APRIL 2018

2 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza), 2 shows in Nagoya (Misonoza), 2 on Shikoku island (Kanamaruza) and 2 tours (Shungy˘ Special Tour, Ichikawa Ebiz˘ Special Tour)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates ??? ~ ??? April 2018 (Shigatsu ďkabuki)
April Grand Kabuki
MatinÚe

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Evening

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Casting

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Comments

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Misonoza (Nagoya)
Dates 1 ~ 25 April 2018 (Kokera Otoshi Shigatsu ďkabuki)
Opening Ceremony April Grand Kabuki
MatinÚe

Kotobuki Soga no Taimen

K˘j˘

Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame

Evening

Kajiwara Heiz˘ Homare no Ishikiri
(Ishikiri Kajiwara)

Kanjinch˘

Kuruwa Bunsh˘ (Yoshidaya)

Casting

Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Matsumoto Haku˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, ďtani Tomoemon, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Yonekichi, Sawamura S˘nosuke, ďtani Hirotar˘, Matsumoto Kingo, Arashi Kitsusabur˘, Nakamura Jűjir˘, Nakamura Kichinoj˘

Comments

Opening of the new Misonoza with the shűmei of Matsumoto Haku˘ II and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ X.

  • Soga no Taimen: this is one of the oldest and most classical of all Kabuki plays. In the Edo period, every January, plays appeared about the vendetta carried out by the Soga brothers Jűr˘ and Gor˘ after eighteen years of hardship. In "Soga no Taimen" the brothers confront Kud˘ Suketsune, the man responsible for their father's death. More ceremony than play, it features each of the important Kabuki character types, including the bombastic aragoto style of Gor˘ and the soft wagoto style of Jűr˘. This month features a cast headed by Ichikawa Sadanji as Kud˘ and some of the most popular young stars in Kabuki with Nakamura Matagor˘ as Gor˘ and Nakamura Ganjir˘ as Jűr˘.
  • K˘j˘: the close relationship between the actors and the audience is shown by these stage announcements, lavish ceremonies to commemorate various important events. In this case, all the stars of the cast assemble to celebrate the shűmei of Matsumoto Haku˘ II and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ X.
  • Kagotsurube: one of the most sensational plays of late Kabuki, it shows a humble, pockmarked merchant from the country named Sano Jir˘zaemon (Matsumoto K˘shir˘). He is wealthy, but because of the way he looks, has never thought that it would be possible to have a woman. He and his servant go sightseeing in the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters and a chance look at top courtesan Yatsuhashi (Nakamura Jakuemon) who smiles at him, makes Jir˘zaemon fall in love. However, the pleasure quarters are full of intrigue, and on the eve of the day that Jir˘zaemon is to buy up Yatsuhashi's contract, her true love Einoj˘ (Nakamura Karoku) forces her to reject and humiliate Jir˘zaemon in the middle of the celebratory banquet. Jir˘zaemon seems to forgive her, but returns with the sword Kagotsurube to exact his revenge. Featuring also Matsumoto Haku˘ in the role of Tachibanaya Ch˘bŕ.
  • Ishikiri Kajiwara: the Heike general Kajiwara (Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon) is asked to test the sharpness of a sword by slicing two live human beings in half. He deliberately makes the sword fail the test to keep the sword, a priceless heirloom belonging to the enemy Genji clan, from falling into the hands of his Taira clan. A miracle has convinced Kajiwara to change sides. Kajiwara finally demonstrates the true power of the sword by cutting a large stone basin in two. Featuring also Nakamura Jakuemon, Ichikawa Sadanji, Nakamura Karoku and Nakamura Matagor˘.
  • Kanjinch˘: probably the most popular Kabuki play today, it includes dance, comedy and the heart-warming pathos of a band of heroes during their last days. Disguised as a band of traveling priests the fugitive general Yoshitsune and his small band of retainers are stopped at a road barrier. They escape only through the quick thinking of the head retainer, a warrior priest named Musashib˘ Benkei, who improvises the text of an elaborate imperial decree. Having escaped danger Benkei and the others describe their days of glory and hardships on the road to escape in a moving dance. This program stars Matsumoto Haku˘ in the role of Benkei, with Nakamura Ganjir˘ and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ as Yoshitsune and the barrier keeper Togashi.
  • Yoshidaya: the roots of this play go back to the earliest days of Kabuki. Izaemon, the son of a wealthy family, has been disowned for loving a courtesan and now has nothing but a paper kimono. This role is a classic example of the wagoto or soft style of acting that is one of the representative acting styles of the Kansai region. Matsumoto K˘shir˘ stars as Izaemon, a role that is a specialty of his family's Kansai acting style. Featuring Nakamura Kazutar˘ as his lover, the courtesan ďgiya Yűgiri (Izaemon's lover), Nakamura Karoku and Kataoka Hidetar˘ as the proprietor and proprietress of the Yoshidaya teahouse.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Kanamaruza (Konpira)
    Dates 7 ~ 22 April 2018 (Shikoku Konpira Kabuki ďshibai)
    MatinÚe

    Ejima Ikushima

    Sayaate

    Shin Sarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa
    (Sakanaya S˘gor˘)

    Evening

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura
    (Torii Mae)

    Kamakura Sandaiki
    (Kinugawa-mura Kankyo)

    Shakky˘

    Casting

    Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Onoe Matsuya, Nakamura Kotar˘, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Band˘ Shűch˘, Ichimura Kitsutar˘, Nakamura Baika

    Comments

    34th edition of the Spring Kabuki performance Shikoku Konpira Kabuki ďshibai at the Kanamaruza on Shikoku island! Nakamura Shikan VIII and two of his three sons, Nakamura Hashinosuke IV and Nakamura Fukunosuke III, celebrate their shűmei at the Kanamaruza!


    Shungy˘ Special Tour
    Dates 17 March ~ 5 April 2018 (Shungy˘ Tokubetsu K˘en)
    The Dawn of Spring Special Performances
    Program

    Geidan

    Tsuru Kame

    Urashima

    Makura Jishi

    Casting

    Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Tsurumatsu

    Comments

    The Spring Tour of the Nakamuraya guild with performances in 12 cities.

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘ Special Tour
    Dates 1 March ~ 7 April 2018 (Ichikawa Ebiz˘ Tokubetsu K˘en)
    Ichikawa Ebiz˘ Special Performances
    Program

    Genji Monogatari

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Ichimura Kakitsu, Ichikawa Kudanji, ďtani Hiromatsu, Katayama Kur˘emon, Kanze Yoshimasa, Miroku Tadashi, Shigeyama Ippei, Ichikawa Botan

    Comments

    The Spring Tour of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ with performances in 23 cities. A special program mixing Kabuki, and Opera. The heir of the Naritaya guild performs in a special version of "Genji Monogatari", featuring the actors Katayama Kur˘emon X and Kanze Yoshimasa, and the Opera Tenor/Countertenor Miroku Tadashi. The script for this version of "Genji Monogatari" focuses on the story from Oborozukiyo to Suma/Akashi.

  • Genji Monogatari: Japan's oldest love story is reborn from a wondrous collaboration of Kabuki, and Opera. The Tale of Genji was written in the 11th century by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady of the Heian court. The whole story consists of 54 chapters and unfolds in a number of human relationships and romances that Hikaru-no-kimi,,the hero of the tale(acted by Ichikawa Ebiz˘), had in his life while describing to the court about life in the Heian period of Japan. This story is to recreate a new "The Tale of Genji" incorporating the essence of Kabuki, , another form of traditional Japanese theatre culture, and Opera, an art long-cultivated in Western culture. That is sometimes elegant and quiet, yet sometimes dramatic and aggressive. The beautiful four seasons of Japan are recreated on the stage which will remind audiences of profoundness Japanese sensitivity.
  • Source: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

     
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