by Christoph Marthaler inspired by Alfred Jarry Directed by: Christoph Marthaler
Alfred Jarry’s (1873-1907) fictional character »King Ubu« is ever so famous. And that is precisely why this truly unruly gentleman makes no appearance whatsoever in Swiss director Christoph Marthaler’s new show. Actually, you need a magnifying glass to find the men in the play – in spite of what its title suggests. The ladies in »Uberman or Love Visits« are more or less among themselves and dip undisturbed into the highly comic universe of self-styled pataphysician Alfred Jarry, held together by surrealistic gravitational fields. Still, it isn’t quite impossible for there to be the occasional point of contact with neighbouring galaxies.
Not because of some unrelenting laws of nature, but because it is the present ladies’ explicit wish. Surprise, surprise – the carefully executed docking manoeuvres bring forth an extra-terrestrial manifestation: Love visits!