JUNE 2017

4 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Theatre Cocoon), 2 in Fukuoka (Hakataza), 1 in Ky˘tango (Tango Bunka Kaikan) and 3 in Nagoya (Aichi Arts Center, Heisei Nakamuraza)!

  • Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Ichikawa Sadanji, Onoe Sh˘roku, Onoe Matsuya, Nakamura Karoku and Nakamura Matagor˘ perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Onoe Kikunosuke and Nakamura Shid˘ perform at the Hakataza!
  • Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Yajűr˘ and Kataoka Kamez˘ perform at the Heisei Nakamuraza!
  • Nakamura Kinnosuke and Kataoka Takatar˘ perform at the National Theatre!
  • Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs at the Aichi Arts Center!
  • Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs at the Tango Bunka Kaikan!
  • Ichikawa Ebiz˘ performs at the Theatre Cocoon!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 June 2017 (Rokugatsu ďkabuki)
    June Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Meigetsu Hachiman Matsuri

    Ukiyo Buro

    Gosho Zakura Horikawa no Youchi (Benkei J˘shi)

    Evening

    Kamakura Sandaiki
    (Kinugawa-mura Kankyo)

    Soga Moy˘ Tateshi no Goshozome
    (Gosho no Goroz˘)

    Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Ichikawa Sadanji, Onoe Sh˘roku, Onoe Matsuya, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Band˘ Kamez˘

    Comments

    The traditional two programs for the June Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza.

    Hakataza (Fukuoka)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 June 2017 (Rokugatsu Hakataza ďkabuki)
    June Hakataza Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Kurumabiki)

    Fuji Musume

    Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi (Keya-mura)

    Kumo ni Magou Ueno no Hatsuhana (K˘chiyama)

    Evening

    Shinshű Kawanakajima Gassen (Terutora Haizen)

    K˘j˘

    Seizoroi Kotobuki Renjishi

    K˘suke Mochi

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Shid˘, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Nakamura Utanosuke

    Comments

    The traditional two programs for the June Grand Kabuki at the Hakataza. Nakamura Shikan VIII and his three sons, Nakamura Hashinosuke IV, Nakamura Fukunosuke III and Nakamura Utanosuke IV, celebrate their shűmei in Fukuoka at the Hakataza!

    Heisei Nakamuraza (Nagoya)
    Dates 1 ~ 26 June 2017
    MatinÚe

    Kotobuki Soga no Taimen

    Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai (Fűin Giri)

    Omatsuri

    Evening

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura
    (Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata)

    Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami

  • Hamamatsuya
  • Inasegawa Seizoroi
  • Adayume

    Casting

    Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Mantar˘, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Toranosuke, Nakamura Kamenoj˘

    Comments

    The Heisei Nakamuraza is in Nagoya for the third time. The first time, it was a short stay as part of the long September 2006 tour in the western provinces. The second time occured in September 2009.

  • Soga no Taimen: this is one of the oldest and most classical of all Kabuki plays. In the Edo period, every January, plays appeared about the vendetta carried out by the Soga brothers Jűr˘ and Gor˘ after eighteen years of hardship. In "Soga no Taimen" the brothers confront Kud˘ Suketsune, the man responsible for their father's death. More ceremony than play, it features each of the important Kabuki character types, including the bombastic aragoto style of Gor˘ and the soft wagoto style of Jűr˘. This month features a cast headed by Band˘ Yajűr˘ as Kud˘ and some of the most popular young stars in Kabuki with Nakamura Mantar˘ as Gor˘ and Nakamura Baishi as Jűr˘. Featuring also Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke and Nakamura Senjaku in the roles of Kobayashi no Asahina, ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) and Oni˘ Shinzaemon.
  • Fűin Giri:
    (Breaking the Seals)
    In the pleasure quarters, the most important possessions were money and reputation. In danger of losing his lover, the courtesan Umegawa, the money courier Kameya Chűbŕ breaks the seals on a package of money entrusted to him after being taunted by a rival, even though the use of such money is punishable by death. Starring Nakamura Senjaku as Chűbŕ, Nakamura Shichinosuke as Umegawa, Nakamura Kankur˘ as Chűbŕ's treacherous friend Tanbaya Hachiemon and Nakamura Kamenoj˘ as Oen, the proprietress of the teahouse.
  • Omatsuri: Nakamura Kankur˘ as a gallant fireman boss at a festival telling a rueful tale of failure in love and showing the vigorous work songs of firefighters.
  • Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata: the epic "Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees" ("Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura") features many characters around the famous general Yoshitsune, but none more memorable than a magic fox that takes the guise of Tadanobu, one of Yoshitsune's most trusted retainers. The fox wants to get close to a precious drum that Yoshitsune has made from the skins of his fox parents. In this excerpt from the longer play, the fox reveals his true identity with a series of spectacular stage tricks and Yoshitsune is moved to grant him the drum. Starring Nakamura Senjaku as the fox Tadanobu. Also featuring Nakamura Baishi and Nakamura Kankur˘ as Shizuka Gozen and Minamoto no Yoshitsune.
  • Benten Musume: this play is a sewamono (realistic play about commoners) written by the late 19th century playwright Mokuami who is famous for his plays about thieves. The thief Benten Koz˘ dresses up as a woman to commit extortion, but his plans are ruined when his disguise is seen through. In the highlight of the play, he undresses, showing his colorful tattoos and introduces himself in a famous poetic speech. Afterwards, he is joined by the members of his gang on a riverbank, and, using the playwright's famous poetic rhythms, in turn, they each boast of their careers as thieves. Nakamura Shichinosuke stars as Benten Koz˘, with ACT as Nippon Daemon, Kataoka Kamez˘ as Nang˘ Rikimaru, Nakamura Mantar˘ as Tadanobu Rihei and Nakamura Baishi as Akaboshi Jűzabur˘.
  • Adayume:
    (A False Dream)
    Nakamura Kankur˘ plays a badger in love with the beautiful courtesan Miyuki (Nakamura Shichinosuke) in the Shimabara pleasure quarters in Ky˘to. In order to woo her, the badger transforms into the dance teacher (Band˘ Shingo) that Miyuki loves, in a role originally created for Nakamura Kankur˘'s grandfather Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website
    Sasaguchi Rei for "Adayume"

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 24 June 2017 (Rokugatsu Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitsu)
    June Kabuki Appreciation Class
    Program

    Kenuki

    Casting

    Nakamura Kinnosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘

    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. It is followed by the drama "Kenuki".

    Aichi Arts Center (Nagoya)
    Dates 31 May ~ 2 June 2017 (Band˘ Tamasabur˘ x Kod˘ Tokubetsu Buy˘ K˘en)
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ x Kod˘ Special Dance Performances
    Program

    Yűgen

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘

    Comments

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs in Nagoya at the Aichi Arts Center along with the Kod˘ taiko drummers in a newly-created dance-drama entitled "Yűgen", which features an array of classical Japanese images from plays by founder Zeami Motokiyo, incorporating themes from iconic works such as "Hagoromo" (The Feather Robe), "D˘j˘ji" (D˘j˘ji Temple) and "Shakky˘" (The Stone Bridge). Band˘ Tamasabur˘ shares the stage with the dance master Hanayagi Jusuke IV and his disciples.

    Tango Bunka Kaikan (Ky˘tango)
    Dates 24 ~ 25 June 2017 (Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Tokubetsu Buy˘ K˘en)
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Special Dance Performances
    Program

    Omemie K˘j˘

    Aki no Irokusa

    Hagoromo

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘

    Comments

    A special Buy˘ program starring the amazing Living National Treasure onnagata Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in Ky˘tango at the Tango Bunka Kaikan (Tango Culture Center). A place named Mineyama, now part of Ky˘tango, had a close connection with the Hagoromo legend.

  • K˘j˘: the close relationship between the actors and the audience is shown by stage announcements, usually lavish ceremonies to commemorate various important events. This month at the Tango Bunka Kaikan, it is a stage speech done by Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘.
  • Aki no Irokusa:
    (The Colors of Autumn)
    A beautiful dance about autumn and all its associated images : morning glories, violets, arrowroot, pampas grass, the cry of passing geese sounding over the sailing ships, the sweet cacophony of insects, the moon and winds of autumn. Starring Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘.
  • Hagoromo: the legend of the angel who came to earth to bathe and then had her heavenly feathered robe stolen by a fisherman is famous in all forms of Japanese theater. This month features an elegant dance version of the story with Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ as the angel.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 9 ~ 25 June 2017 (ABKAI2017)
    Ebikai 2017
    Program

    Ishikawa Goemon Gaiden

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Udanji, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘, ďtani Hiromatsu, Ichikawa Kudanji, Nakayama Yűma, Maeno Tomoya, Yamada Jundai

    Comments

    Fourth edition of the ABKAI (Ebikai in Japanese), a gala for the young star Ichikawa Ebiz˘.

     
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