Unplush creation 2022-23
Coproduced by Dampfzentrale Bern

The performance observes “Orchesography” (1588), the first manual of dance and choreographic writing, written by Toinot Arbeau, Jesuit priest, mathematician and dance master.

In this manual, Toinot Arbeau teaches his disciple the art of dance. The text consists in dance, music scores and dialogues between the two men, conversing about the implications of dance in their social lives.

Based on this historical document, the performance is situated between documentary restitution, musical and choreographic rewriting, while observing the resonance of such a work in our contemporaneity.

Concept & directing: Marion Zurbach
Artistic collaboration & performance: Maria Demandt
Artistic collaboration, performance & composition: Stélios Lazarou
Expert Renaissance dances: Madeleine Saur
Dramaturgical support: Arthur Eskenazi
Artistic assistance: Vittorio Bertolli
Voice coaching: Eleonora Vacchi
Production: Maxine Devaud (CH) & Prune Allain-Bonsergent (FR)
Coproduction: Dampfzentrale Bern (CH)
Partners: Le Grütli, Halle Nord (CH), Artagon (FR)