8:00pm - LSPU Hall

Photo by Marketa Tokova
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Photo by Marketa Tokova
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BoucharDanse Lina Cruz


BoucharDanse (Lina Cruz)

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


“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 an angle of sorrow or malheur, I was struck by the abandonment, tenderness and wellbeing that the expression of this blue lady conveyed. This choreography does not intend to portray that painting, but rather to allow me to freely dream a fantasy around my memory of the moment when I saw her and what she seemed to say...” -Lina Cruz


Choreographer: Lina Cruz

Performer: Sylvie Bouchard

Composer: Philippe Noireaut

Costume and Set Designer: Cheryl Lalonde

Lighting Designer: Gabriel Cropley

Assistant Lighting Designer: Emerson Kafarowski

Stage Manager: Cheryl Lalonde


Woman in Blue Softly Breathing is a coproduction of BoucharDanse and Fila 13 Productions.


Founded by Artistic Director Sylvie Bouchard in 2009, BoucharDanse proposes unique dance experiences that are performed both in theatre venues and in non-traditional spaces. The company is an incubator of new artistic concepts and projects at the intersection of dance and theatre, developed through dynamic collaborations. BoucharDanse presents commissioned works from an array of Canadian choreographers as well as works that are created or co-created by Bouchard.




59 Rosethorn Avenue, Toronto, ON M6N 3K7




General Manager: Marketa Tokova - marketa@bouchardanse.com






Sylvie Bouchard

Artistic Director, Performer

Sylvie Bouchard is originally from Montréal and began her training there before moving to Toronto in 1983, to study at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She subsequently joined Toronto Dance Theatre in 1985 and performed nationally and internationally with them for five years. Bouchard also performed with Fujiwara Dance Inventions, pounds per square inch, Kaeja d’Dance, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers and Dancemakers and worked for many choreographers including: Tedd Robinson, Denise Fujiwara, Susie Burpee, Roger Sinha, Peggy Baker, Serge Bennathan, Marie-Josée Chartier, Louis-Martin Charest, Gerry Trentham and Sashar Zarif. In 1993, she created Dusk Dances, a curated festival that brings dance to public parks. In 1997, Bouchard formed the company CORPUS with artistic partner David Danzon and toured nationally and internationally with the Company in theatre and outdoor venues, and in schools through Prologue for the Performing Arts. In 2008, she formed BoucharDanse, a company that serves as an umbrella for her artistic endeavors.


Lina Cruz


Montreal choreographer Lina Cruz founded her company, Fila 13 Productions, in 2003 and has presented her work in festivals and events at local, national and international levels. Cruz has a background in ballet, as well as in modern/contemporary styles and takes interest in martial arts and various forms of stage expression. She has created works for independent artists as well as companies, institutions and various schools of professional dance training. Cruz is also often involved in theatre and opera projects. She is a two-time Dora Mavor Moore Award recipient for Outstanding Original Choreography (2012 and 2017) and received a second-place award in the 1998 international choreographic competition of the St-Sauveur Arts Festival (Quebec).


Philippe Noireaut


Singer-songwriter and eclectic musician, Noireaut composes for cinema, theatre and dance. He has participated in projects with the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra and the Symphonic Orchestra of Rimouski. He has recorded numerous jazz concerts and piano recitals for radio and television (Radio Canada, Bravo, TV5) and directed several of Radio Canada’s musical galas, including an award-winning homage to Gilles Vigneault. As a singer-songwriter, he received the SOCAN Grand Prize in 1995. His song recitals and jazz concerts have toured nationally and internationally. He collaborated with singer Renée Claude on an album celebrating Léo Ferré, which won the prestigious Charles Cros Academy Award (France), 1997. He has composed the music and is part of the performing casts of several of Lina Cruz’s works. He is a 2012 Dora Mavor Moore Award recipient and a 2017 nominee (Outstanding Sound Design/Composition). Noireaut is presently working as a musical arranger and accompanist of singer-songwriter Gilles Vigneault, notorious and emblematic Quebec poet. In earlier years, in France, he worked with Claude Nougaro, Serge Reggiani and François Béranger.


Cheryl Lalonde

Costume and Set Designer and Stage Manager

Born and raised in Toronto, Cheryl Lalonde began her career in the arts with Act IV Theatre at Adelaide Court. After two years backstage at Toronto Workshop Productions her design debut was for the premiere production of Thompson Highway’s The Rez Sisters under mentor Larry Lewis (director). Splitting her time between stage management and design for more than thirty years has allowed her to travel the world as well as collaborate with many companies, including Desrosiers Dance Theatre, The Danny Grossman Dance Company, Orange Dog Theatre, Crows Theatre, Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Alberta Ballet, Theatre Smith Gilmour, Canadian Stage, CORPUS, Theatre Direct, Kaeja d’Dance, Dreamwalker Dance, BoucharDanse, Kemi Contemporary Dance Projects, and Toronto Dance Theatre.


Gabriel Cropley

Lighting Designer

Gabriel Cropley is a Toronto based lighting designer and three-time Dora Mavor Moore award nominee. Recent credits include Eating bones and Licking bread for Dancemakers, Undaunted for RAW Taiko Drummers, Congruence 2 for BoucharDanse & lbs/sq”, Million Dollar Quartet for Capitol Theatre Port Hope, Kings and Queens for Nuit Blanche/City of Toronto, and Possibilities of Dialogue for TOES for Dance. Gabriel has had the privilege of collaborating with Alias Dance Projects, Ballet Creole, Coal Mine Theatre, Expect Theatre, Bicycle Opera, Julia Sasso Dances, CanAsian Dance, Dreamwalker Dance, Angela Blumberg, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers, Avinoam Silverman Dance, Little Pear Garden Dance Company, Toronto Heritage Dance, Korean Dance Studies Society of Canada, Festival of the Sound, Newton Moraes Dance Theatre, York Dance Ensemble, Danny Grossman, Sook-Yin Lee & Jennifer Goodwin, Ontario School of Ballet, Theatre Gargantua, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Martha Hicks School of Ballet, Sampradaya Dance Creations, Hamilton Children’s Choir, Tracey Norman, Sabina Perry, Forcier StageWorks, Soulpepper Global Cabaret, Ritmo Flamenco, Teatron Theatre, JDdance, Tribal Crackling Wind, Toronto Dance Theatre, Art of Time Ensemble, and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre.


Emerson Kafarowski

Assistant Lighting Designer

Emerson Kafarowski is an emerging Lighting Designer based in Toronto, Canada. A graduate of the Ryerson School of Performance Production + Design program, she has worked on a variety of performances in theatre, dance, and live music. Emerson is grateful for the opportunities she has had to create and collaborate with some of Toronto's finest emerging artists and companies, including Venusfest, Melanie Old Dance Projects, and Fall For Dance North, as well as her more recent and upcoming work with Citadel + Compagnie and BoucharDanse. In 2020, Emerson was awarded a grant from Ryerson University to build a prototype for her project, EMRSN x EOS: An open-source, portable lighting programming wing designed with the budget of the emerging artist or company in mind, as well as to support non-traditional or site-specific performance spaces.