About Us

Unplush’s members come from different artistic fields, such as dance, visual arts, costume design, video and music. Together we create interdisciplinary performances to shape situations which are inspired by topics that challenge us.

Our shows are exploring unusual and playful ways of performing. Our favourite aesthetics (victims) are baroque or futurism falsely idealized. Unplush’s shows generate a special atmosphere: somewhere between discomfort and hilarity, somewhat comparable to the feeling of being stared at in the dark, by a teddy bear.

We also like to contribute to inter-collaborations among artists, by offering to performers or musicians to participate in our events called “Unplush Invites”. In this vision, the Unplush community intends to use its network to create a programming that reflects its interest in electronic music as well as entertaining and challenging performances.

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losing leonie

Losing Leonie is a choreographic work taking inspiration from both our own experiences in urban settings and Italo Calvino’s novel ‘Le Città Invisibili’ – but according to Unplush’s  approach the piece is not linear but set in a game structure that depicts characters being trapped, living with the illusion of a choice.

The piece’s starting point is the city of « Leonie », one of the 55 cities imagined by Italo Calvino in his novel. The “Invisible Cities” have thus become one: an opulent and rich society, a falsely ideal city whose citizens are excessively devoted to consumerism.

The five characters live in the dump of Leonie: a place where a game controls all escape possibility. Winning means moving on, losing means staying in the garbage. The characters’ only hope for a better life is winning, or at least this is their strongest believe.
The absurd duality of the game enhance the hopelessness of the situation : it is meant for two, but can be played by one. Winning seems impossible, if they always follow the rules.

“(…) so fühlt man sich auch als Zuschauer zuweilen ein wenig als Ausgestossener, findet keine gemütliche Ecke, keinen ruhigen Moment. (…) Es geht da nicht zuletzt auch um verlorene Utopien. Die man gerade in diesen Tagen wieder man auf allen Kanälen vergeführt bekommt.”

Roland Fischer – das Kulturblog des Bund

“Es gelingt Marion Zurbach, die Tragik der Figuren in der Choreographie auszunehmen, sodass die Tanzenden nie Opfer oder Täter sind, sondern beides gleichzeitig. (…) In dieser Stadt möchten man nicht leben. Aber es war  ja alles nur ein böser Traum. Oder?”

Marianne Mühlemann – der Bund

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Choreography: Marion Zurbach

Dramaturgy: Kathrin Yvonne Bigler

Performers: Irene Andreetto, Vittorio Bertolli, Peter Cripps Clark, Maria Demandt, Fhunyue Gao

Music: Philipp Moll

Set design: Stefanie Liniger

Duration: 1 hour

Premiere: 14th October 2015 – Heitere Fahne, Bern

Other Performances: 14th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd October 2015 – Heitere Fahne