MAY 2003

5 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Shinbashi Enbuj˘, NHK Hall), 1 in Fukuoka (Hakataza) and 1 tour (Chikamatsuza)!

  • The Naritaya and Otowaya guilds celebrate at the Kabukiza an important shűmei for 3 outstanding supporting actors!
  • Nakamura Ganjir˘ and his 2 sons (Kanjaku and Senjaku) tour together with the Chikamatsuza!
  • Matsumoto K˘shir˘ and his son Ichikawa Somegor˘ perform at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘!
  • Ichikawa Ennosuke and his troupe perform at the Hakataza!
  • The Zenshinza troupe performs at National Theatre!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 27 May 2003 (Dankikusai Gogatsu ďkabuki)
    MatinÚe

    Sayaate

    Genpei Nunobiki no Taki
    (Sanemori Monogatari)

    K˘j˘

    Kiwametsuki Banzui Ch˘bŕ

    Evening

    Shibaraku

    Tsuyu Kosode Mukashi Hachij˘ (Kamiyui Shinza)

    Kappore

    Casting

    Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Onoe Kikugor˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Band˘ Mitsugor˘, Sawamura Tanosuke, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Shibajaku, Onoe Kikunosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Ichikawa Omez˘, Ichimura Manjir˘, Ichikawa Otora

    Comments

    This memorial program celebrates the 100th anniversaries of the death of the Meiji stars Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and Onoe Kikugor˘ V. It is also the shűmei of 3 actors:

  • Band˘ Sh˘nosuke takes the name of Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ IV by playing the roles of Mizuno Jűr˘zaemon, Kashima Nyűd˘ Shinsai and a bonze in the dramas "Kiwametsuki Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ", "Shibaraku" and "Kappore".
  • Kataoka Jűz˘ VI takes the name of Kataoka Ichiz˘ VI by playing the roles of Senoo Jűr˘, Danjűr˘'s stage assistant and a bonze in the dramas "Sanemori Monogatari", "Shibaraku" and "Kappore".
  • Ichikawa Otora VI takes the name of Ichikawa Omez˘ VI by playing the roles of Dejiri Seibŕ, Narita Gor˘ and a bonze in the dramas "Kiwametsuki Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ", "Shibaraku" and "Kappore".
  • This is also the first stage appearance of the son of Ichikawa Omez˘ VI, who receives the name of Ichikawa Otora VII and plays the roles of Ch˘bŕ's son Ch˘matsu and the little apprentice Ch˘matsu in the plays "Kiwametsuki Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ" and "Kamiyui Shinza".

    Chikamatsuza Tour
    Dates 2 ~ 23 May 2003
    Program

    Kanhasshű Tsunagi Uma

    Renjishi

    Casting

    Nakamura Ganjir˘, Band˘ Takesabur˘, Nakamura Kanjaku, Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Kichiya, Kamimura Kichiya

    Comments

    17th edition of the Chikamatsuza tour, reviving Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Kanhasshű Tsunagi Uma", written for the puppets in 1724. According to the scholars, it is one the longest works written by Chikamatsu Monzaemon (5 acts) and it deals with the fight between Taira Yoshikado and his younger sister Koch˘, son and daughter of the defeated warrior Taira no Masakado, against the victorious Genji clan. Monzaemon added some fantastic elements like the dead spirit of Koch˘ haunting the world of Humans as a giant ground spider.

    Chikamatsuza tour schedule:

    Theater Dates
    National Theatre (T˘ky˘) 2 ~ 4 May
    Minamiza (Ky˘to) 6 ~ 8 May
    Shimin Kaikan (Okayama) 14 May
    Namikiri Hall (ďsaka) 15 May
    Archaic Hall (Amagasaki) 16 May
    Renassa Nagato (Yamaguchi) 17 ~ 18 May
    Oigawa-machi Bunka Kaikan (Shizuoka) 21 May
    Shimin Kaikan (Machida) 23 May
    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 1 ~ 25 May 2003
    Program

    Yume no Nakaz˘ Senbon Zakura

    Casting

    Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Kataoka Roen, Matsumoto Kingo, Matsumoto K˘emon, Sawamura Tetsunosuke, Sawamura S˘nosuke, Ichikawa Komaz˘, ďtani Tomoemon, Hayabusa Tar˘

    Comments

    Third edition of an original play, combining Kabuki and modern acting. The main character is the eighteenth century Kabuki actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ I, portrayed by Matsumoto K˘shir˘. His son Ichikawa Somegor˘ plays the role of the actor Nakamura Konoz˘.

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 9 ~ 22 May 2003 (Zenshinza Gogatsu K˘en)
    Program

    Tsuyu Kosode Mukashi Hachij˘ (Kamiyui Shinza)

    Casting

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

    Comments

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    Hakataza (Fukuoka)
    Dates 4 ~ 27 May 2003
    Program

    Shin Sangokushi III

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ennosuke, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Danshir˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Nakamura Karoku, Ichikawa Danjir˘, Ichikawa Kamejir˘, Ichikawa Ukon, Ichikawa Shun'en, Ichikawa En'ya, Ichikawa Juen

    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 29 May 2003 (Koten Gein˘ Kansh˘ Kai)
    Program

    Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji

    Casting

    Nakamura Tomijűr˘

    Comments

    30th 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. This program celebrates the 250th anniversary of the first performance of the great dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji", created by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

     
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