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The artistic association UNPLUSH was founded in Bern in 2015. Under the artistic direction of Marion Zurbach, it brings together artists from different fields such as dance, theatre, electronic music, visual arts, and poetry slam to explore the vast potential of performative formats. UNPLUSH’ productions are aiming at a broad audience thanks to its diverse formats, artistic collaborations and venues.

Unplush also organises UNPLUSH INVITES, an event format programming electronic music with live performances and AMACLUB, a creative platform for amateur dancers.

In 2018, UNPLUSH has been awarded a three-year support by PRAIRIE, the co-production model of Migros Kulturprozent for innovative Swiss theater and dance companies. UNPLUSH is supported by the Dampfzentrale Bern.

In 2019 UNPLUSH  has been awarded the June Johnson Dance Price.

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© Unplush 2020

due to Covid 19

Dampfzentrale Bern // cancelled

far° festival Nyon // to be confirmed

Südpol Luzerne // 26., 27 February 2021

Les promises is an artistic collaboration between six teenage girls living in the northern districts of Marseille and artists and anthropologists invited by Unplush.
The performers are expressing themselves on subjects that are close to their hearts through their imagination and history. Themes they wish to explore are being recreated like their view on their environment and the myths they build in order to exist.
Aware of the clichés that surround their social context, the teenage girls use parody, memes and self-irony to create a space of complicity and empathy. Their testimonies and allegories turn out to be activators of an anthropo-poetry, transforming intimate social realities into scenic events.

The territories these performers bring us to are multiple, ritualistic or even burlesque. They allow us to approach the delicate task of definition and testimony together.


With: Amira Njahi, Rachel Nahoumi, Delphine Maitre, Ilhem Mechentel, Minane Ould Ibbat, Djenna Sekarna

Stage direction and choreography: Marion Zurbach in collaboration with the performers
Film director: Giulia Angrisani
Film editor and assistant director: Mattia Petullà
Sound engineer and composer: Giorgio Gristina
Assistant & dramaturge: Vittorio Bertolli
Set design & dramaturge: Arthur Eskenazi
Costume designer: Silvia Romanelli
Creation animals: Clara Buffey
Light designer and technical direction: Olivier Famin
Educator: Mouldia Lakhal
Cultural mediator: Nadja Fichter
Structures: Centre social de l’Estaque, Association Cultures et citoyenneté, Local associatif des Tuileries/Association Espoir et Culture
Production management: Martina Langmann

Thanks to: Sabrina Mahfoud, Kathrin Walde, Mars Masala , the mothers and all the friends !

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