His rich works as a director are well known throughout Europe, especially for their aesthetic innovations. His visual style was characterized by its mystery, its magical elements and strong expressive power, connecting corporal sensuality to archaic dimensions of acting. Influenced by Bertolt Brecht and Antonin Artaud, just like his colleagues Bernard Sobel, Ariane Mnouchkine, Roger Planchon and Giorgio Strehler, Chéreau left a decisive mark in contemporary theatre work.
According to Chéreau, cinema and theatre share the same notion of space and time: on screen, scenes become sequences. In his opinion, though, his cinematographic works reflect his pictorial childhood memories and tormented soul better than theatre.
Patrice Chéreau passed away in Paris, on 7 October 2013.