About Us

UNPLUSH is a transdisciplinary art association with dance and performing arts at its core. It brings together artists from various fields such as electronic music, visual arts, dance, performance and graphic design. 

The association is organized in three branches which produce different creative formats while sharing common artistic visions. UNPLUSH Company is dedicated to the production of performances, dance and theater pieces, while HEPTEKA is a collective that organizes transdisciplinary events and AMACLUB is a platform for amateur dancers.

With its vast collaborations, formats and venues, Unplush is actively involved in the swiss cultural scene and produces for a diverse audience.

In 2018, UNPLUSH was 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  won the June Johnson Dance Prize.

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OF HUMANS AND OTHER ARTIFACTS

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