French actress Isabelle Huppert appears as Aphrodite, Phaedra, and Elizabeth Costello in Phaedra(s) presented as part of the 2016 BAM Next Wave Festival. Her theatrical career began at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in de Musset’s On ne badine pas avec l’amour, directed by Caroline Huppert. Bernard Murat directed her in Turgenev’s A Month in the Country; Claude Regy in Claudel’s Jeanne au bûcher and in Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis. In 1996, Isabelle Huppert played the title role in Schiller’s Mary Stuart at the National Theatre in London. More recently, she appeared in Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage, directed by the author in Paris; in Genet’s The Maids with Cate Blanchett, directed by Benedict Andrews for Sydney Theatre Company; and in Cour d’honneur by Jérome Bel at the Avignon Festival. In 2014 and 2015, she appeared in Marivaux’s Les Fausses confidences, directed by Luc Bondy at the Odeon-Théâtre de l’Europe.
The Odéon is the stage she has appeared on most frequently, having performed there in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure directed by Peter Zadek, in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando directed by Robert Wilson, in Euripides’s Medea directed by Jacques Lassalle, in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler directed by Eric Lacascade, and in Heiner Müller’s Quartett. In 2009 Krzysztof Warlikowski directed her in Un Tramway from Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, which was revived in 2011 before touring France and abroad.
On film, the many directors she has worked with include Michael Cimino (Heaven’s Gate), Otto Preminger, Joseph Losey, Marco Ferreri, Claude Goretta (The Lacemaker); Michael Haneke (The Pianist and Le Temps des Loups), Claude Chabrol (Violette Nozière, La Cérémonie, Madame Bovary, Une Affaire de Femmes, Merci pour le chocolat), Mauro Bolognini, Andrzej Wajda, Werner Schroeter, the Taviani brothers, Raoul Ruiz, David Russel, Rithy Panh, Joachim Trier (Louder than Bombs), Paul Verhoeven (Elle), Mia Hansen-Love (L’Avenir), and Pascal Bonitzer (Tout de suite maintenant).