AUGUST 2018

10 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, Shinbashi Enbuj˘, National Theatre, Nissay Theatre, Nihonbashi K˘kaid˘) and 3 in ďsaka (National Bunraku Theatre, Kintetsu Art Kan, Daimaru Shinsaibashi Gekij˘)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates 9 ~ 27 August 2018
Hachigatsu N˘ry˘ Kabuki
August Cool-Breeze Kabuki
MatinÚe

Oirans˘

Ryűko

Shinjű Tsukiyo no Hoshinoya

Afternoon

T˘kaid˘chű Hizakurige

Amagoi Kikaku

Evening

Kamikakete Sango Taisetsu

Casting

Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Ichikawa Chűsha, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Ichimura Manjir˘, Ichikawa Omez˘, Sawamura S˘nosuke, Nakamura Matsue, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Kash˘, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Yonekichi, ďtani Hirotar˘, ďtani Hiromatsu, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Nakamura Utanosuke, Nakamura Tsurumatsu, Nakamura Takanosuke, Kataoka Sennosuke, Nakamura Tamatar˘, Nakamura Toranosuke, Ichikawa Otora, Ichikawa Danko, Kataoka Matsunosuke, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Nakamura Kamenoj˘, Nakamura Baika

Comments

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

  • Oirans˘: this is a modern play by H˘j˘ Hideji. It portrays an apprentice Kabuki-actor and a low-grade prostitute from the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters who happen to meet after escaping the massive earthquake. Now that they are both refugees, they go to the countryside and begin living together. A year passes, and despite the fact that they have fallen in love with each other, the prostitute, Och˘ (Nakamura Senjaku), does not dare to marry the young man, K˘tar˘ (Nakamura Shid˘), for she once killed a man out of jealousy. But Och˘ knows that the young man, K˘tar˘, will not leave her and so she agrees to return to Edo with him so that he can pursue his career as an actor. Six years later, while K˘tar˘ has become a great success, Och˘ has left him to go back to the country. When K˘tar˘ makes a tour of the provinces he searches for Och˘, but never notices the lone figure of a woman weeping on her own. Featuring also Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Ichimura Manjir˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘ and Nakamura Baishi.
  • Ryűko: this is a modern piece created after the end of World War II on the universal theme of the unending fight between the dragon, the greatest power in the sky, and the tiger, the greatest power on land. Starring Matsumoto K˘shir˘ as the spirit of the dragon and Ichikawa Somegor˘ as the spirit of the tiger.
  • Shinjű Tsukiyo no Hoshinoya: this is a newly written play adapted from a rakugo story. Teruz˘ (Ichikawa Chűsha) has lost his money in a speculative venture. He and his concubine Otaka (Nakamura Shichinosuke) promise to commit shinjű, 'lovers' double suicide', but when the time comes he alone jumps into the river and she returns home as her mother recommended. Later, T˘suke (Kataoka Kamez˘) tells her that Teruz˘'s ghost appeared warning that he will haunt her. Terrified, she takes the tonsure and becomes a nun, after which Teruz˘ himself reappears. The double suicide was Teruz˘'s test of her sincerity. Featuring also Nakamura Shid˘.
  • T˘kaid˘chű Hizakurige: "T˘kaid˘chű Hizakurige", also known as "Yaji Kita" after its two main protagonists Yajirobŕ and Kitahachi, is a famous comic novel written in the Edo period. It has often been adapted as Kabuki and has always been a popular and humorous story reflecting the contemporary topics of the age. This is the third work in a series of popular plays first staged in 2016. Many incidents happened to them along the great T˘kaid˘ Highway as they were heading from Edo city to the Ise Shrine. Once, Yaji and Kita were blown all the way to Las Vegas by a whale. Somehow, they got back to Edo city and then worked as black-robed stagehands at the Kabukiza. There they even solved a murder case in the theatre, but they blundered onto the stage again and again and, as ever, were scolded. Now, once more, they set off on a journey through Japan for the Ise Shrine, but what will happen to them this time?! Featuring also Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Shid˘, Ichikawa Udanji, Ichikawa Chűsha and Ichikawa Monnosuke.
  • Amagoi Kikaku:
    (Kikaku prays for Rain)
    this dance is based on an episode from the 17th century. The celebrated poet Kikaku (Nakamura Senjaku) holds a poetry meeting with his pupils on a boat. He composes a poem praying for rain for the farmers who are now suffering from a drought. Heavy rain falls at once and the farmers dance for joy. Featuring also Band˘ Yajűr˘.
  • Kamikakete Sango Taisetsu: this play is a blend of "Chűshingura" with its tangled stories of loyalties and masterless samurai that ultimately avenge their master's death and the story of "Godairiki", about the love between a geisha named Koman and the samurai Satsuma Gengobŕ which is spoiled by the jealousy of a man named Sangor˘. Sasano Sangor˘ (Nakamura Shid˘) is married to Koman (Nakamura Shichinosuke), but she becomes a geisha to help him to raise the money to help his lord, a man that he has never seen. In the pleasure quarters the samurai Satsuma Gengobŕ (Matsumoto K˘shir˘) falls in love with her and spends huge sums of money on her, despite the fact that he needs money for the sake of the "Chűshingura" vendetta. Finally Gengobŕ gets money and Sangor˘ and Koman decide to defraud him of the money, which results in a massacre in the pleasure quarters. Ironically, Gengobŕ is none other than the unknown master for whom Sangor˘ was trying to raise money. This story of passion and greed takes place against the background of inexplicable fate and the strict requirements of samurai society and adds ample doses of sardonic humor, the perfect play for our times. Featuring also Ichikawa Chűsha, Kataoka Kamez˘ and Matsumoto Kingo.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 4 ~ 27 August 2018
    Program

    NARUTO

    Casting

    Band˘ Minosuke, Nakamura Hayato, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Kataoka Ainosuke, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Ichikawa En'ya, Nakamura Umemaru, Ichinose Hidekazu, Kashima Noritoshi

    Comments

    Kishimoto Masashi's internationally popular manga "NARUTO" gets its Kabuki adaptation, under the supervision of G2 (both writer and director). The roles of Uzumaki Naruto and Uchiha Sasuke will be played by Band˘ Minosuke and Nakamura Hayato. A dedicated website has opened. The two guest stars, Ichikawa Ennosuke and Kataoka Ainosuke, alternatively play the same role of Uchiha Madara.

  • NARUTO: Once upon a time, a monstrous fox demon called Nine-Tails controlled by a mysterious masked man visited the Land of Fire and created chaos and disaster. In the Land of Fire, there was a village of ninjas called Konohagakure Village. In an attempt to save the land, the chief of the village, the 'Fourth Hokage', sacrificed his own life to seal Nine-Tails into the stomach of his newborn son, Uzumaki Naruto (Band˘ Minosuke). Naruto attends the Ninja Academy with the aim of becoming a mature Ninja, but instead he proves a problem child. He has been lonely throughout his life due to the hatred everyone feels towards him for having Nine-Tails sealed within him. After graduating the Ninja Academy, together with Uchiha Sasuke (Nakamura Hayato) and Sakura Haruno, he joins the team commanded by Kakashi Hatake and works as a Ninja of Konohagakure Village. Naruto works hard to be accepted by the villagers, but at the same time he feels a sense of rivalry with Sasuke who is always ahead of him. Yet, somehow, he also has sympathy with the shadow Sasuke casts over him and feels a bond of friendship. On the other hand, Sasuke himself has a dark past. When he was just a child, his elder brother Itachi Uchiha killed the whole Uchiha clan including his own parents. Since that time, Sasuke has built an emotional barrier between himself and others and has trained to become stronger than anyone else with the sole intention of killing his brother who had escaped the village. Naruto and Sasuke face many challenges but soon meet Jiraiya, who will become Naruto's master, and Tsunade, who will become the Fifth Hokage. He also has a fight with Orochimaru, a fugitive Ninja who tries to destroy Konohagakure Village. Eventually, Naruto's battle against his powerful earth-shaking enemy Uchiha Madara (Kataoka Ainosuke/Ichikawa Ennosuke) begins.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Nissay Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 10 ~ 12 August 2018
    Famirţ Fesutibaru Oyako de Tanoshimu Kabuki
    Family Festival - Parents and Children Enjoying Kabuki Together
    Program

    Goaisatsu

    Tachi Nusubito

    Kabuki no Tanoshimi

    Fuji Musume

    Casting

    Kataoka Takatar˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Band˘ Kamez˘, Ichimura Kitsutar˘

    Comments

    A short summer program called Family Festival, aiming at gathering together children and parents to enjoy Kabuki. This year, it is part of a series of performances celebrating the 55th anniversay of the opening of the Nissay Theatre in T˘ky˘.

  • Goaisatsu: a k˘j˘ on stage made by Kataoka Takatar˘.
  • Tachi Nusubito: the farces of the classical Ky˘gen theater have universal appeal, showing the relationships of masters and servants and husbands and wives. In this particular dance play, a farmer named Manbŕ (Band˘ Kamez˘) carries a precious sword, which is made of gold. The thief Kurobŕ (Band˘ Hikosabur˘) quietly removes the sword from Manbŕ in a crowd. When Manbŕ finds his sword missing and notices Kurobŕ wearing it, a loud dispute ensues. Manbŕ and Kurobŕ must both explain who owns the sword, first in words, then in dance to a magistrate (Ichimura Kitsutar˘), who must try to figure out who tells the truth.
  • Kabuki no Tanoshimi: How to enjoy Kabuki? Explanation and demonstration on stage.
  • Fuji Musume: the spirit of wisteria blossoms dances of love in the form of a beautiful young maiden. One of Kabuki's most famous and colorful dances, it will feature the dancing skills of Kataoka Takatar˘.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Daimaru Shinsaibashi Gekij˘ (ďsaka)
    Dates 4 August 2018
    Takenosuke no Kai
    Takenosuke's Association
    Program

    Uta Shigure

    Kaminari no Michiyuki

    Casting

    Band˘ Takesabur˘, Band˘ Takenosuke, Kamimura Kichiya, Kamimura Orinosuke, Nakamura Gandai

    Comments

    A gala program called Takenosuke no Kai, 1st edition, for Band˘ Takesabur˘'s disciple Band˘ Takenosuke. Special guest will be the Rakugo storyteller Katsura Kujaku, the Kigeki actor Soganoya Yasokichi, the Buy˘ master Fujima Ry˘tar˘ and the Shinpa onnagata actor Kawai Yűki (who used to be the Kabuki actor Ichikawa Enju, a disciple of Ichikawa Shun'en).

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 4 ~ 5 August 2018
    S˘ch˘kai
    Program

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura
    (Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata)

    Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To

    Casting

    Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Kotar˘

    Comments

    4th edition of the S˘ch˘kai (literally "the Two Butterflies Association"), which stars Nakamura Kash˘ and his brother Nakamura Tanenosuke.

  • Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata: the epic "Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees" ("Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura") features many characters around the famous general Yoshitsune, but none more memorable than a magic fox that takes the guise of Tadanobu, one of Yoshitsune's most trusted retainers. The fox wants to get close to a precious drum that Yoshitsune has made from the skins of his fox parents. In this excerpt from the longer play, the fox reveals his true identity with a series of spectacular stage tricks and Yoshitsune is moved to grant him the drum. Starring Nakamura Tanenosuke as the fox Tadanobu. Also featuring Nakamura Kash˘ as Minamoto no Yoshitsune.
  • Seki no To:
    (The Snowbound Barrier)
    A snow-covered barrier decorated by a mysteriously blooming cherry tree provides the background for the larger-than-life story of a traitorous aristocrat disguised as a barrier guard and the beautiful woman, actually a supernatural spirit in disguise, that will defeat him. Nakamura Kotar˘ (Ono no Komachi, the keisei Sumizome, in reality the spirit of Komachi's cherry tree), Nakamura Kash˘ (Sekibŕ, in reality ďtomo no Kuronushi) and Nakamura Tanenosuke (Yoshimine Munesada) star in what is considered to be one of the greatest Kabuki dance-dramas.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Dates 11 ~ 12 August 2018
    Ne no Kai
    Program

    Kotobuki Shiki Sanbas˘

    Ya-no-Ne

    Niwaka Jishi

    Keisei Hangonk˘ (Domo Mata)

    Comments

    20th edition of the summer program of the association Ne no Kai (the Sound Association). Only "Domo Mata" is staged with Kabuki actors. Others items in this program are only musically-performed.

    Dates 16 ~ 20 August 2018
    Chigyokai/Kabukikai
    Program

    Kotobuki Soga no Taimen

    Kioi Jishi

    Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi (Tonbŕ Sumika)

    Comments

    24th 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 under the guidance of Ichikawa Sadanji, Nakamura Tokiz˘ and Nakamura Matagor˘.

    Dates 26 ~ 27 August 2018
    Ken no Kai
    Program

    Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai (Fűin Giri)

    Ninin Wankyű

    Casting

    Onoe Ukon, Nakamura Kikaku, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Arashi Kitsusabur˘

    Comments

    4th 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. Nakamura Kikaku, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Kamimura Kichiya and Arashi Kitsusabur˘ are the guest stars of this program.

    Kintetsu Art Kan (ďsaka)
    Dates 2 ~ 5 August 2018
    Sora no Kai
    Program

    Nazo no Obi Chotto Tokubŕ

    Casting

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

    Comments

    The 4th gala of the Sora no Kai, in ďsaka at the Kintetsu Art Kan, which stars Kataoka Matsujűr˘, Kataoka Senjir˘, Kataoka Senju, Kataoka Yűjir˘, Kataoka Rikiya and Kataoka T˘jűr˘ (and a few others), 6 disciples of the Matsushimaya guild. Sora no Kai literally means "Sky Association". These performances are entitled Abeno Kabuki (Abeno is the name of a famous district in ďsaka).

    National Bunraku Theatre (ďsaka)
    Dates 25 ~ 26 August 2018
    Kamigata Kabukikai
    Program

    Shinnyo

    Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi (Keya-mura)

    Imoseyama Onna Teikin
    (Michiyuki Koi no Odamaki)

    Genroku Hanami Odori

    Comments

    28th edition of the Kamigata Kabukikai (the Kamigata Kabuki Association), a summer program in ďsaka which stars Kamigata Kabuki stars' disciples in the leading roles under the guidance of Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Kataoka Gat˘ and Kataoka Hidetar˘.

    Nihonbashi K˘kaid˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 16 August 2018
    Tsuta no Kai
    MatinÚe

    Shakky˘
    Suodori

    Ryűsei

    Evening

    Ryűsei

    Yoshinoyama
    Suodori

    Casting

    Ichikawa Tsutanosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Onoe Ukon

    Comments

    1st edition of the Tsuta no Kai (literally "the Ivy Association"), which stars Ichikawa Tsutanosuke III.

     
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