MAY 2020

4 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, TBS Akasaka Act Theater), 1 in Atami (MOA Museum of Art) and 1 tour (Eastern Provinces)!

  • Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Ichikawa Shinnosuke and ??? perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke and Nakamura Shid˘ perform at the TBS Akasaka Act Theater!
  • xxx are on tour in the Eastern Provinces!
  • The Zenshinza troupe performs at the National Theatre!
  • Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs at the Atami Museum of Art!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 27 May 2020
    Dankikusai Gogatsu ďkabuki
    Dankikusai May Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    ???

    Kanjinch˘

    ???

    Evening

    ???

    K˘j˘

    ???

    Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura

    ???

    Casting

    Ichikawa Danjűr˘, ???

    Comments

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI takes the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza. This is the first month of a 3-month shűmei for the Naritaya guild, from May to July 2020. In May, it is part of 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.

    TBS Akasaka Act Theater (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 5 ~ 24 May 2020
    Akasaka ďkabuki
    Akasaka Grand Kabuki
    Program

    Kaidan Botan D˘r˘

    Casting

    Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Shid˘

    Comments

    5th edition of the Akasaka Grand Kabuki, which was started in September 2008 by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII, the head of the Nakamuraya guild.

    Kabuki Tour in the Eastern Provinces
    Dates 1 ~ 26 May 2020
    Sh˘chiku ďkabuki
    Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki
    Program

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura
    (Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata)

    Renjishi

    Casting

    Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Matsue, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Nakamura Utanosuke, Nakamura Baika

    Comments

    The usual yearly Grand Kabuki Tour in the Eastern Provinces, not in July as it used to be up to 2019 but in May.

  • Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata: the epic "Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees" ("Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura") features many characters around the famous general Yoshitsune, but none more memorable than a magic fox that takes the guise of Tadanobu, one of Yoshitsune's most trusted retainers. The fox wants to get close to a precious drum that Yoshitsune has made from the skins of his fox parents. In this excerpt from the longer play, the fox reveals his true identity with a series of spectacular stage tricks and Yoshitsune is moved to grant him the drum. Starring Nakamura Hashinosuke as the fox Tadanobu. Also featuring Band˘ Shingo and Nakamura Shikan as Shizuka Gozen and Minamoto no Yoshitsune.
  • Renjishi: 2 entertainers dance a tale of the legendary shishi or lion-like spirits that live at the foot of a holy Buddhist mountain. There is a comic interlude with 2 Buddhist pilgrims. Then, the shishi themselves appear and perform their dance with wild shaking of their long manes. The dance shows a parent shishi forcing his cub to undergo harsh training in order to grow up strong. This theme is often associated with the training a parent actor gives his son. This performance is unusual because it features 2 cubs instead of one, starring Nakamura Shikan in the role of the parent shishi and his two sons, Nakamura Fukunosuke and Nakamura Utanosuke, in the roles of the cubs.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 9 ~ 20 May 2020
    Zenshinza Gogatsu K˘en
    Zenshinza May Performances
    Program

    Ayatsuri Sanbas˘

    Heike Nyogo no Shima (Shunkan)

    Tagaya no Kinta

    Casting

    Fujikawa Yanosuke, Kawarazaki Kunitar˘, Arashi Yoshisabur˘, Yamazaki Tatsusabur˘, Matsunami Kihachir˘, Tadamura Shin'ya, Watarai Motoyuki, Tamaura Yűnosuke, Hayase Einoj˘, Nakajima K˘tar˘, Takei Shigeru, Nishikawa Kazuko

    Comments

    The usual Zenshinza May program at the National Theatre!

    MOA Museum of Art (Atami)
    Dates 12 ~ 17 May 2020
    Atamiza Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Buy˘ K˘en
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Dance Performances at the Atami Theater
    Program

    Omemie K˘j˘

    Yukari no Tsuki

    Oimatsu

    Kane-ga-Misaki

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘

    Comments

    A special Buy˘ program starring the amazing Living National Treasure onnagata Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in Atami at the MOA Museum of Art.

     
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