MAY 1998

5 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Shinbashi Enbuj˘ and NHK Hall), 2 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza) and 1 in Miyajima (Ikutsushima)!

  • The Naritaya guild (Ichikawa Danjűr˘ and his son Shinnosuke), the Otowaya guild (Onoe Kikugor˘, his son Kikunosuke and Onoe Tatsunosuke) and the Ky˘ya guild (Nakamura Jakuemon and his son Shibajaku) perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Kataoka Nizaemon, Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Tomijűr˘ and Nakamura Kankur˘ perform at the Sh˘chikuza!
  • Nakamura Kichiemon and Nakamura Fukusuke perform at the Ikutsushima Shrine!
  • The Zenshinza Troupe performs at the National Theatre!
  • Ichikawa Ennosuke and his troupe perform at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 May 1998 (Dankikusai Gogatsu ďkabuki)
    MatinÚe

    Uir˘ Uri

    Gozonji Suzu-ga-Mori

    Su˘ Otoshi

    Nozarashi Gosuke

    Evening

    Okuni to Gohei

    Funa Benkei

    Edo Sodachi Omatsuri Sashichi

    Casting

    Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Shibajaku, Onoe Kikunosuke, Onoe Tatsunosuke, Ichikawa Shinnosuke, Onoe Matsusuke, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Ichimura Manjir˘, Band˘ Yasosuke, Nakamura T˘z˘, Ichikawa Unosuke, ďtani Tomoemon, ďtani Keiz˘, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Sawamura Yoshijir˘, Nakamura Utae, Matsumoto Kingo, Matsumoto K˘emon, Band˘ Shűch˘, Ichimura Kakitsu, Kataoka Jűz˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Band˘ Kametoshi, Band˘ Kamesabur˘, Nakamura Tamatar˘

    Comments

    The great yearly Dankiku festival for the Naritaya and Otowaya guilds, which commemorates 2 great stars of the Meiji era: Dan = Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and Kiku = Onoe Kikugor˘ V.

    Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates 1 ~ 25 May 1998 (Gogatsu ďkabuki)
    MatinÚe

    Sh˘gun Edo o Saru

    Iwashi Uri Koi no Hikiami

    Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba

    Evening

    Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki (Hikimado)

    K˘j˘

    Sukeroku Kuruwa no Hatsuzakura

    Casting

    Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Nakamura Kankur˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Kataoka Roen, Nakamura Kanjaku, Kataoka Gat˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Takatar˘

    Comments

    Nizaemon celebrates his second month of shűmei in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza by playing the roles of Fukuoka Mitsugi and Sukeroku in the plays "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba" and "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Hatsuzakura".

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 9 ~ 20 May 1998 (Zenshinza Gogatsu K˘en)
    Program

    Kuma no Uta

    Osome Hisamatsu Ukina no Yomiuri (Osome no Nanayaku)

    Casting

    Nakamura Umenosuke, Arashi Keishi, Kawarazaki Kunitar˘, Nakamura Tsuruz˘, Ichikawa Sh˘nosuke, Nakamura Seinosuke, Nakamura Baijaku, Yamazaki Ryűnosuke, Fujikawa Yanosuke, Yamamura Kunijir˘

    Comments

    Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ VI celebrates his shűmei by playing seven roles of the play "Osome no Nanayaku".

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 1 ~ 23 May 1998
    Program Oguri
    Casting

    Ichikawa Ennosuke, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Danshir˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Nakamura Karoku, Ichikawa Danjir˘, Ichikawa Kamejir˘, Ichikawa Ukon

    Comments

    Ichikawa Ennosuke and his 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!

    NHK Hall (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 27 May 1998 (Koten Gein˘ Kansh˘ Kai)
    Program Genpei Nunobiki no Taki (Sanemori Monogatari)
    Casting

    Ichikawa Sadanji, Sawamura S˘jűr˘, Ichimura Uzaemon, Ichimura Manjir˘, Matsumoto K˘emon

    Comments

    25th edition of Koten Gein˘ Kansh˘ Kai (literally the "Classics Entertainment Appreciation Association"), a yearly performance produced by the National TV network NHK. The program includes one ky˘gen, one Kabuki play, one traditional dance and traditional music.

    Ikutsushima Jinja (Miyajima)
    Dates 7 ~ 9 May 1998 (Miyajima Kabuki)
    Program

    Shiokumi

    Noboru Ryű Wakare no Setouchi (Fujito)

    Casting

    Nakamura Kichiemon, Nakamura Kash˘, Sawamura S˘jűr˘, Nakamura Fukusuke

    Comments

    Rare open air performance in the most famous shrine of Japan. The script of the second play has been written by Nakamura Kichiemon.

     
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