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Woman in Blue Softly Breathing by Lina Cruz, photo by John Lauener

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.”

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


Choreography: Lina Cruz

Performer: Sylvie Bouchard

Music Composition: Philippe Noireaut

Costume and Set Design: Cheryl Lalonde

Lighting Design: Gabriel Cropley


The creation of Woman in Blue Softly Breathing was co-produced by BoucharDanse and Fila 13, and supported by the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec.


Woman in Blue Softly Breathing can be performed in theatres, art galeries and museums


October 10, 2019

Winchester Street Theatre

Toronto, Ontario



October 8, 2021

Festival of New Dance 

St. John's, Newfoundland


30 minutes

PHOTO 15_Woman in Blue Softly Breathing_10_created by Lina Cruz and performed by Sylvie Bo
PHOTO 14_Woman in Blue Softly Breathing_6_created by Lina Cruz and performed by Sylvie Bou

woman in blue softly breathing

photos by John Lauener

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