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.


Under the artistic direction of Marion Zurbach, it brings together artists from the fields of dance, theatre, electronic music, visual arts and graphic design. UNPLUSH productions speak to a broad audience thanks to the diversity of the association’s artistic collaborations, venues, and performance formats.


The UNPLUSH Company investigates the effects, a specific environment has on people’s behaviour and bodies, particularly the transformations that occur in a critical situation. The artistic research aims at twisting reality into falsely idealised science fiction universes with a touch of baroque aesthetics. The pieces take a tragicomic look at everyday situations and critically explore the breaking points between the characters. Humour is used as an emancipator of violence, mocking symbols of power.


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 2020, she created Les promises, a piece made with teenage woman living in the northern districts of Marseille. In 2021 she will work on UNPLUSH‘ artistic development and the new creation Do it Mayra.


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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