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, graphic design and poetry slam. The artists share their practises and explore the wide-ranging possibilities of performative formats. UNPLUSH’ productions are aiming at a broad audience thanks to its diverse venues, formats and artistic collaborations.

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.

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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 five characters live in the dump of Leonie: a place where a game controls all escape possibility.  The characters’ only hope for a better life is winning, or at least this is their strongest believe. 

“(…) 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

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

Premiere: 14th October 2015 – Heitere Fahne, Bern
Duration: 1 hour