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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Of Humans and other Artifacts is a theatrical dance piece for five dancers accompanied by a live set. The piece takes 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
Production: Yannique Mueller

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