Yann Marussich was born in Switzerland in 1966, and he currently lives and works in Switzerland. This unique character of the contemporary dance delivers performances and choreographies that have been presented worldwide. From 1993 to 2000 he was program director of the Théâtre de l’Usine in Geneva, where he programmed almost exclusively contemporary dance with a focus on new forms of expression. He is the founder of the ADC Studio created in 1993. In 2001, he choreographed Bleu Provisoire, his first totally motionless piece. Since then, he has delved into introspection. Today, he is moving towards solo performance and Body-Art in its poetic aspect.
From December 2015 to January 2016, a performative exhibition of the works of Yann Marussich was programmed at BAC - Le Commun, called Experience of Immobility, with the support of FMAC, Loterie Romande, the City of Geneva and Ernst Göhner Foundation. In 2008, he won the Ars Electronica award in the category Hybrid Art with the performance Bleu Remix. He was an associate artist at the Grütli Theater for the 2010-2011 season. Since 2011, Yann Marussich is supported by the Department of Culture and the Municipal Fund for Contemporary Art (FMAC) of the City of Geneva.
His works include Autoportrait dans une fourmilière (2003), Morsure (2004), Blessure (2005), Soif (2006), Bleu Remix, Nuit de Verre (2007), Brisures, Ex-Pression (2009), Bain Brisé (2010), Rideau! (2014) and La Chaise (2015), with Filipe Espindola and Sara Panamby.
Bleu Remix is the sequel to Bleu Provisoire, created in 2001. The soundtrack to Bleu Provisoire is remixed for each performance of Bleu Remix by a different local musician, bringing an element of uniqueness to each event. In Bleu Remix, the performer, wearing nothing but white briefs, sits on a reclining chair in a transparent glass cage. Once again, the artist takes us on an intimate journey through his body. He sits motionless, opening and closing his eyes. Gradually, blue tears run down his cheeks, blue snot runs from his nose, and blue spit trickles from his mouth. He begins to sweat, first under his armpits, then his forehead, back, belly and legs: his whole body is covered in blue sweat. While searching for a kind of universal human being, Marussich takes the essence of Bleu Provisoire's concept, mixes and transforms it to shake the senses and reveal the frailty of reality. With imperceptible movements, an intense gaze, and blue perspiration made visible, Marussich opens the paths between the inside and the outside world —secret passages from the unconscious, straight to the conscious.
Why the colour blue? The colour relates to wisdom, serenity and dreams. It is ever-present around us, and yet doesn’t exist inside our bodies. It only exists in our dreams and our subconscious. The colour blue refers to life, journeys and discoveries in the literal sense as well as the figurative. The intensity of the performer’s presence makes it unbearable for the audience to hold its gaze. The subject “expressing” the blue ink takes the audience through a human experience that reaches the realm of the supernatural.