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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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