- City Centre
- International performance
After opening in Shanghai, “Mrs. Picasso” travels to Amsterdam on her onward journey as a backpack theatre.
‘Mrs. Picasso’ is a unique solo performance about the struggle between art and love, heard through the stories of two of Pablo Picasso’s women. There is Olga Khokhlova, the woman Picasso never divorced, and Françoise Gilot, the only woman who dared to leave him. Both ladies are vividly portrayed by Carlijn in a captivating performance in which she explores the boundaries between love and art, between madness and sanity and between leaving and staying. The third woman is Carlijn herself, who breaks through the conventions of theater in a gutsy yet playful way. As writer and director Harry Piekema says, ‘Carlijn could have easily been Picasso’s muse’. The idea for this play was born out of the desire to travel the world with just a backpack and being able to perform everywhere. The result is the truest form of ‘theatre in a backpack’; with only 2 outfits and a beamer, Carlijn can perform literally everywhere.
An intimate and personal performance where Carlijn seduces you to step into her micro cosmos and the world of Picasso’s women.
When art and love start to battle, nobody is safe.
Time Out Shanghai:
“It isn’t difficult for the audience to be captivated from the minute Ramshorst enters the stage and stay engaged with the emotional turmoil of the tale of two women in Picasso’s life. Ramshorst’s acting truly captures the essence of Khokhlova. It’s intense and heartbreaking, truly enjoyable to watch.”
About the artists
Carlijn van RamshorstActress, producer & idea
Harry PiekemaDirector & script