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Alain Maratrat (Production)

After finishing his training at INSAS (Institut National des Arts du Spectacle) in Brussels, Alain Maratrat performed his first role in 1974 in Molière´s Dom Juan, directed by Bernard Sobel. The same year he joined Peter Brook´s company and performed in almost all of the Centre International´s productions – Carmen in 1980, where he was also acting coach for the singers, Mahabharata in 1984, where he coached the company in martial arts, and Shakespeare´s The Tempest in 1987. In 2004, he played Trigorin in Chekhov´s The Seagull at the Vidy in Lausanne. In 2003-2004, Maratrat presented a jubilee show written by Jean Claude Carrière with his graduating class from INSAS in Geneva and Paris.
At this time, Maratrat acted in a number of television productions, among them Victor ou les enfants au pouvoir by Vitrac, L´histoire du soldat by Stravinsky and Guerre blanche directed by Philippe Lefèvre.
In cinema, he has appeared in La petite bande by Michel Deville, Golem by Amos Gitai (1990) and Lucie Aubrac by Claude Berry. In 1997, he spent some months in the Himalayas in Nepal, preparing a group of Tibetan actors for the film L´enfance d´un chef by Eric Vali. In 2003, he performed the role of Vlamminck in the full-length movie L´enquête corse, directed by Alain Berberian.

Alain Maratrat is also a theatre and opera director.
In opera, he began his career with Love for Three Oranges by Prokofiev (Lyon, 1981; San Francisco, 1995; Ravenne, 1998). Since then, he has directed a number of acclaimed productions including: L´étoile by Chabrier (Edinburgh Festival, 1982); Les voyages de Monsieur Broucek, conducted by Gilbert Amy (Lyon, 1982); Les brigands by Jacques Offenbach, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Saint Etienne, 1987); Passeport musical pour Paris with Mstislav Rostropovich, for which he was the librettist (Festival d´Evian and New York, 1991; St Petersburg, 1993); Les trois souhaits by Martinů, conducted by Kent Nagano (Lyon, 1990); the creation of Zarzuela, Historia de un Patio (Vienna Festival and Festival d´Avignon, 1992; Ile de France, 1994; Lille, 1996); and Falstaff by Salieri, conducted by Jean-Claude Malgoire at the Théâtre de l´Idéal (Tourcoing, 1996; Rennes, Orleans, Clermont-Ferrand, 2002); he also directed and adapted the libretto for the French creation of Harry Janos by Kodaly (Strasbourg, 1998).
In February-June 2005 he directed Il viaggio a Reims by Rossini at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg with Valery Gergiev, and at the Châtelet in Paris in December 2005. This last production won two Golden Masks for best opera and best director, the highest Russian theatre award, and a Golden Sofit for best opera in St Petersburg.
Maratrat has had an active career in theatre direction since 1991. Among his most important productions are Liliom by Ferenc Molnar (1991), Staline by Gaston Salvatore (1994), Rencontres (1995) after a year-long collective workshop, The Impresario from Smyrna and The Dance Lesson by Goldoni with young actors and dancers from the Rosella Hightower School of Dance (Cannes, 1996), The Conference of Birds with the Theatre Kismett and a group of international actors (Bari, Italy, 1998), Romeo was a Shoeshiner with social centres in the slums of Pretoria, South Africa, (1999), A Midsummer Night´s Dream with SPAD students at the Vidy (Lausanne, 2003), the adaptation and direction of a version of The Three Sisters by Chekhov for three actresses (Italy, 2004), adaptation and direction of Peer Gynt by Ibsen (Geneva and Lausanne, 2004), adaptation and direction of The Dispute by Marivaux at the Vidy (Lausanne, then touring to Geneva, Zurich, Basel and other parts of Switzerland, 2005) and adaptation and direction of Twelfth Night by Shakespeare in Berlin (2006).

Alain Maratrat has also distinguished himself in theatre as an acting coach, applying his knowledge of martial arts to develop actors´ sensitivity. He has used this method at the International Theatre Festival in Sao Paolo, Brazil (1993), the Fomenko Theatre (Moscow, 1994), with dancers, actors and singers of traditional Balinese theatre (Bali, Java, 2000) and on several other occasions with professionals, amateurs and young people on the streets in France, the UK, the United States and Italy. Since 1999 he has directed improvisation workshops for the Paris Conservatoire.

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