APRIL 2000

5 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, Theater National, Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Kioi Hall), 2 in Nagoya (Misonoza), 1 in Ky˘to (Minamiza), 2 on Shikoku island (Kanamaruza) and 1 tour (Zenshinza)!

  • Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Kataoka Nizaemon and Band˘ Tamasabur˘ perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Ichikawa Danjűr˘ and Nakamura Tokiz˘ perform at the Misonoza!
  • Nakamura Ganjir˘ and his 2 sons (Senjaku/Kanjaku) perform at the National Theatre!
  • Onoe Kikugor˘, his son Kikunosuke and Nakamura Shibajaku perform at the Kanamaruza!
  • Ichikawa Ennosuke and his troupe perform at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 April 2000 (Shigatsu ďkabuki)
    MatinÚe

    Heike Nyogo no Shima (Shunkan)

    Bukaku Setsugekka

  • Sakura
  • Matsumushi
  • Yuki Daruma Goyomi
  • Tsuyu Kosode Mukashi Hachij˘ (Kamiyui Shinza)

    Evening

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

    Iwashi Uri Koi no Hikiami

    Shunky˘ Kagami Jishi

    Casting

    Nakamura Kankur˘, Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Nakamura Kichiemon, Nakamura Shikan, Ichikawa Sadanji, Sawamura S˘jűr˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Matsue, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Kantar˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Kataoka Kamez˘

    Comments

    Great program commemorating the 12th anniversary of the death of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII. His son and heir Nakamura Kankur˘ plays some of the best roles of his father, like Ichij˘ ďkura or Kamiyui Shinza.

    The comedy "Iwashi Uri Koi no Hikiami" was written by Mishima Yukio and stars the great duo Band˘ Tamasabur˘ / Nakamura Kankur˘.

    Misonoza (Nagoya)
    Dates 1 ~ 25 April 2000 (Y˘shun ďkabuki)
    MatinÚe

    Imoseyama Onna Teikin (Mikasayama Goten)

    Meisaku Hidari Kogatana (Ky˘ Ningy˘)

    Kiwametsuki Banzui Ch˘bŕ

    Evening

    Kenuki

    Kurotegumi Sukeroku

    Casting

    Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Band˘ Yasosuke, Nakamura Tokiz˘

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 24 April 2000 (Shigatsu Hanagata Wakashu Kabuki)
    Program

    Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami

  • Sumiyoshi Torii Mae
  • Tsuribune Sabu Uchi
  • Nagamachi Ura
  • Tajima-ch˘/Yane Ue
  • Hanabusa Shűjaku no Shishi

    Casting

    Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Nakamura Kanjaku, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Band˘ Kichiya, Band˘ Takesabur˘, Nakamura Jűjir˘

    Comments

    "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is a great classic of Kamigata Kabuki. The climax of the play is the most famous murder scene of the whole Kabuki repertoire. The casting is as follows:

    Roles Actors
    DANSHICHI KUROBEI Nakamura Kanjaku
    Issun Tokubŕ Nakamura Senjaku
    Tsuribune Sabu Band˘ Kichiya
    Otatsu Nakamura Ganjir˘
    Okaji Kataoka Hidetar˘
    Otsugi Band˘ Takesabur˘
    Mikawaya Giheiji Nakamura Jűjir˘
    Kanamaruza (Konpira)
    Dates 9 ~ 23 April 2000 (Shikoku Konpira Kabuki ďshibai)
    MatinÚe

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura

  • Yoshinoyama
  • Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata
  • Evening

    Kanadehon Chűshingura

  • Tepp˘ Watashi, Futatsudama
  • Kanpei Harakiri
  • ďmi no Okane

    Casting

    Onoe Kikugor˘, Sawamura Tanosuke, Nakamura Shibajaku, Onoe Kikunosuke, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Sh˘nosuke, Onoe Matsusuke

    Comments

    16th edition of the Spring Kabuki performance Konpira Kabuki ďshibai at the Kanamaruza.

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 4 ~ 30 April 2000
    Program Shin Sangokushi
    Casting

    Ichikawa Ennosuke, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Danshir˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Nakamura Karoku, Ichikawa Danjir˘, Ichikawa Kamejir˘, Ichikawa Ukon

    Comments

    Ichikawa Ennosuke and his troupe of young and talented actors perform a modern style of theater, which they created a few years ago and called "Super Kabuki" (SűpÔ Kabuki in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's lingo): it's spectacular (lots of chűnori), the costums are gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated, the music is modern, the texts are easy to understand and the plots are as twisted as a good Kabuki classic. Usually a big commercial success!

    Kioi Hall (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 26 ~ 27 April 2000 (Shibajaku no Kai)
    Program

    Bungo D˘j˘ji

    Hanabusa Shűjaku no Shishi

    Casting

    Nakamura Shibajaku

    Comments

    First edition of the "Shibajaku no Kai", a special program starring the young and talented actor Nakamura Shibajaku performing in solo the dances "Bungo D˘j˘ji" and "Hanabusa Shűjaku no Shishi".

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 19 ~ 25 April 2000 (Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitsu)
    Program Mitsu Ningy˘
    Casting

    Kataoka Ainosuke, Kamimura Kichiya

    Comments

    8th edition of a pedagogical show in Ky˘to combining explanation for beginners and a dance.

    Zenshinza Tour
    Dates 8 March ~ 14 April 2000
    Show

    Narukami

    Kitsune Yamabushi

    Casting

    Arashi Keishi, Kawarazaki Kunitar˘, Yamamura Kunijir˘, Yamazaki Ryűnosuke

     
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