Jarry (Alfred)

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Jarry (Alfred)
Ubu Roi. Comedy by Alfred Jarry. Music by M. Terrasse. Orchestra conducted by the author. Théâtre de l'Œuvre. Salle du Nouveau-Théâtre, 15 rue Blanche, Paris, 1896. In-12° paperback, 4 leaves. Folder by Devauchelle. Extremely rare flyer printed by La Critique, on French japon simili, intended for spectators of the first performance of Ubu Roi, December 20, 1896, including Jarry's very important two-page presentation. The evenings of December 9 and 10 at the Théâtre de l'Œuvre were the most decisive in Jarry's career, with the performance of Ubu Roi, "this infernal machine that brought him universal fame and incomprehension", as his biographer Patrick Besnier writes. In the presence of José-Maria de Heredia, Edmond Rostand, Paul Valéry, André Gide, Jean Lorrain, Jules Renard, Colette, Georges Courteline and many others, the auditorium also became a spectacle under the impetus of a "claque" knowingly instructed by Jarry to provoke uproar. Jarry began the provocation with a "lecture" inevitably reminiscent of the Dada demonstrations twenty years later in Zurich at the Cabaret Voltaire: "Jarry appeared in front of the curtain, very fardé, in a sweater and without a false collar, sat down in front of a bad table, half-covered with a sort of mop, read, or rather stammered, in a dead voice and unintelligibly, something as effete as his silhouette" (Georges Rémond). Provenance: Private collection.
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