Pere Ubu of the Day: "Bring Me The Head of Ubu Roi"

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 03/02/2010 - 01:57.

In celebration of Pere Ubu's upcoming performance of Modern Dance, at the 10th Anniversay Perty of the Beachland Ballroom, I am featuring on realNEO some great work by David Thomas and his many collaborators. Featured today is one of Pere Ubu's recent creations - Bring Me The Head of Ubu Roi.

Expressionist avant-garage band Pere Ubu and film-makers The Brothers Quay present Bring Me The Head Of Ubu Roi, an adaptation of Ubu Roi, Alfred Jarry's landmark play that inspired the band's name and is widely seen as the precursor to the Absurdist, Dada and Surrealist art movements.

Song Of The Grocery Police Animation
The Quays' animation (see above), projected wide-screen, serves to frame the action on stage, which includes performance of the song "Song Of The Grocery Police." 

The Londonist

It's hard not to delight in Thomas' frustrated dictatorship of both Poland and the production itself. Deviating from the plot to demand that the scene fade to black (which it always did, of course, by way of someone running past with a sign reading "Fade To Black"), Thomas displays an enthusiasm for the work that quickly spreads to the audience. When two of the characters exclaimed, "I think we're in danger of alienating the audience!", Queen Elizabeth Hall erupted in laughter. It was hilarious because it couldn't have been further from the truth.

For March 5th's special Beachland Ballroom 10th Anniversary Concert, Pere Ubu will be performing all of Modern Dance.

Visit the headliner's website!

Fri, Mar 5| 9 PM (8 PM door)
Beachland 10th Anniversary Weekend!
Pere Ubu
The Modern Dance Album will be performed in its entirety! / Short Rabbits
$20.00 - buy here
Ballroom | All Ages

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