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The artistic association Unplush was founded 2015 in Bern. It proposes interdisciplinary productions inside and outside the frame of theatres in Switzerland and abroad. Under the direction of Marion Zurbach, the company brings together artists from several fields such as dance, theatre, electronic music, visual arts, graphic design and poetry slam, to explore the vast potential of performance formats. Unplush also organises “Unplush Invites”, an event format merging electronic music with live performances and “Amaclub”, a creative platform for amateur dancers.

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

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

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