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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From the heights of the pedestal, the statue wakes up. Its body loosens up, the stone becomes softer, it seems almost human, a woman. 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 representation of a civilisation; its myth. The empire often uses the statue to justify its desire for domination. The statue is the model, the gift for the conquered. It can profile perfectly the faces of power and plays its role with excellence. Never it could imagine that the empire will do without it. This is the story of a fall.

Or a hallucination.

maria demandt

Choreography: Marion Zurbach

Assistant: Vittorio Bertolli

Performance: Luciana Croatto/ Maria Demandt

Duration: 17 minutes

Premiere: 12 mars 2015, Theater Treffpunkt, Stuttgart