APRIL 2020

3 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, Makuhari Messe), 1 show in Nagoya (Misonoza), 2 on Shikoku island (Kanamaruza) and 1 tour (Western Provinces)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates ??? ~ ??? April 2020
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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Kanamaruza (Konpira)
Dates 11 ~ 26 April 2020
Shikoku Konpira Kabuki ďshibai
Shikoku Konpira Kabuki Grand Theatre
MatinÚe

Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage (H˘kaib˘)

Evening

Kotobuki Shiki Sanbas˘

K˘j˘

Genpei Nunobiki no Taki
(Yoshikata Saigo)

Casting

Matsumoto Haku˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, ďtani Tomoemon, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Matsumoto Kingo, ďtani Hirotar˘, Ichikawa Otora, Kamimura Kichitar˘

Comments

36th edition of the Spring Kabuki performance Shikoku Konpira Kabuki ďshibai at the Kanamaruza on Shikoku island! Matsumoto Haku˘ II and his son Matsumoto K˘shir˘ X celebrate their shűmei at the Kanamaruza!

Misonoza (Nagoya)
Dates 4 ~ 26 April 2020
Program

NARUTO

Casting

Band˘ Minosuke, Nakamura Hayato, Nakamura Baigyoku

Comments

Kishimoto Masashi's internationally popular manga "NARUTO" got its Kabuki adaptation in August 2018 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, under the supervision of G2 (both writer and director). This month it is staged in Nagoya at the Misonoza. The roles of Uzumaki Naruto and Uchiha Sasuke are played by Band˘ Minosuke and Nakamura Hayato. The guest star Nakamura Baigyoku plays the 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 (Nakamura Baigyoku) begins.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Kabuki Tour in the western provinces
    Dates 1 ~ 26 April 2020
    Sh˘chiku ďkabuki
    Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki
    Program

    Sh˘fudatsuki Kongen Kusazuri

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura

  • Ko-no-Mi
  • Kokingo Uchijini
  • Sushiya
  • Casting

    Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Takatar˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Ichikawa Omez˘, Sawamura S˘nosuke, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Kataoka Matsunosuke, Band˘ Kamez˘

    Comments

    The usual Grand Kabuki Tour in the western provinces, in April and not in September this year.

  • Kusazuri:
    (the Tug-of-War Over the Armor)
    A short dance in the oldest style of Kabuki, leisurely and full of humor, combining the charm of an onnagata female role specialist with the larger-than-life heroism of the bombastic aragoto style of acting. The strong woman Maizuru stops the powerful, but rash, warrior Soga no Gor˘ from rushing to a fight by pulling on the set of armor he is carrying. Starring Nakamura Kazutar˘ and Nakamura Hashinosuke as Maizuru and Gor˘.
  • Ko-no-Mi/Kokingo Uchijini: (The Chestnut Tree and the Death of Kokingo)
    Wakaba-no-Naishi(Sawamura S˘nosuke), the wife of the Heike commander Koremori, travels with her young son and their retainer Kokingo (Nakamura Hashinosuke), searching for her husband. While resting in a small mountain village, they are met by Gonta (Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon), a local bully who skillfully cons them out of their money. Later they are set upon by Genji forces, and in a spectacular fight scene, Kokingo sacrifices himself to save his mistress and her son.
  • Sushiya: (The Sushi Shop)
    Gonta's father Yazaemon (Band˘ Yajűr˘) runs a sushi shop, but was formerly a retainer of Taira no Koremori. With his clan defeated, Koremori (Kataoka Takatar˘) now lives with Yazaemon's family disguised as a humble apprentice. Innocently, Yazaemon's daughter, Osato (Nakamura Kazutar˘) is in love with him. But knowing of the bounty on Koremori's head, her brother Gonta kills him and turns his wife and child over to the Genji commander. Furious at his son, Yazaemon stabs him, but before his death, Gonta reveals that he only pretended to kill Koremori and sacrificed his own wife and son to save the real Koremori and his family.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Makuhari Messe (Chiba)
    Dates ??? ~ ??? April 2020
    Ch˘kabuki
    Ultra-Kabuki
    Program

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    Casting

    Nakamura Shid˘, Hatsune Miku

    Comments

    The world of Kabuki and the world of otaku collide for the 4th 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 2020 event, an important yearly event for the otaku tribes.

     
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