About Us

The artistic association Unplush was founded 2015 in Bern. It proposes interdisciplinary productions inside and outside the frame of theatres in Switzerland and abroad. Under the direction of Marion Zurbach, the company brings together artists from several fields such as dance, theatre, electronic music, visual arts, graphic design and poetry slam, to explore the vast potential of performance formats. Unplush also organises UNPLUSH INVITES, an event format merging 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.

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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