JUNE 2019

3 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre), 1 in Ky˘to (Minamiza), 2 in Fukuoka (Hakataza) and 1 in Shimonoseki (Shimonoseki Shimin Kaikan)!

  • Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Kaishun, Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Band˘ Takesabur˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Onoe Matsuya and Nakamura Kotar˘ perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Shikan, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Ichikawa Sadanji, Nakamura Baishi and Onoe Sh˘roku perform at the Hakataza!
  • Nakamura Ganjir˘ and Nakamura Kazutar˘ perform at the National Theatre!
  • Nakamura Baigyoku and young actors perform at the Minamiza!
  • Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs at the Shimonoseki Shimin Kaikan!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 1 ~ 25 June 2019
    Rokugatsu ďkabuki
    June Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Kotobuki Shiki Sanbas˘

    Onna Kurumabiki

    Kajiwara Heiz˘ Homare no Ishikiri
    (Ishikiri Kajiwara)

    Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai (Fűin Giri)

    Evening

    Tsukiakari Mezasu Furusato (Fűunjitachi)

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Kaishun, Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Band˘ Takesabur˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Onoe Matsuya, Nakamura Kotar˘, Ichikawa Omez˘, Nakamura Matsue, Matsumoto Kingo, Sawamura Yoshijir˘, ďtani Keiz˘, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Ichikawa Juen, Sawamura S˘nosuke, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Yonekichi, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Takanosuke, ďtani Hirotar˘, Ichikawa K˘tar˘, Nakamura Tsurumatsu, Kataoka Matsunosuke, Yashima Norito

    Comments

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

    Hakataza (Fukuoka)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 June 2019
    Rokugatsu Hakataza ďkabuki
    June Hakataza Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Gion Sairei Shink˘ki (Kinkakuji)

    Yasuna

    Nozarashi Gosuke

    Evening

    Komochi Yamanba
    (Yaegiri Kuruwa Banashi)

    Tsuchi Gumo

    Gonza to Sukejű

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Shikan, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Ichikawa Sadanji, Nakamura Baishi, Onoe Sh˘roku, Ichimura Manjir˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Band˘ Kamez˘, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘, Band˘ Shűch˘, Onoe Ukon, Nakamura Mantar˘, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Ichimura Kitsutar˘

    Comments

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

  • Kinkakuji: "Kinkakuji" retains the epic scale of plays adapted from the Bunraku puppet theater and is full of miracles and larger-than-life characters common on the puppet stage. It is full of the classical forms of all kinds of stylized characters and the role of Princess Yuki is considered to be one of the most difficult and beautiful roles for an onnagata female role specialist. Matsunaga Daizen (Onoe Sh˘roku) has defeated the Sh˘gun and has set up base in the Golden Pavilion. The brilliant strategist Hisayoshi, disguised as a disgruntled retainer named T˘kichi (Nakamura Shikan), pretends to come under Daizen's employ to try to sabotage his plans from within. Princess Yuki (Nakamura Baishi) is being held prisoner by Daizen, but is able to free herself by drawing a mouse in the cherry petals of the tree that she is tied to. It comes to life and chews the ropes holding her. Starring the best of the actors in their prime in a production sure to be full of fire and excitement. Featuring also Nakamura Tokiz˘ and Ichimura Manjir˘ in the roles of Kan˘nosuke Naonobu and Keijuin.
  • Yasuna: after the death of his lover, the handsome young Yasuna wanders through the open fields madly searching for his love. The tragedy is a contrast to the beautiful setting, a field of brilliant yellow flowers and the lush, sensuous Kiyomoto narrative music that accompanies it. Starring Nakamura Senjaku in the role of Yasuna.
  • Nozarashi Gosuke: this is a sewamono play, a work portraying in a realistic way the lives of ordinary people in the Edo period (1603-1868). Gosuke (Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘) is a chivalrous commoner in ďsaka and a pupil of a famous priest. Being a very handsome and suave man, he finds himself proposed to by two women. But he is perplexed because he is undergoing ascetic practices. Nor is this all, having inadvertently insulted a local gang boss, he is challenged by the gang. Since it is the anniversary of his mother's death, however, he refrains from fighting back due to his religious observances. Finally, he takes his own revenge on the gang boss later, in front of a large temple gate in a spectacular fight scene. Featuring also Nakamura Tokiz˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Ichikawa Danz˘, Ichikawa Sadanji and Nakamura Baishi.
  • Yaegiri Kuruwa Banashi: Yamanba, or the mountain hag, has been celebrated for centuries in traditional Japanese dance and theater. In the Kabuki version, Yamanba becomes a beautiful woman, a courtesan who becomes the wife of the samurai Tokiyuki and retreats to the mountains to miraculously give birth to the powerful warrior Sakata Kintoki. This play was originally by the great Chikamatsu Monzaemon I and is a classic of Kansai style Kabuki. Nakamura Tokiz˘ appears as the courtesan who tells the humorous story of a fight between courtesans over a handsome man and then mysteriously becomes pregnant by the spirit of her husband. Starring Nakamura Shikan and Onoe Sh˘roku in the roles of Yaegiri's husband Sakata Tokiyuki and the villain ďta Jűr˘. Featuring also Onoe Kikunosuke.
  • Tsuchi Gumo: a dance play adapted from the classical theatre. The samurai Lord Minamoto Raik˘ is famous in legend for ridding Ky˘to of demons. While Raik˘ is confined to bed with illness, a priest (Onoe Kikunosuke) from a prominent temple comes to pray for his health. In fact, the priest is actually the spirit of the earth spider which has caused Raik˘'s illness in the first place and hopes to destroy him. The spider's plan to kill Raik˘ is defeated by his retainers (the famous shitenn˘) in an exciting fight. Featuring Nakamura Baishi as Raik˘.
  • Gonza to Sukejű: in this comedy by Okamoto Kid˘, two palanquin bearers constantly argue and their wives, but when they witness a murder, it changes everything in the nagaya tenement where they live. This modern play takes one of the classic stories of the wise magistrage ďoka Tadasuke and looks at it from the point of view of common townspeople. Starring Nakamura Shikan and Onoe Sh˘roku in the roles of Gonza and Sukejű. Featuring also Nakamura Senjaku, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Band˘ Kamez˘ and Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 24 June 2019
    Rokugatsu Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitsu
    June Kabuki Appreciation Class
    Program

    Kabuki no Mikata

    Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi (Tonbŕ Sumika)

    Casting

    Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Nakamura Toranosuke

    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 the drama "Tonbŕ Sumika".

  • Tonbŕ Sumika: this play was written by Hiraga Gennai, an Edo inventor, explorer and writer of comic fiction. Young Ofune is the obedient daughter of her evil father Tonbŕ, the keeper of a river crossing. She meets and falls in love with a young fugitive. Unfortunately, her father wants to capture the fugitive for a reward and Ofune can only save his life by sacrificing her own. Starring Nakamura Kazutar˘ and his father Nakamura Ganjir˘ in the roles of Ofune and Tonbŕ.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 June 2019
    Program

    NARUTO

    Casting

    Band˘ Minosuke, Nakamura Hayato, Nakamura Baigyoku, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Ichikawa En'ya, Nakamura Umemaru, Ichinose Hidekazu, Kashima Noritoshi

    Comments

    Kishimoto Masashi's internationally popular manga "NARUTO" got its Kabuki adaptation in August 2018 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, under the supervision of G2 (both writer and director). This month it is staged in Ky˘to at the Minamiza. The roles of Uzumaki Naruto and Uchiha Sasuke are played by Band˘ Minosuke and Nakamura Hayato. The guest star Nakamura Baigyoku plays the role of Uchiha Madara.

  • NARUTO: Once upon a time, a monstrous fox demon called Nine-Tails controlled by a mysterious masked man visited the Land of Fire and created chaos and disaster. In the Land of Fire, there was a village of ninjas called Konohagakure Village. In an attempt to save the land, the chief of the village, the 'Fourth Hokage', sacrificed his own life to seal Nine-Tails into the stomach of his newborn son, Uzumaki Naruto (Band˘ Minosuke). Naruto attends the Ninja Academy with the aim of becoming a mature Ninja, but instead he proves a problem child. He has been lonely throughout his life due to the hatred everyone feels towards him for having Nine-Tails sealed within him. After graduating the Ninja Academy, together with Uchiha Sasuke (Nakamura Hayato) and Sakura Haruno, he joins the team commanded by Kakashi Hatake and works as a Ninja of Konohagakure Village. Naruto works hard to be accepted by the villagers, but at the same time he feels a sense of rivalry with Sasuke who is always ahead of him. Yet, somehow, he also has sympathy with the shadow Sasuke casts over him and feels a bond of friendship. On the other hand, Sasuke himself has a dark past. When he was just a child, his elder brother Itachi Uchiha killed the whole Uchiha clan including his own parents. Since that time, Sasuke has built an emotional barrier between himself and others and has trained to become stronger than anyone else with the sole intention of killing his brother who had escaped the village. Naruto and Sasuke face many challenges but soon meet Jiraiya, who will become Naruto's master, and Tsunade, who will become the Fifth Hokage. He also has a fight with Orochimaru, a fugitive Ninja who tries to destroy Konohagakure Village. Eventually, Naruto's battle against his powerful earth-shaking enemy Uchiha Madara (Nakamura Baigyoku) begins.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Shimonoseki Shimin Kaikan (Shimonoseki)
    Dates 28 June 2019
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Tokubetsu Buy˘ K˘en
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Special Dance Performances
    Program

    Omemie K˘j˘

    Yukari no Tsuki

    Kosunoto

    Kane-ga-Misaki

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘

    Comments

    A special Buy˘ program starring the amazing Living National Treasure onnagata Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in Shimonoseki at the Shimonoseki Shimin Kaikan (Shimonoseki Civic Center). It celebrates the 130th anniversary of the city of Akamagaseki, the former name of Shimonoseki.

     
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