MAY 2020
Cancellation or postponement of all Kabuki performances in May 2020 due to coronavirus (COVID-19)!!!

4 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, TBS Akasaka Act Theater), 1 in Atami (MOA Museum of Art), 1 in Ky˘tango (Tango Bunka Kaikan), 1 in Yamaga (Yachiyoza) and 1 tour (Eastern Provinces)!

  • Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Living National Treasure Kataoka Hidetar˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Kaishun, Ichikawa Sadanji, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Kataoka Ainosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘ and Ichikawa Chűsha perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke and Nakamura Shid˘ perform at the TBS Akasaka Act Theater!
  • Nakamura Shikan, his 3 sons and Nakamura Matsue are on tour in the Eastern Provinces!
  • The Zenshinza troupe performs at the National Theatre!
  • Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs at the Tango Bunka Kaikan, at the Atami Museum of Art and at the Yachiyoza!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 27 May 2020 [POSTPONED]
    Gogatsu ďkabuki
    May Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Iwau Narita Kobiki no Nigiwai

    Kanadehon Chűshingura
    (Gion Ichiriki Jaya)

    Kanjinch˘

    Evening

    Kotobuki Soga no Taimen

    K˘j˘

    Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura

    Casting

    Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Living National Treasure Kataoka Hidetar˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Kaishun, Ichikawa Sadanji, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Kataoka Ainosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Ichikawa Chűsha

    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, in May, June and July.

    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˘, Kiba Katsumi, Yamaguchi Makiya

    Comments

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

  • Botan D˘r˘: one of the most famous ghost stories in Japan shows the ghost of a beautiful young girl who visits the man she loves nightly, her way lit by a lantern decorated with peonies. The clatter of her wooden clogs announces her appearance, ôůkarannnůkoronnnnůö Originally a Chinese story, it became a Japanese classic when it was transformed into a long rakugo story by San'yűtei Ench˘ (1839~1900). Otsuyu (Nakamura Shichinosuke) the daughter of a samurai family falls in love with a young samurai named Shinzabur˘ (Nakamura Kankur˘), but she falls sick and dies when he stops visiting her. Her ghost begins to visit him nightly preceded by the ghost of her nursemaid carrying a lantern decorated with peonies and he welcomes these meetings, not realizing that she is dead. But a priest sees the signs of death and protects Shinzabur˘ with holy amulets and a powerful Buddhist statue. The ghosts then bribe Shinzabur˘ĺs greedy servant Tomoz˘ (Nakamura Shid˘) and his wife Omine (Nakamura Shichinosuke) to take the amulets away. The result is that Shinzabur˘ is killed by the ghosts and Tomoz˘ and Omine run away with the money. But the money doesnĺt bring them happiness. This version of the story is not just a tale of ghosts, but shows human treachery and the revolving ironies of fate.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Kabuki Tour in the Eastern Provinces
    Dates 1 ~ 26 May 2020 [CANCELLED]
    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 [POSTPONED]
    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. "Tagaya no Kinta" is a newly-created Kabuki drama, with a story based on 3 famous rakugo: "Tagaya", "Nagaya no Hanami" and "Hanami no Adauchi". This program is postponed to May 2021, same venue, and it will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Zenshinza.

    Tango Bunka Kaikan (Ky˘tango)
    Dates 9 ~ 10 May 2020 [POSTPONED]
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Ky˘tango Tokubetsu Buy˘ K˘en
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Special Dance Performances in Ky˘tango
    Program

    Omemie K˘j˘

    Hagoromo

    Keisei Yuki no Yoshiwara

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘

    Comments

    A special Buy˘ program starring the amazing Living National Treasure onnagata Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in Ky˘tango at the Tango Bunka Kaikan (Tango Culture Center).

  • K˘j˘: the close relationship between the actors and the audience is shown by stage announcements, usually lavish ceremonies to commemorate various important events. This month at the Tango Bunka Kaikan, it is a stage speech done by Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘.
  • Hagoromo: the legend of the angel who came to earth to bathe and then had her heavenly feathered robe stolen by a fisherman is famous in all forms of Japanese theater. This month features an elegant dance version of the story with Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ as the angel.
  • Keisei Yuki no Yoshiwara: This is a brand-new dance, the highlight of which is when the beautiful courtesan in her gorgeous costume expresses her love for her beloved, romance in the pleasure quarters, and her poor life story in dance, weaving into that scenes of the four seasons. Starring Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    MOA Museum of Art (Atami)
    Dates 12 ~ 17 May 2020 [POSTPONED]
    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. Performances postponed to November 2020.

    Yachiyoza (Yamaga)
    Dates 20 ~ 26 May 2020 [POSTPONED]
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Eiz˘ x Buy˘ K˘en
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Image and Dance Performances
    Program

    Omemie K˘j˘

    Fuji Musume

    Sagi Musume

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘

    Comments

    A special Buy˘ program starring the amazing Living National Treasure onnagata Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in Yamaga at the Yachiyoza, a traditional wooden-built theater. There will be a mix of video projection (with video sequences coming from the high-quality Shinema Kabuki, "Cinema Kabuki") and real dancing on stage. It celebrates the 30th anniversary of Band˘ Tamasabur˘'s performances at the Yachiyoza.

     
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