AUGUST 2017

7 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre), 1 in Nagoya (Chűnichi Theatre), 3 in ďsaka (Festival Hall, National Bunraku Theatre, Kintetsu Art Kan)!

  • Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Yajűr˘ and Ichikawa Chűsha perform at the Kabukiza !
  • Ichikawa Ebiz˘ performs at the Chűnichi Theatre and at the Festival Hall!
  • All the others great Kabuki actors are on vacation ...
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 9 ~ 27 August 2017 (Hachigatsu N˘ry˘ Kabuki)
    August Cool-Breeze Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Irezumi Ch˘han

    Tama Usagi

    Dango Uri

    Afternoon

    Shuzenji Monogatari

    T˘kaid˘chű Hizakurige

    Evening

    Noda-ban Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita

    Casting

    Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Ichikawa Chűsha, Kataoka Kamez˘, Ichikawa En'ya, Band˘ Shűch˘, Band˘ Minosuke, Nakamura Baishi, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Mantar˘

    Comments

    The usual summer program at the Kabukiza! It is entitled Hachigatsu N˘ry˘ Kabuki (literally "the August cool-breeze Kabuki").

    Chűnichi Theatre (Nagoya)
    Dates 2 ~ 7 August 2017 (Roppongi Kabuki)
    Roppongi Kabuki
    Program

    Zat˘ Ichi

    Kabuki Casting

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Terajima Shinobu

    Comments

    Second edition of the Roppongi Kabuki performances, which was premiered in T˘ky˘ at the EX THEATER in February 2017. Based on a script written by Lily Franky, the stage direction is done by the famous movie director Miike Takashi, an expert in violent and bizarre movies who worked twice with Ichikawa Ebiz˘ for the movies Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011) and "Over your Dead Body" (2014). The story is about Zat˘ Ichi, the zat˘ Ichi, a blind masseur and blademaster who was created by novelist Shimozawa Kan. The guest star of this production is not a Kabuki actor but the actress Terajima Shinobu, the daughter of Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘.

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 5 ~ 6 August 2017 (S˘ch˘kai)
    Program

    Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki
    (Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari)

    Keisei Hangonk˘ (Domo Mata)

    Casting

    Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Nakamura Yonekichi, Nakamura Ch˘jűr˘, Nakamura Ch˘shi, Nakamura Ch˘zabur˘, Nakamura Umeno, Nakamura Matanosuke

    Comments

    3rd edition of the S˘ch˘kai (literally "the Two Butterflies Association"), which stars Nakamura Kash˘ and his brother Nakamura Tanenosuke. Nakamura Kazutar˘ and Nakamura Yonekichi are the guest stars of this program.

  • Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari: the world is ruled by Taira no Kiyomori, the leader of the Heike clan. Tokiwa Gozen, the widow of the head of the defeated Genji clan and mother of Yoritomo and Yoshitsune, the future leaders of the clan, has become the mistress of the dictator Kiyomori, then the wife of Lord ďkura, a seemingly simple-minded fool who spends all his time watching pretty women dance. Outraged members of the Genji clan sneak into Lord ďkura's mansion only to discover that Tokiwa Gozen's immorality and Lord ďkura's idiocy are a guise, the only way to survive in a world ruled by the enemy. This performance stars Nakamura Tanenosuke as Lord ďkura, Nakamura Kazutar˘ as Tokiwa Gozen, Nakamura Kash˘ as Yoshioka Kijir˘ and Nakamura Yonekichi as Yoshioka's wife Oky˘.
  • Domo Mata: the artist Matahei has been refused a professional name because of his stuttering. He makes a poor life by drawing folk paintings and decides to make one last effort to gain respectability. His wife Otoku, who is given as much to chatter as Matahei is silent, pleads his case. Turned down again by his master, Matahei decides to take his life. He draws a farewell portrait of himself, a painting so skillful that the lines seep through solid rock and this miracle convinces his master to confer a professional name. Starring Nakamura Kash˘ as Matahei and Nakamura Yonekichi as his wife Otoku.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Dates 11 ~ 12 August 2017 (Ne no Kai)
    Program

    Asazuma Bune

    Dokugin Sandai

    Sukeroku

    Michiyuki Hatsune no Tabi

    Comments

    19th edition of the summer program of the association Ne no Kai (the Sound Association). "Dokugin Sandai" is a mix of famous music coming from "Banch˘ Sarayashiki", "Kamiyui Shinza" and "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan". Only "Michiyuki Hatsune no Tabi" is staged with Kabuki actors.

    Dates 16 ~ 20 August 2017 (Chigyokai/Kabukikai)
    Program

    Banch˘ Sarayashiki

    Iro Momiji Tsugiki no Futsutsuka (Benikan)

    Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki (Hikimado)

    Comments

    23rd edition of the common program for 2 associations, the Chigyokai (the Young Fishes Association) and the Kabukikai (the Kabuki Association), which stars stars' disciples in the leading roles of all the items in the program with the guidance of Nakamura Baigyoku/Nakamura Kaishun ("Banch˘ Sarayashiki"), Nakamura Umeya ("Benikan") and Nakamura Shikan ("Hikimado").

    Dates 27 ~ 28 August 2017 (Ken no Kai)
    Program

    Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi

    Hane no Kamuro

    Tomo Yakko

    Casting

    Onoe Ukon, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Onoe Matsuya, Sawamura Kuniya, Ichikawa Tsutanosuke

    Comments

    3rd edition of the Ken no Kai, which stars Onoe Kikugor˘ VI's great-grandson Onoe Ukon. Ken no Kai literally means "Ken's Association" with Ken being the first ideogram in Onoe Ukon's real first name Kensuke. Kataoka Ichiz˘and Onoe Matsuya are the two guest stars of this program.

    Kintetsu Art Kan (ďsaka)
    Dates 3 ~ 6 August 2017 (Sora no Kai)
    Program

    Yotsuya Kaidan

    Casting

    Kataoka Matsujűr˘, Kataoka Senjir˘, Kataoka Senju, Kataoka Yűjir˘, Kataoka Rikiya

    Comments

    The 3rd gala of the Sora no Kai, in ďsaka at the Kintetsu Art Kan, which stars Kataoka Matsujűr˘, Kataoka Senjir˘, Kataoka Senju, Kataoka Yűjir˘ and Kataoka Rikiya, 5 disciples of the Matsushimaya guild. Sora no Kai literally means "Sky Association". "Yotsuya Kaidan" is based on Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan". These performances are entitled Abeno Kabuki (Abeno is the name of a famous district in ďsaka).

    National Bunraku Theatre (ďsaka)
    Dates 24 ~ 25 August 2017 (Kamigata Kabukikai)
    Program

    Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami

  • Kamo Zutsumi
  • Ga no Iwai
  • B˘ Shibari

    Comments

    27th edition of the Kamigata Kabukikai (the Kamigata Kabuki Association), a summer program in ďsaka which stars Kamigata Kabuki stars' disciples in the leading roles of all the items, with the guidance of Kataoka Nizaemon, Kataoka Hidetar˘ and Kataoka Gat˘.

    Festival Hall (ďsaka)
    Dates 10 ~ 13 August 2017 (Roppongi Kabuki)
    Roppongi Kabuki
    Program

    Zat˘ Ichi

    Kabuki Casting

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Terajima Shinobu

    Comments

    Second edition of the Roppongi Kabuki performances, which was premiered in T˘ky˘ at the EX THEATER in February 2017. Based on a script written by Lily Franky, the stage direction is done by the famous movie director Miike Takashi, an expert in violent and bizarre movies who worked twice with Ichikawa Ebiz˘ for the movies Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011) and "Over your Dead Body" (2014). The story is about Zat˘ Ichi, the zat˘ Ichi, a blind masseur and blademaster who was created by novelist Shimozawa Kan. The guest star of this production is not a Kabuki actor but the actress Terajima Shinobu, the daughter of Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘.

     
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