JUNE 2005

4 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Theatre Cocoon), 2 in Fukuoka (Hakataza), 1 in Ky˘to (Minamiza), 1 in Nagoya (Chűnichi Theatre) and 2 tours (Kansai and Zenshinza)!

  • Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Kichiemon, Nakamura Tomijűr˘ and Nakamura Tokiz˘ perform at the Kabukiza!
  • The Naritaya, Otowaya and Ky˘ya guilds perform at the Hakataza!
  • Nakamura Hashinosuke and Nakamura Fukusuke perform at the Theatre Cocoon!
  • Band˘ Tamasabur˘ and Nakamura Shid˘ perform at the Minamiza!
  • Nakamura Shinjir˘ performs at the National Theatre!
  • Ichikawa Ennosuke and his troupe perform at the Chűnichi Theatre!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 June 2005 (Rokugatsu ďkabuki)
    MatinÚe

    Shinshű Kawanakajima Gassen (Terutora Haizen)

    Su˘ Otoshi

    Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai

  • Fűin Giri
  • Ninokuchi-mura
  • Evening

    Kamikakete Sango Taisetsu

    Ry˘kan to Komori

    Oshiegusa Yoshiwara Suzume

    Casting

    Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Kichiemon, Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘ Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Baigyoku, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura T˘z˘, Kataoka Roen, Nakamura Tamatar˘, Onoe Ukon, Nakamura Dai

    Comments

    "Kamikakete Sango Taisetsu" is staged to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birthday of the playwright Tsuruya Nanboku IV, starring Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Kichiemon and Nakamura Tokiz˘ in the roles of Sasanoya Sangor˘, Satsuma Gengobŕ and the courtesan Koman

    Hakataza (Fukuoka)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 June 2005 (Rokugatsu ďkabuki)
    MatinÚe

    Genji Monogatari

    Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori (Kisen)

    Evening

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Torii Mae)

    K˘j˘

    Yasuna

    Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Shibajaku, Sawamura Tanosuke, Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danshir˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Ichikawa Kamejir˘, Onoe Sh˘roku, Ichimura Kakitsu, Ichikawa Unosuke, Ichikawa Omez˘, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘, Sawamura S˘nosuke, Band˘ Kametoshi, Onoe Matsuya

    Comments

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘ celebrates his shűmei in Fukuoka at the Hakataza, playing the roles of Hikaru-no-Kimi and Sukeroku in the dramas "Genji Monogatari" and "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura". This is also the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘'s talented disciple Ichikawa Shinz˘ VI.

    Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 5 ~ 26 June 2005
    Program Sakura Hime
    Casting

    Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Fukusuke, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Nakamura Kantar˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke

    Comments Sixth edition of the original Cocoon Kabuki performance, which recreates the atmosphere of the Edo koshibai and brings the actors closer to the audience. The play "Sakura Hime" is a new version of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", revised by Kushida Kazuyoshi. This is the first Theatre Cocoon production without the star Nakamura Kanzabur˘.
    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 1 ~ 24 June 2005 (Rokugatsu Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitsu)
    Program Kenuki
    Casting

    Nakamura Shinjir˘

    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 of Kabuki or some aspects of the art like music, stage tricks or fighting scenes, followed by the bombastic play "Kenuki", which stars Nakamura Shinjir˘ in the role of Kumedera Danj˘.

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 2 ~ 20 June 2005 (Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Tokubetsu Buy˘ K˘en)
    Program

    Ame no Gor˘

    Sumidagawa

    Funa Benkei

    Casting

    Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Nakamura Shid˘, Band˘ Takesabur˘, Band˘ Shinsha

    Comments

    Special Kabuki dance-program starring Band˘ Tamasabur˘ and Nakamura Shid˘. The second dance, "Sumidagawa", is staged with a newly-created Nagauta-based musical accompaniment. This program also celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Takesabur˘'s disciple Band˘ Shinsha IV, who plays the role of Yoshitsune in "Funa Benkei".

    Educational Kabuki tour in Kansai
    Date 2 ~ 19 June 2005
    Program

    Shinpan Utazaimon (Nozaki-mura)

    Casting

    Kataoka Gat˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Kataoka Shinnosuke

    Comments

    30th edition of an educational Kabuki tour in Kansai, starring Kataoka Gat˘ and Kamimura Kichiya in the roles of Kyűbŕ and his daughter Omitsu.

    Chűnichi Theatre (Nagoya)
    Dates 4 ~ 26 June 2005
    Program Yamato Takeru
    Casting

    Ichikawa Ukon, Ichikawa Danjir˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Ichikawa Shun'en, Ichikawa En'ya, Ichikawa Juen

    Comments

    Ichikawa Ennosuke's troupe of young and talented actors perform a modern style of theater, which they created a few years ago and called "Super Kabuki" (SűpÔ Kabuki in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's lingo): it's spectacular (lots of chűnori), the costums are gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated, the music is modern, the texts are easy to understand and the plots are as twisted as a good Kabuki classic. Usually a big commercial success! "Yamato Takeru" was the first SűpÔ Kabuki drama of the Omodakaya guild. For this revival, the leading role of Yamato Takeru is played by both Ichikawa Danjir˘ and Ichikawa Ukon.

    Ichikawa Ennosuke is on sick leave and does not perform in this production.

    Zenshinza Tour in Kyűshű
    Dates 2 ~ 25 June 2005
    Program

    Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku

    Casting

    Arashi Hironari, Fujikawa Yanosuke, Osagawa Genjir˘

     
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