The stage director and actress Louise Moaty was enraptured by Baroque performance and gesticulation at the age of fourteen owing to encountering Eugene Green’s creations.
She has devoted to interpretation of Baroque works both as an actress and stage director. With the ensemble Poeme Harmonique she performs as Lucile in Moliere’s comedy Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, which the Prague audience had the opportunity to see in March 2006 at the Estates Theatre. Since that time she has worked as assistant to this production’s stage director, Benjamin Lazar, on the operas Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (Nouveaux Caracteres, 2006), Stefan Landi: Il Sant’Alessio (Les Arts Florissants, 2007) and Jean-Baptiste Lully: Cadmus et Hermione (Poeme Harmonique, 2008), as well as the production of L'Autre Monde ou les Etats et empires de la Lune, based on Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, for the Ruedutheatre (2008). Their most recent project is the production Comment Wang-Fô fut sauvé – according to Marguerite Yourcenar’s book and to Alain Berlaud’s music – staged in France in the autumn of 2008, on which they collaborated with the French ensemble Habanera Quatuor de saxophones.
With her ensemble Compagnie Youkali, Louise Moaty has staged the Métamorphoses project and her adaptation of Louise du Néant. With Les Lunaisiens, an ensemble specialising in Baroque music, she has staged Concert Optique, comprising French cantatas and laterna magica with Emmanuelle Messika’s pictures; with the accompaniment of the harpsichordist Bertrand Cuiller she reads Guilleragues’s Lettres Portugaises, etc.
The most noteworthy of her recent projects include her participation in the production Lalala, opera en chansons with the ensemble Cris de Paris (stage director: Benjamin Lazar), performing in Racine’s drama Athalie (stage director: Alexandra Rübner), in the productions Pierrot Cadmus (stage director: Nicolas Vial), De l’autre côté du flot (author and stage director: Perrine Mornay), as well as Benda’s opera Ariadne auf Naxos, in which she began collaborating with Collegium 1704 and the conductor Václav Luks.
Update: January 2009