About Us

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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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