What is it ?

Palimpsest is a choreographic project in the form of an application for your smartphone.

Palimpsest, a guided tour composed of a collection of localised audio capsules.

Palimpsest, a choreographic description of the history of different sites.

Palimpsest, rediscover a living and poetic past.

How it works

  1. You need your smartphone (iOS or Android) and a set of headphones or earbuds.
  2. Go to palimpsest-app.ch and download the application.

  3. The application will ask you to authorize it to access your location. Answer “yes” in order for the application to run properly.
  4. Choose your itinerary. Once the audiofiles have been downloaded you will no longer need an Internet connection.

The exploration begins. Go to the different points of interest indicated on the map. The sound files will only be available at the indicated spots!


  • Starts the program
  • To discover the history of the selected point of interest
  • Point of interest. Go there to discover the story is has to share.
  • That’s you!

Download the app

  • Google Play Android
  • App Store iOS


Palimpsest explores the poetic potential of the language of audio-description. Available via a smartphone application, a collection of geo-tagged sound compositions invite the listener on a guided tour of the city. The audience members become actors in the movement, projected in spite of themselves onto the stage of an ephemeral theatre. Although the dancers will be physically absent their subtle evocation within the hyper-realistic narration will lead them to gradually materialize in the spectators’ imaginations - like phantoms haunting the surrounding landscapes. Physical proximity and intimacy are fundamental aspects of the piece’s concept and composition, which means that the audience will perceive the presence of the physically absent performers as something very much alive.


Conception: Nicole Seiler
Text, French voice: Séverine Skierski
Composition and sound design: Stéphane Vecchione
App development: App3null GmbH
Graphic design: Bivgrafik GmbH
History collaborator: Anne-Gaëlle Neipp
History consultants Lausanne: Ariane Devanthéry, Jean-Pierre Pastori, Olivier Robert
History consultants Nyon: Véronique Rey-Vodoz, Catherine Schmutz
Administration: Laurence Rochat
Touring: Michaël Monney
Production: Cie Nicole Seiler
Coproductions: Arsenic, centre d’art scénique contemporain, Lausanne (CH), far° festival des arts vivants, Nyon (CH)
Supports: Ville de Lausanne, Etat de Vaud, Pro Helvetia — Fondation suisse pour la culture, Loterie Romande, Fondation Ernst Göhner

Privacy Policy 

1. Foreword, General Information, Data Protection:
Processing of personal data by Association Plus is conducted exclusively in compliance with the applicable data protection regulations. Personal data consists of any information that related to an identified or identifiable natural person. All data transmitted to Association Plus is treated confidentially. The data is not made available to third parties. External service providers that perform services in the name of and on behalf of Association Plus are not to be considered third parties. Association Plus implements suitable technical and organizational security measures in order to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction, or unauthorized third-party access. The security measures are subject to continual improvements, in line with technological developments.  

2. Name and contact information of the party responsible for processing your data:
The responsible party is the app developer Association Plus, Rue du Valentin 34 et demi, CH-1004 Lausanne. 

3. Collection of personal data and the type and purpose of use of the data:
Location. Used for accessing the User’s device location. Palimpsest may collect, use, and share User location Data in order to provide location-based services. The geographic location of the User is determined in a matter that isn’t continuous. This means that it is impossible for Palimpsest to derive the exact position of the User on a continuous basis.