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, graphic design and poetry slam. The artists share their practises and explore the wide-ranging possibilities of performative formats. UNPLUSH’ productions are aiming at a broad audience thanks to its diverse venues, formats and artistic collaborations.

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.

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OF HUMANS AND OTHER ARTIFACTS

Of Humans and other Artifacts is a theatrical dance piece for five dancers and an electronic musician. The artistic aim of the piece is to take a look at the relationship humans perpetuate with their creations, giving space to the topic, to resonate in its fears and fascinations. The piece is divided in four tableaux, which introduce different physical approaches to a functional, affective and magical human self-identification through rituals and imitation games. Each tableau develops through the expression of unusual characters, such as a Chinese mythology goddess, a mermaid, oversized chorus children, mariachis, cosmonauts and more.

Concept and choreography: Marion Zurbach
Performance and choreography: Irene Andreetto, Maria Demandt, Fhunyue Gao, Vittorio Bertolli, Peter Cripps Clark
Music: Henrry Bonnet, Fhunyue Gao (live music with Theremin)
Video installation: Matteo Taramelli
Costumes: Myriam Casanova
Light design: Jonas Bühler

Premiere 6 May 2017 // Dampfzentrale Bern
Duration: 70′
Spoken language: English