Blue Butterfly : theater and science reunited to thrill you !

In addition to her scientific work at the CIG and DEE, Adria Le Boeuf is also the artistic director of a science-theater company called The Catalyst ( based here in Lausanne. Together with a team of theater professionals, they have devised a new theater play called Blue Butterfly, dealing with variety of concepts in biology (parasitism, cancer, and maternal fetal immune tolerance) through a powerful human story. This project has been funded by a Swiss National Science Foundation Agora Grant, and their team members are from UNIL, EPFL, UniGe, ECAL, HETSR and beyond. 

The piece will be in English, avec surtitres en français, and will be played in both Geneva and Lausanne.

If you wish to attend to this amazing piece, do not hesitate to get your tickets on:


A boundary-crossing fusion of science and performance created by The Catalyst Theater—Swiss National Science Foundation “Agora” award winners—in collaboration with renowned British playwright Richard Crane and award-winning director Ailin Conant of Théâtre Témoin.

“I’ve never seen an art piece created by so many PhDs”

– Katt Cullen, World Radio Switzerland

Théâtre Pitoëff, Genève : 29 April – 1 May, 20h | 2 May, 17h

Théâtre La Grange de Dorigny, Université de Lausanne : 8 – 9 May, 20h | 10 May, 19h

Fiercely intelligent writing combines with physical theatre and projection technology in this world premiere of BLUE BUTTERFLY—a new play created by a team of expert scientists, cutting-edge technologists, and award-winning theatre artists—to take audiences on both an intellectual and emotional ride. BLUE BUTTERFLY is the story of a young family grappling with demanding careers, an abnormal child, and fundamental forces of nature. Natalie and Simon are struggling scientists who have turned to TEDx talks and TV to thrust their research into the spotlight, while their brilliant but dangerous seven-year-old daughter gravitates towards her grandmother’s mystical beliefs. Their research into cancer, parasitism, and maternal-fetal immunology echoes the complex dynamics of a family blind to their own dysfunction. When life spirals into crisis, we must ask ourselves: what do we want to believe?