and commercials and has appeared in a principal role in the movie The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave. He has taught and directed his art as a guest for NBC Studios, the Educational Theatre Association, International Thespians, college/university theater programs, performing arts schools and state theater conferences.
“The One Habit of Highly Affective Artists” presentation combines humorous and emotive pantomime with a message. “It’s not about the effect that the arts can have, but rather the affect the arts can have on our lives; how we are affected by the arts in the deepest, most powerful way,” Trivanovich says. The theme explores how the arts can have life-changing power and significance when truth and the meaningful aspects of life are portrayed.
His presentations have garnered rave reviews. “Totally awesome! I have never seen our students so riveted. They were spellbound,” said Cyndi Thatcher, Central Regional High School in Bayville, N.J. Fred Fate, former chair of the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival, Region VIII, credits Trivanovich as “setting standards of excellence that become a measuring stick to which others strive.”
For more information about the Cultural Heritage Lecture Series, call (304) 558-0162. Next month’s program will feature Tom Vasale of Tom’s Word Horticulture Consulting in Charleston with his presentation “Inspirations: Views from Public and Private Gardens to Inspire Your Own,” on Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.