APRIL 2004

3 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, Shinbashi Enbuj˘), 1 in Nagoya (Misonoza), 3 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza), 1 in Ky˘to (Minamiza), 2 on Shikoku island (Kanamaruza) and 1 tour (Zenshinza)!

Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Kankur˘, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ and Nakamura Shikan perform at the Kabukiza!

Onoe Kikugor˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku and Nakamura Shibajaku perform at the Misonoza!

Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Kanjaku and Nakamura Senjaku perform at the Sh˘chikuza!

Nakamura Kichiemon, Nakamura Kaishun and Nakamura Baigyoku perform at the Kanamaruza!

Ichikawa Ennosuke's troupe performs at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates 2 ~ 26 April 2004 (Shigatsu ďkabuki)
MatinÚe

Banch˘ Sarayashiki

B˘ Shibari

Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura

  • Tokaiya
  • Funayagura
  • Daimotsu no Ura
  • Evening

    Aoto Z˘shi Hana no Nishikie

  • Hatsusedera Hanami
  • Mikoshi-ga-Take
  • Inasegawa Tanima
  • Hamamatsuya
  • Kuramae
  • Inasegawa Seizoroi
  • Gokurakuji Yane Rippuku
  • Sanmon
  • Namerigawa Dobashi
  • Casting

    Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Kankur˘, Band˘ Mitsugor˘, Nakamura Shikan, Ichikawa Sadanji, Nakamura Fukusuke, Sawamura Tanosuke, Band˘ Yajűr˘

    Comments

    Here is the casting for the main roles in the main plays:

    plays Roles Actors
    Banch˘ Sarayashiki Lord Aoyama Band˘ Mitsugor˘
      Okiku Nakamura Fukusuke
    B˘ Shibari Jir˘kaja Nakamura Kankur˘
      Tar˘kaja Band˘ Mitsugor˘
    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura Tokaiya Ginpei, Taira no Tomomori Kataoka Nizaemon
      Oryű, Suke-no-Tsubone Nakamura Shikan
      Sagami Goro Nakamura Kankur˘
      Irie Tanz˘ Band˘ Mitsugor˘
      Minamoto no Yoshitsune Nakamura Fukusuke
    Shiranami Gonin Otoko Benten Koz˘ Kikunosuke Nakamura Kankur˘
      Nippon Daemon Kataoka Nizaemon
      Nang˘ Rikimaru Band˘ Mitsugor˘
      Tadanobu Rihei Nakamura Shinjir˘
      Akaboshi Jűz˘ Nakamura Fukusuke
    Misonoza (Nagoya)
    Dates 2 ~ 25 April 2004 (Y˘shun ďkabuki)
    Program

    Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari

    Casting

    Onoe Kikugor˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Shibajaku, Ichikawa Danz˘, Onoe Sh˘roku, Ichikawa Kamejir˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Onoe Matsusuke, Ichimura Manjir˘

    Comments

    The young star Onoe Kikunosuke plays for the first time the role of Jiraiya and uses in the highlight of the play the chűnori technique. The play "Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari" was written by Kawatake Mokuami and was premiered in the 7th lunar month of 1852 [details].

    Kanamaruza (Konpira)
    Dates 3 ~ 18 April 2004 (Shikoku Konpira Kabuki ďshibai)
    MatinÚe

    Saikai Zakura Misome no Kiyomizu

    K˘j˘

    Omatsuri

    Evening

    Saikai Zakura Misome no Kiyomizu

    K˘j˘

    Hagoromo

    Casting

    Nakamura Kichiemon, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Tamatar˘, Sawamura Yoshijir˘

    Comments

    20th edition of the Spring Kabuki performance Konpira Kabuki ďshibai at the Kanamaruza, which celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Kaishun, who plays the role of Princess Sakura in the drama "Saikai Zakura Misome no Kiyomizu" and the leading role of the dance "Hagoromo". The play "Saikai Zakura Misome no Kiyomizu" was originally written by Matsu Kanshi II and premiered at the Nakamuraza in the 1st lunar month of 1793 under the title "Saikai Soga Nakamura". The playwright was an ancestor of Nakamura Kichiemon, who decided in 1985 to revive the drama, writing a new script and signing it with the name of ... Matsu Kanshi II.

    Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates 18 ~ 25 April 2004 (Naniwa Hanagata Kabuki)
    MatinÚe

    Shinjű Ten no Amijima (Kawash˘)

    Afternoon

    Sonezaki Shinjű

    Evening

    Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku

    Casting

    Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Kanjaku, Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Takesabur˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Nakamura Kikaku, Band˘ Kichiya

    Comments

    3 masterpieces of Chikamatsu Monzaemon, staged by a troupe of Kamigata Kabuki actors under the direction of the Living National Treasure Nakamura Ganjir˘.

    Zenshinza Tour in Kyűshű
    Dates 1 ~ 28 April 2004
    Program

    Yuki Matsuri Gonin Sanbas˘

    Narukami

    Casting

    Arashi Keishi, Kawarazaki Kunitar˘, Fujikawa Yanosuke, Yamazaki Ryűnosuke, Yamazaki Tatsusabur˘

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 7 ~ 30 April 2004
    Program Shin Sangokushi III
    Casting

    Ichikawa Ukon, Ichikawa Danjir˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Nakamura Karoku, Ichikawa Kamejir˘, Ichikawa Shun'en, Ichikawa En'ya, Ichikawa Juen

    Comments

    Ichikawa Ennosuke's 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!

    Ichikawa Ennosuke is on sick leave and does not perform in this production.

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 19 ~ 25 April 2004 (Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitsu)
    Program

    Michiyuki Tabiji no Hanamuko (Ochiudo)

    Casting Kamimura Kichiya, Kataoka Shinnosuke
    Comments

    12th edition of a pedagogical show in Ky˘to combining explanation for beginners and a dance-drama.

     
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