About Us

UNPLUSH is a transdisciplinary art association with dance and performing arts at its core. It brings together artists from various fields such as electronic music, visual arts, dance, performance and graphic design. 

The association is organized in three branches which produce different creative formats while sharing common artistic visions. UNPLUSH Company is dedicated to the production of performances, dance and theater pieces, while HEPTEKA is a collective that organizes transdisciplinary events and AMACLUB is a platform for amateur dancers.

With its vast collaborations, formats and venues, Unplush is actively involved in the swiss cultural scene and produces for a diverse audience.

In 2018, UNPLUSH was 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  won the June Johnson Dance Prize.

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FLIPPER

FLIPPER, the hero from the eponymous TV show was played by a female dolphin named Kathy. In an interview, Kathy’s trainer Rick O’Barry states, that the animal suffering from captivity, committed suicide in his arms. From this testimony, FLIPPER presents an investigation of the tragedy. It aims to shed light on the involvement of the different characters in Kathy’s tragedy, staging three performers who play the roles of Kathy, Rick O’Barry and the investigator. Through various hypotheses about the real or fictional cycle of events, the piece gets hold of and frees the audience from their illusions.

UNPLUSH managed the balancing act between acting and dance, between trash optics and professionality excellently, and we’re hoping to host them again in the near future.” – Lisa LetnanskyTheater am Gleis

Staging and choreography : Marion Zurbach
Performance and choreography : Johnny Lloyd, Peter Cripps Clark
Acting : Eve-Marie Savelli
Assistant : Vittorio Bertolli
Video : Matteo Taramelli
Sound : Henrry Bonnet
Costumes : Myriam Casanova
Lights : Jonas Bühler
Stage manager : Olivier Famin
Graphics : Valentina Brković

Premiere: 14 December 2017 // Dampzentrale Bern
Duration: 60′
Spoken language: English – Subtitles available