Woman in Blue Softly Breathing is part of a commissioning project that is comprised of solos and duos of 30 minutes each – intimate encounters created by choreographers with whom Sylvie Bouchard wants to journey with creatively, exploring new territories and enabling all collaborators to discover together.

A mysterious creature dwelling in a woman’s moment in time…

Lina Cruz on the piece:
This solo is partly inspired by Picasso’s painting La buveuse assoupie (meaning something like: the mellowed down drinker, but its given English title is: The Absinthe Drinker). In 1994, I had the wondrous opportunity of visiting the Paul Klee Museum in Bern, Switzerland. That in itself was quite a treat, but what I was not expecting was to find myself in front of a Picasso… blue period… Yes, there she was this woman in blue, magnificent, and I was immensely moved… Even though the theme of the painting hints at angle of sorrow or malheur, I was struck by the abandonment, tenderness and well-being that the expression of this blue lady conveyed. This choreography does not intend to portray that painting, but rather it allows me to freely elaborate a fantasy around my memory of the moment when I saw her and what she seemed to say.


    • Choreographer: Lina Cruz
    • Performer: Sylvie Bouchard
    • Composer: Philippe Noireaut
    • Costume and Set Design: Cheryl Lalonde
    • Lighting Design: Gabriel Cropley

A coproduction of BoucharDanse and Fila 13 Productions