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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LABOR

What would we do if we were offered the possibility to bring to life our every ambition?

LABOR proposes a word in which technology can offer extreme enhancement of ones’ personality. The dance piece is presented as a showcase in which Labor – a wellness company – introduces its latest procedures. This institute appears first as an absurd enterprise but develops to show sadistic control over its employees used both as experts and guinea-pigs. The piece is a wink to a dystopian science fiction word, but also addresses the very present topic of mankind’s dependency and enthusiasm for technology.

“The ACT BAD prize goes to UNPLUSH for LABOR for the creative potential of the whole collective, their authentic language, individual and honest expression of each performer and for a scary dystopian universe.” – Jury members of the ACT Festival. (Award “ACT-BAD”, ACT Festival Bilbao Spain, May 2017) 

 

Concept & choreography: Marion Zurbach
Performance & choreography: Irene Andreetto, Maria Demandt, Peter Cripps Clark, Fhunyue Gao
Music live: Fhunyue Gao

Première: 9 September 2016, Mad Scientist Festival in Natural History Museum of Bern
Duration: 40 minutes
Spoken language: english – spanish and german subtitles available