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Yann Marussich | Research Trip

Mozambique | Performing Arts

December 2022 — Performing Arts

Yann Marussich

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Yann Marussich is a Swiss performance and contemporary artist with a self-taught education of the body. Since 2001 he has been exploring living immobility in his work. In a research trip in Mozambique from 4-16 December 2022, Yann will travel to Maputo, Nampula and Ilha de Mozambique for professional meetings with actors and to visit venues in anticipation of a possible residency and tour in 2023-24.

The research trip is in preparation for a new project that Yann plans to develop next year exploring experiences of disability with civilian victims of the civil war. The project is planned to develop along three axes, including body performance work leading to a series of public performances, the preparation and shooting of video performances of “The Cardboard Man/Woman”, and writing exercises relating to the collaboration and creation process. Alongside the collaborative residency, Yann also gave a series of lectures on his work in Maputo, Nampula and Ilha de Mozambique.


Yann Marussich (1966) is a unique character in the field of performance and contemporary dance as he delivers performances that have a disturbing and provocative impact on the audience. Since 1989, he has signed a score of performances and choreographies shown all over Europe and throughout the world. In 2001, Yann created Bleu Provisoire, his first totally immobile piece. Since then, his work on living immobility has continued to grow in intensity. His field of exploration is located halfway between body art and bio art. In December 2015, a performative exhibition of Yann’s work was programmed at Le Commun (Geneva) entitled Experience of Immobility – 20 years of performance Acts. A major retrospective was organized in 2018 at Le Lieu Unique in Nantes. Winner of the Ars Electronica prize in the Hybrid Art category with the performance Bleu Remix in 2008, Yann has been awarded the CERN Collide Geneva artistic residency prize at the end of 2019. In 2022, he won the Swiss Performing Art Award for his whole career. As a multi-faceted artist, Yann also dedicates himself to writing, engraving and drawing. For a few years now, he has been exploring new artistic possibilities with the creation of video-performances. Since 2011, Yann is supported through an annual grant from the Department of Culture of the City of Geneva.