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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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“Minimally Invasive Procedure” starts from the two protagonists’ personal investigation on their early encounters with dance and continues to explore the relationship between Marion and Vittorio during the last 18 years of their career as professional dancers. The two performers offer an adult perspective on the facts to the audience, from the distance, acquired during years of exigent practice of their art and with the layer of humour that time allows to cover the young dramatic perception of the events. “Minimally Invasive Procedure” is a rigorous and ridiculous review of a long list of “genres” of the show, as an accompaniment to the protagonists’ narration.  

“It is rare to laugh heartily, out loud, during a dance show… The spectator, embarked by Vittorio, look-alike of Nanni Moretti and Marion, mischievous playmaker, swore to come back at the next (happy) occasion.”  – François Passard, Théâtre de l’Abri, Director 



Concept: Marion Zurbach
Choreography and performance: Marion Zurbach and Vittorio Bertolli
Light design: Jonas Bühler
Production: Yannique Mueller

Premiere: 26 November 2016, Festival Les créatives, Théâtre de l’Abri Geneva
Duration: 45 minutes
Spoken language: french – german subtitles available