About Us

Unplush was founded in 2015. Since then, the company has proposed several artistic productions, inside and outside the frame of theatres’ infrastructures, both in Switzerland and internationally. The company Unplush brings together artists from different fields such as dance, visual arts, video and music.

The work of the Unplush company is the result of the collaboration of different artists directed by Marion Zurbach. The artists gather their efforts around unconventional topics, to address a wide range of audience though humour and physicality in order to challenge interdisciplinarity and established moral values. Over the three years of its existence, Unplush has carried out two other projects in parallel with the Company. These initiatives reflect the wish of the company to address different kinds of audiences, by being present not only as performers, but also as pedagogues and curators.

With “Unplush Invites”, Unplush develops a particular approach to the concept of “hosting” by inviting very diverse audiences to participate to unique events curated by the Unplush Invites collective.

“Amaclub” is a platform that aims to give space to amateur dancers to learn and improve technical skills in contemporary dance and to express their personal emotional universe through creative work.

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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