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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With “one travelling show”, Marion Zurbach presents a personal investigation on Elie Kakou (1960-1999), the first Maghreb actor and humorist, who was successful in France thanks to his exceptional one man shows. By revisiting and expanding the physicality of Elie’s various stage characters, Marion seeks a complicity, an imaginary dialogue with the comedian. The piece introduces a personal scenic form by playing with different media such as dance, text, comedy, sound design and video art.

A video projection creates spaces that entice the audience into uncanny places. Accompanied by electronic sounds and using humor in unsettling ways, “one travelling show” offers us an insight into the complexity of Elie Kakou as well as Marseille in relation to the cultural events of 2013, when Marseille was nominated as European capital of culture.

Creation and performance: Marion Zurbach
Assistant: Vittorio Bertolli
Video: Matteo Taramelli
Assistant music composition:  Alexandre Rui
Documentation and interviews: Arthur Jouanaud

Premiere: 19 may 2018 // Rhizom Festival Rote Fabrik Zurich
Duration: 26′
Spoken languages: French and English