About Us

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.

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.

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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.

LABOR received the award “ACT-BAD Bilbao” at the Act Festival in Bilbao in May 2017.

Choreography: Marion Zurbach

Performers: Irene Andreetto, Maria Demandt, Peter Cripps Clark, Fhunyue Gao

Music live: Fhunyue Gao

Duration: 40 minutes

Première: 9 September 2016, Mad Scientist Festival in Natural History Museum of Bern