DECEMBER 2004

2 shows in Ky˘to (Minamiza) and 3 in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre)!

Minamiza (Ky˘to)
Dates 30 November ~ 26 December 2004 (Kichirei Kaomise K˘gy˘ Kabuki)
MatinÚe

Hakone Reigen Chikai no Adauchi

Shibaraku

Migawari Zazen

Omatsuri

Evening

Kajiwara Heiz˘ Homare no Ishikiri
(Ishikiri Kajiwara)

K˘j˘

Sumidagawa

Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura

Casting

Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Kataoka Gat˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kanjaku, Sawamura Tanosuke, Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danshir˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Ichikawa Kamejir˘, Onoe Sh˘roku, Kataoka Takatar˘, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘, Kataoka Shinnosuke

Comments

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ celebrates his shűmei in Ky˘to, playing the roles of Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa and Sukeroku in the dramas "Shibaraku" and "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates 2 ~ 26 December 2004 (Jűnigatsu ďkabuki)
MatinÚe

Komochi Yamanba
(Yaegiri Kuruwa Banashi)

Migawari Zazen

Ume Goyomi

Evening

Gozonji Suzu-ga-Mori

Izumo no Okuni Yume no Hanayagi

Tanuki

Ima ha Mukashi Momotar˘

Casting

Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Nakamura Kankur˘, Band˘ Mitsugor˘, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Ichikawa Ukon, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Nakamura Fukusuke, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Shinjir˘, Ichikawa Shun'en, Ichikawa En'ya, Ichikawa Danjir˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura T˘z˘, Ichikawa Juen

Comments

A great December program, with a few classics, whose 2 highlights are:

  • "Ume Goyomi": the rivalry of 2 geisha, played by Band˘ Tamasabur˘ and Nakamura Kankur˘, in love with the same handsome man, played by the rising young star Ichikawa Danjir˘.
  • "Ima ha Mukashi Momotar˘": a new drama written by the actress and playwright Watanabe Eriko, who revisited the myth of Momotar˘, a little boy who came to an old man and woman in a giant peach floating down a stream and grew up to vanquish the island of demons with his three companions, a dog, a monkey and a pheasant. Nakamura Kankur˘ played the role of Momotar˘ when he made his first stage appearance in April 1959. This play is a way for him to commemorate his last performance under his current name, before taking the name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII next year!
  • National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 4 ~ 26 December 2004
    Program

    Hana Fubuki Koi no Tekagami

    Kanjinch˘

    Casting

    Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Shibajaku, Ichikawa Somegor˘

    Comments

    Revival of the short drama "Hana Fubuki Koi no Tekagami", commonly called "Chichi Morai" (literally "begging for motherĺs milk"), written by the 19th century star Nakamura Utaemon III (under his pen name of Kanazawa Ryűgoku I): "this shows handsome young Kan˘ Shirojir˘ who prefers playing with courtesans to spending time with his wife Koyuki. In fact, heĺs never slept with her. And he isnĺt even ashamed to beg for money from her to pay his mountain of debts. But after she selflessly gives him money, unknown to him, she is abducted. Some months later, Shirojir˘ is given a baby to care for, because it will bring him some money. But in the Edo Period, it was very difficult for a man to raise a baby, because the only way to feed the baby was to find a woman with extra milk willing to feed the child. Shirojir˘ finds a woman who will feed the baby and discovers that it is Koyuki and that the baby is hers. This is an opportunity for Shirojir˘ to be very elaborately jealous before the riddle of the babyĺs father and the identity of the man keeping Koyuki is revealed and everything ends happily." (from Earphone Guide website)

     
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