• Theater

  • Video


By Simon Senn


  • French
  • 60 minutes

An artist buys a digital replica of a woman’s body and then contacts the woman herself. Then comes a third body. This play questions the difference between reality and virtuality.

Visual and video artist from Geneva, Simon Senn, buys the digital version of a woman’s body online and then embarks on a mission to get to know the woman whose body he’ll inhabit even when she dies, thanks to virtual reality. This artist takes to the stage in Be Arielle F to share his strange experience.

The show is broadcast live from the Vidy-Lausanne Theater in Switzerland. There’s a simultaneous interactive question session at the end of the program for both audiences (the live audience and those watching remotely).

Cast and crew

Concept and staging: Simon Senn | Producer: Anne-Christine Liske | With: Simon Senn and Arielle F | Produced by: the Simon Senn Company | Coproduced by: the Vidy-Lausanne Theater, Le Grütli Center for the Production and Distribution of the Performing Arts and the Théâtre du Loup | Broadcast and tour: the Vidy-Lausanne Theater.

©Mathilda Olmi

Simon Senn


A visual artist

Born in 1986 and living in Geneva, he studied fine arts at the Geneva University of Art and Design and then for a Masters at Goldsmiths College in London. His work unrestrictedly engages the audience socially and reports on injustice, although this covers up a more ambiguous standpoint that explores paradoxes instead of clearly directed critiques. Although his videos or installations are normally based on certain realities, they’re sometimes based on fiction. Be Arielle F is his first theatrical piece, winner of the second Performing Arts Incentive award in 2019. During the Covid crisis, a live version of this show was broadcast and an adapted version created with the Vidy-Lausanne Theater.

“Simon Senn doesn’t shy away from the existential, legal and psycho-analytical questions that are part of his experience. He even insinuates to the audience that his points of reference also go through a transmutation”.

Tribune de Genève

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