HASHI BENKEI
   
Dance title Hashi Benkei  In Japanese
Author Kineya Kangor˘ III (music)
History

The dance "Hashi Benkei" was premiered in April 1912 at the Kabukiza [more details]. It used a musical accompaniment which was written in 1868.

Key words Goj˘bashi
Ennosuke Shijűhassen
Kaka Jűkyoku
Matsubamemono
Musashib˘ Benkei
Nagauta
Shosagoto
Ushiwakamaru
Summary

This dance portrays the famous story of Ushiwakamaru who faces the long sword wielding Benkei at the Goj˘ Bridge in Ky˘to. At first, Benkei mistakenly thinks Ushiwakamaru is a woman and approaches him. Benkei realizes his mistake when Ushiwakamaru kicks Benkei's long sword. Angrily, Benkei challenges the young Ushiwakamaru and the two fight intensely. Benkei Is completely out-foxed by the swift Ushiwakamaru and in the end, he surrenders and agrees to become Ushiwakamaru's servant.

Source: Nihon Buy˘

The dance "Hashi Benkei" (print made by K˘un)

 
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