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

Performance history

The production of Woman in Blue Softly Breathing was generously supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

  • premiered at the Winchester Street Theatre (Toronto Ontario), October 10-12, 2019