MAY 2000

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

  • The Naritaya guild (Ichikawa Danjűr˘ and his son Shinnosuke), Otowaya guild (Onoe Kikugor˘, his son Kikunosuke and Onoe Tatsunosuke) and the star Band˘ Tamasabur˘ perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Nakamura Kichiemon, Nakamura Fukusuke and Nakamura Baigyoku perform at the Sh˘chikuza!
  • The Zenshinza Troupe performs at the National Theatre!
  • Ichikawa Ennosuke and his troupe perform at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 27 May 2000 (Dankikusai Gogatsu ďkabuki)
    MatinÚe Genji Monogatari
    Evening

    Honch˘ Nijűshik˘ (Jusshuk˘)

    Mochizuki

    Miyakodori Nagare no Shiranami

    Casting

    Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Onoe Kikugor˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Ichimura Uzaemon, Sawamura Tanosuke, Band˘ Yasosuke, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Shibajaku, Ichikawa Shinnosuke, Onoe Kikunosuke, Onoe Tatsunosuke, Band˘ Sh˘nosuke, Band˘ Shűch˘

    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. The first show is dedicated to a new Kabuki adaptation of a Japanese Literature classic starring the 3 Suke of Heisei Era (Heisei no Sansuke: Shinnosuke, Kikunosuke and Tatsunosuke). The highlight of the second show is the first performance of the young star Onoe Kikunosuke in the difficult role of Princess Yaegaki in the play "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘".

    Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates 1 ~ 25 May 2000 (Gogatsu ďkabuki)
    MatinÚe

    Genpei Nunobiki no Taki
    (Sanemori Monogatari)

    Kioi Jishi

    Saig˘ to Butahime

    Evening

    Shuzenji Monogatari

    Tomoe Gozen

    Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame

    Casting

    Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Nakamura Kichiemon, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Matsue, Nakamura Kash˘, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura T˘z˘, Kataoka Roen, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Nakamura Shinjir˘, Nakamura Tamatar˘

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 12 ~ 22 May 2000 (Zenshinza Gogatsu K˘en)
    Program

    Godairiki Koi no Fűjime

    Ukare B˘zu

    Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri

    Casting

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

    Comments

    A classic program for the Zenshinza troupe, commemorating the memory of Kawarasaki Kunitar˘ V.

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 1 ~ 23 May 2000
    Program Shin Sangokushi
    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 28 May 2000 (Koten Gein˘ Kansh˘ Kai)
    Program Kuruwa Bunsh˘ (Yoshidaya)
    Casting

    Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Shikan, Kataoka Nizaemon

    Comments

    27th 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.

     
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