Skin Deep: Yann Marussich Workshop

Body performer Yann Marussich offers full insights into the creative and physiological processes that are featured in performance pieces such as “Bleu Remix”, which is currently touring the West Coast.

Event Details


80 Turk Street, San Francisco, California United States


August 19, 2012 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)

Yann Marussich’s Bleu Remix, in which the performer oozes a mysterious blue liquid through the pores of his skin, is a stunning highlight of the repertoire of an artist who pushes both his own body and his relationship with the audience to extremes.

As Bleu Remix tours California with the support of swissnex San Francisco, Marussich visits San Francisco’s CounterPULSE to share with a small group of participants the physical and mental training that goes into the realization of Bleu Remix and other pieces. In the second half of the workshop, Marussich will then help participants develop and perform short pieces of performance art.

The workshop is intended primarily for art students, dancers, and performers. Participants are requested to bring an object of their choice with them to the workshop.


10:00 am  workshop starts
10:00 am – 12:00 pm  introduction and practice of various physical techniques (Qigong and others)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  break
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm  preparation and work on small individual performances


Yann Marussich

Yann Marussich, a unique practitioner of contemporary dance, delivers performances that have a genuine impact on his audience. Since 1989, his choreography and performances have been presented all over the world.
In 2001 Yann Marussich choreographed Bleu Provisoire, his first totally motionless piece. Since then, his work has deepened in introspection, exploring the control of stillness while placing his body in direct contact with diverse outside factors. He continues moving toward solo performance and the poetic aspects of body art. His most recent performances, which he considers examples of his fully developed style, have been presented in many festivals in Switzerland and abroad. They include several collaborative efforts: L’Arbre aux Clous (The Tree of Nails) and Glassed (2011), both with the industrial music pioneers Carter Tutti (formerly of the group Throbbing Gristle); Hyphos with students from the Geneva University of Art and Design; and in collaboration with Vincent Barras (2012).
In 2008 he won an Ars Electronica prize in the Hybrid Art category. He was an associate artist at the Grutli Theater for the 2010–2011 season. Since 2011, Yann Marussich has been supported by the Department of Culture and the Municipal Fund for Contemporary Art (FMAC) of the City of Geneva. From 1993 to 2000, Marussich was the Director of the Théâtre de l’Usine in Geneva, where he created a program almost exclusively composed of contemporary dance and new forms of expression. He also founded the ADC Studio in Geneva in 1993.

About CounterPULSE

Located in SOMA in San Francisco, CounterPULSE is a non-profit theater, performance space, community center, and gallery with roots deep in the Bay Area’s provocative performance and dance scenes. CounterPULSE produces its own shows, helps support local artists and activists with its programs, and can be rented for productions and rehearsals.

With the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, and the City and Canton of Geneva.



Photo: Myleen Hollero