Marion Zurbach - Unplush

Marion Zurbach | Choreographer and artistic director 


Marion was born in Martigues, France. She started her training at the École Nationale Supérieure de Danse in Marseille, before moving on to the École-Atelier Rudra Béjart Lausanne, where she began her professional career with Maurice Béjart’s Compagnie M. Between 2003 and 2015, she was a member of the Teatro communale di Firenze, the Ballet National de Marseille, and was a soloist at the Bern Ballet and the Tanzcompagnie Konzert Theater Bern. In 2015, Marion founded with Vittorio Bertolli the Bern-based artistic association UNPLUSH and starts her choreographic creations.


The company proposes works that result from the dialogue between people participating in the productions. Whether they are artists, anthropologists or amateur dancers, the meeting between people with different life experiences or of different ages is seen as a stimulus for reflection and solidarity.


Under the artistic direction of Marion Zurbach, the performers work from their connection to a theme, with their imagination and history. Between myth and realism, tragedy and humour, UNPLUSH observes constructions, existential strategies or non human life forms. A reflection on our conditionings, our struggles and what a space of speculation like the stage can produce.


Since its creation, UNPLUSH has collaborated regularly with the Dampfzentrale Bern, toured in Switzerland and abroad and has won several awards. In 2018, Marion completed her Master of Theatre and Performance degree at Bern University of the Arts (HKB). In 2021, she will create a movie on the artistic process of the project Les promises, a piece made with teenage woman living in the northern districts of Marseille. She is also working on UNPLUSH‘ artistic development and the next creation Biche.


UNPLUSH received severals prizes and awards for it creation work : June Johnson Dance Price in 2019, PRAIRIE in 2018, and, in 2017 the prizes ACT-BAD Bilbao and Best production award for season 17/18 by Voyeure Bern.  


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