JUNE 2018

3 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre) and 2 in Fukuoka (Hakataza)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates ??? ~ ??? June 2018
Rokugatsu ďkabuki
June Grand Kabuki

Imoseyama Onna Teikin
(Mikasayama Goten)

Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori (Bun'ya)

Nozarashi Gosuke


Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami

  • Sumiyoshi Torii Mae
  • Tsuribune Sabu Uchi
  • Nagamachi Ura
  • K˘dan Yomiya no Ame


    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Shikan, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Rakuzen, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Band˘ Kamez˘, Ichimura Kakitsu, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘, Nakamura Matsue, ďtani Keiz˘, Nakamura Kotar˘, Nakamura Yonekichi, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Arashi Kitsusabur˘, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Terashima Kazufumi


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

    Hakataza (Fukuoka)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 June 2018
    Rokugatsu Hakataza ďkabuki
    June Hakataza Grand Kabuki

    Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise (Date no Jűyaku)


    Heike Nyogo no Shima (Shunkan)


    Shin Sarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa
    (Sakanaya S˘gor˘)

    Shunky˘ Kagami Jishi


    Matsumoto Haku˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Takatar˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, ďtani Tomoemon, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Nakamura Kikaku, Ichikawa En'ya, Sawamura S˘nosuke, Matsumoto Kingo, ďtani Hirotar˘


    The traditional two programs for the June Grand Kabuki at the Hakataza. Matsumoto Haku˘ II and his son Matsumoto K˘shir˘ X celebrate their shűmei in Fukuoka at the Hakataza!

  • Date no Jűyaku: One of the most famous plays in Kabuki is "Meiboku Sendai Hagi", the story of the fabulously wealthy Date clan in Sendai and plots to take over the clan. In the early 19th century, this play was rewritten so that one actor could play all the roles, switching from one to another with fast changes. The script for this particular version was lost, but some twenty years ago, Ichikawa Ennosuke had a new version prepared and this has since become a classic of Ennosuke's style of Kabuki. Matsumoto K˘shir˘ plays ten roles, male and female, young and old, villain and hero. Featuring also Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Takatar˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘ and Matsumoto Haku˘.
  • Shunkan: the priest Shunkan (Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon) has been exiled to Devil's Island for plotting against the dictator Kiyomori. A pardon is given to his fellow conspirators, but Shunkan is only saved by an additional pardon given by Kiyomori's compassionate son. Even so, he gives up his place on the boat to freedom so his companion's new wife can accompany her husband back to the capital. The boat leaves and Shunkan is left watching is disappear in the distance, knowing he will be left on the island forever. Featuring Band˘ Yajűr˘ as the evil emissary Senoo and Nakamura Baigyoku as the merciful envoy Tanzaemon. With Kataoka Takatar˘ as the island girl Chidori and Nakamura Ganjir˘ as Naritsune, Shunkan's fellow exile who has fallen in love with her.
  • 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 stars of the cast assemble to celebrate the shűmei of Matsumoto Haku˘ II and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ X.
  • Sakanaya S˘gor˘: S˘gor˘ (Matsumoto Haku˘), a fish seller, has taken a vow to not drink, but when he learns about his sister's unjust murder at the hands of a daimy˘ lord, a death that they were told was execution for her wrongdoing, he starts to drink again. Drunk, he storms into the lord's mansion to seek an apology. This play by Meiji playwright Kawatake Mokuami is known for its realistic portrayal of members of the common class during the Edo period and highlights their fierce pride and frustration at the privileges of the dominant samurai class. Featuring also Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Kaishun and Nakamura Kazutar˘.
  • Kagami Jishi: one of the most important dances for onnagata female role specialists and is an audience favorite. The maidservant Yayoi performs an auspicious lion dance for the Sh˘gun in his opulent palace, but she gradually finds herself under the control of the lion spirit. In the second half of the dance, the lion spirit itself appears and performs its crazed dance among peonies and fluttering butterflies. Starring Matsumoto K˘shir˘ as both Yayoi and the spirit of the lion.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 24 June 2018
    Rokugatsu Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitsu
    June Kabuki Appreciation Class



    Nakamura Matagor˘, Nakamura Kash˘


    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 dance-drama "Renjishi".

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