APRIL 2019

3 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, Makuhari Messe), 2 shows in Nagoya (Misonoza), 2 on Shikoku island (Kanamaruza) and 3 tours (Classics Tour, Central Provinces, Zenshinza)!

  • Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji and Band˘ Yajűr˘ perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Nakamura Shikan, Kataoka Ainosuke and Onoe Sh˘roku perform at the Misonoza!
  • Nakamura Senjaku, Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Ichikawa Chűsha and Kataoka Kamez˘ perform at the Kanamaruza!
  • Matsumoto Haku˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Baigyoku and Ichikawa Komaz˘ are on tour in the Central Provinces!
  • Ichikawa Ebiz˘ and Ichikawa Udanji are on tour (Classics Tour)!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 April 2019
    Shigatsu ďkabuki
    April Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Osamaru Miyo Nagori no Emaki

    Shinpan Utazaimon

  • Zama Yashiro
  • Nozaki-mura

  • Sakae Kotohogu Fuji no Suehiro

    Gozonji Suzu-ga-Mori

    Evening

    Genpei Nunobiki no Taki
    (Sanemori Monogatari)

    Kurozuka

    Ninin Yűgiri

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Nakamura Kikaku, Band˘ Rakuzen

    Comments

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    Misonoza (Nagoya)
    Dates 1 ~ 25 April 2019
    Y˘shun Hanagata Kabuki
    Spring Sun Young Actors Kabuki
    Program

    Nans˘ Satomi Hakkenden

    Casting

    Nakamura Shikan, Kataoka Ainosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Baishi, Band˘ Shingo, Band˘ Kamez˘, Nakamura Matsue, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Fukunosuke

    Comments

    The return of the spring program at the Misonoza with young actors.

  • Hakkenden:
    (The Eight Dog Warriors)
    the original novel is an immense epic by 19th century novelist Takizawa Bakin published over many years, but eventually reaching one-hundred and sixty volumes. The Satomi clan is being attacked and its lord offers his daughter Princess Fuse to the warrior that will bring him the head of the enemy. It is his loyal dog that kills and beheads the enemy and, saying that her father must not go back on his word, Princess Fuse goes with the dog. Nevertheless, the Satomi clan is defeated and one of its loyal retainers goes to rescue Princess Fuse, shooting the dog, but unfortunately shooting Princess Fuse as well. The eight crystal beads of her rosary, each engraved with the Chinese characters of one of the Confucian virtues, goes flying through the air. Miraculously, each will be found with a newborn baby. These eight children, all of whom have the character inu for "dog" in their names, eventually meet and join together to restore the Satomi clan. The play features all the stars of the company and follows the adventures of the eight dog warriors as they meet and gradually join together, leading to a climactic fight on the roof of a dizzyingly high tower.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website


    Kanamaruza (Konpira)
    Dates 6 ~ 21 April 2019
    Shikoku Konpira Kabuki ďshibai
    MatinÚe

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Sushiya)

    Shinjű Tsukiyo no Hoshinoya

    Evening

    Keisei Hangonk˘ (Domo Mata)

    Takatsuki

    Shibahama no Kawazaifu

    Casting

    Nakamura Senjaku, Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Ichikawa Chűsha, Kataoka Kamez˘, ďtani Keiz˘, Band˘ Kamez˘, Nakamura Toranosuke

    Comments

    35th edition of the Spring Kabuki performance Shikoku Konpira Kabuki ďshibai at the Kanamaruza on Shikoku island!

    Kabuki Tour in the Central Provinces
    Dates 31 March ~ 25 April 2019
    Sh˘chiku ďkabuki
    Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki
    Program

    K˘j˘

    Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami

  • Kamo Zutsumi
  • Kurumabiki
  • Yakko D˘j˘ji

    Casting

    Matsumoto Haku˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Matsumoto Kingo, Sawamura S˘nosuke, ďtani Hirotar˘

    Comments

    The usual Grand Kabuki Tour in the Central Provinces, in April and not in July this year. Matsumoto Haku˘ II and his son Matsumoto K˘shir˘ X celebrate their shűmei.

  • 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 main actors of the cast assemble to celebrate the shűmei of Matsumoto Haku˘ II and his son Matsumoto K˘shir˘ X.
  • Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami:
    (Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy)
    Sugawara no Michizane (known in this play as Kan Sh˘j˘) was a high-ranking imperial court minister who was a brilliant calligrapher and scholar. But political rivalries forced him to be exiled to distant Kyűshű, where he died. After Michizane's death, a series of disasters in the imperial capital were attributed to his angry spirit and he was appeased by being made a god known as Tenjin, and he is now revered as the god of learning. His story was dramatized as an epic puppet drama in 1746 and the play remains a favorite in both Kabuki and the Bunraku puppet theatre.
  • Kamo Zutsumi:
    (The Kamo Riverbank)
    Young Sakuramaru (Nakamura Baigyoku) serves imperial prince Tokiyo (Sawamura S˘nosuke) who has fallen in love with Princess Kariya, Michizane's beautiful daughter. Sakuramaru and his wife Yae (Ichikawa Komaz˘) are charmed by the affair, since it reminds them of their own love. But the affair is discovered and Michizane's rivals use it as proof that he is attempting to take over the imperial court. This innocent love affair triggers the tragedies of the play.
  • Kurumabiki:
    (The Tug-of-War Over the Carriage)
    There are three brothers serving three masters. Ume˘maru serves Kan Sh˘j˘. Sakuramaru serves imperial prince Tokiyo. Kan Sh˘j˘ has been sent into exile and Tokiyo is in disgrace. Ume˘maru (Matsumoto K˘shir˘) and Sakuramaru (Nakamura Baigyoku) lament the disaster that has overtaken their masters. But they hear that the carriage of Fujiwara no Shihei (Matsumoto Kingo) is coming. Shihei is the villain that has sent Kan Sh˘j˘ into exile. But when the two brothers confront the carriage, they are stopped by their brother Matsu˘maru (Matsumoto Haku˘), who serves Shihei. Nonetheless, they attack the carriage and are driven back by the magical powers of Shihei. The three brothers agree to meet again at the seventieth birthday of their father, Shiratayű.
  • Yakko D˘j˘ji: "Musume D˘j˘ji" is based on a legend about a woman transformed into a serpent out of jealousy and who destroys a temple bell keeping her from the object of her love. The original dance shows the spirit of the woman who appears at D˘j˘ji temple as a dancer who wants to celebrate the dedication of a new bell and does a series of dances showing the many faces of femininity. In this version the dancer is revealed to be a man in disguise and, in the highlight of the dance, transforms the romantic highpoint of the original piece into a comic scene by using masks. Starring Matsumoto K˘shir˘.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Classics Tour
    Dates 9 ~ 25 April 2019
    Koten he no Izanai
    Invitation to the Classics
    Program

    Kasa no Dan
    A drama with performers

    Ya-no-Ne

    K˘j˘

    Uwanari

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Udanji

    Comments

    A special tour in 11 cities for the heir of the Naritaya guild.

    Makuhari Messe (Chiba)
    Dates ??? ~ ??? April 2019
    Ch˘kabuki
    Ultra-Kabuki
    Program

    ???

    Casting

    Nakamura Shid˘, Hatsune Miku

    Comments

    The world of Kabuki and the world of Otaku collide for the third time in Kabuki history! Resulting from this spectacular collision, a new genre, the Ch˘kabuki (literally Ultra-Kabuki), was born in 2016 [more details]. Nakamura Shid˘ shares the stage with the virtual 3D creature Hatsune Miku. They perform "together" in a newly-created Ch˘kabuki drama. It is staged at the Makuhari Messe as part of the Niconico Ch˘kaigi 2019 event, an important yearly event for the Otaku tribes.

    Zenshinza Tour
    Dates 13 March ~ 27 April 2019
    Program

    Ura Nagaya S˘d˘ki

    Casting

    Kawarazaki Kunitar˘, Arashi Yoshisabur˘, Fujikawa Yanosuke, Matsunami Kihachir˘, Tadamura Shin'ya

    Comments

    A March and April tour all over Japan for the Zenshinza troupe. "Ura Nagaya S˘d˘ki", which was written by the veteran movie director Yamada Y˘ji and was premiered in May 2017 at the National Theatre, is based on two famous rakugo stories, "Rakuda" and "Ido no Chawan".

     
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