JULY 2019

2 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza), 3 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre) and 1 tour (Eastern Provinces)!

Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
Dates 3 ~ 27 July 2019
Kansai Kabuki o Ai Suru Kai Shichigatsu ďkabuki
The 28th Kansai Kabuki Lovers Society July Grand Kabuki
MatinÚe

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Evening

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Casting

Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Gat˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Kataoka Takatar˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘

Comments

28th edition of the Kansai Kabuki Lovers Society July Grand Kabuki in ďsaka.

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates ??? ~ ??? July 2019
Shichigatsu Hanagata Kabuki
July Young Actors Kabuki
MatinÚe

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Evening

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Casting

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Comments

The usual July Grand Kabuki programs at the Kabukiza with a troupe led by Ichikawa Ebiz˘.

National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
Dates 3 ~ 24 July 2019
Shichigatsu Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitsu
July Kabuki Appreciation Class
Program

Kabuki no Mikata

Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Kurumabiki)

B˘ Shibari

Casting

Onoe Sh˘roku, Band˘ Kamez˘, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Matsue, Onoe Sakon, Nakamura Tamatar˘

Comments

Educational program at the National Theatre called Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitu ("Kabuki Appreciation Class"). This is a very interesting formula for the beginners because there is lively presentation on stage (Kabuki no Mikata) of Kabuki or some aspects of the art like music, stage tricks or fighting scenes. It is followed by "Kurumabiki" and "B˘ Shibari".

Kabuki Tour in the Eastern Provinces
Dates 30 June ~ 31 July 2019
Sh˘chiku ďkabuki
Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki
Program

K˘j˘

Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki (Hikimado)

Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame (Kasane)

Casting

Matsumoto Haku˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Matsumoto Kingo, ďtani Hirotar˘, Matsumoto K˘jaku

Comments

The usual July Grand Kabuki Tour in the Eastern Provinces, with the celebration of the shűmei of Matsumoto Haku˘ II and his son Matsumoto K˘shir˘ X.

  • 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.
  • Hikimado: originally written for the puppet theater, this play shows a tragedy of commoners caught between their duty and their feelings toward their loved ones. A sum˘ wrestler named Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ (Matsumoto Haku˘) has killed a man and takes refuge at the home of his mother. Unfortunately, her son (Matsumoto K˘shir˘) has been ordered to arrest him. All of these complicated conflicts are symbolized by the lightness and darkness created by the humble skylight (hikimado in Japanese) as a rope is pulled to move a wooden shutter. Featuring also Ichikawa Komaz˘ in the role of Ohaya.
  • Kasane: one can never escape past evils. Yoemon is fleeing to the countryside, but Kasane, the woman he abandoned, refuses to let him go. She catches up with him at a lonely river bank. A skull stabbed with a scythe appears and Kasane is possessed by its spirit, actually the spirit of her dead father, and her face suddenly becomes disfigured. She pours out her feelings of jealousy and resentment and Yoemon kills Kasane, but even after her death, he cannot escape her vengeful spirit. Starring Ichikawa Ennosuke as Kasane and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ as Yoemon.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

     
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