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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From the heights of the pedestal, the statue wakes up. Its body loosens up, the stone becomes softer, it seems almost human. Taking her pedestal along, she sets out to conquer new territories.

“Hello there, I come to invade you. Please do not show any resistance, I come to set you free! Admire the expertise of my empire, its science, its mastery of form, volume, opportunities. Acknowledge me as your master, let me collect, two, three things, and my empire will be yours.”

The statue is the myth, the gift for the conquered. She can profile perfectly the faces of power and plays her role with excellence. Never she could imagine that they could do without her. This is the story of a fall. Or a hallucination.

Choreography: Marion Zurbach
Assistant: Vittorio Bertolli
Performance: Luciana Croatto/ Maria Demandt

Premiere: 12 mars 2015, Theater Treffpunkt, Stuttgart
Duration: 17′
Spoken language: english