Born in Martigues, Marion Zurbach began her training at the École Nationale Supérieure de Danse de Marseille, before moving on to the École Atelier Rudra Béjart Lausanne. From 2003 to 2015, she worked for the Ballet National de Marseille and the Tanz Compagnie Konzert Theater Bern, among others. In 2015, she founded the artistic association Unplush. In 2018, she completed her Master’s degree in theater and performance at the Bern University of the Arts (HKB). Since its creation, Unplush has toured in Switzerland and abroad and received the June Johnson Dance Price (Swiss Dance Awards 2019). Since 2019, Marion has regularly accompanied artists as a choreographer (Cologne Opera) or dramaturge (Festival Urban Dansdagen Eindhoven). In 2019/21, she took part in the creation of Sea Changed by Boris Charmatz, as a dancer and assistant, and created Les Promises, a film made with teenage girls living in Marseille’s northern suburbs. In 2021, she joins Artagon Marseille and creates Biche, a piece co-produced by Dampfzentrale Bern and far° Nyon. In 2022-23 she will create Reef for Tanz Ensemble Luzerner Theater and Les Héritier⋅x co-produced by Dampfzentrale Bern.
The Unplush company constructs its projects as sites of contact, dialogue and speculative research. Since 2015, Unplush has presented scenic and performative works, organized clubbing events, dance workshops and choreographic writing. Since 2022, Unplush has been based in two territories, Bern and Marseille. Under the artistic direction of Marion Zurbach, the company proposes works born of shared reflection. Unplush observes constructions, existential strategies and non-human forms of life. A reflection on our conditionings, our struggles and what an experimental space like the stage can produce.