MARCH 2005

4 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Shinbashi Enbuj˘), 1 in Ky˘to (Minamiza) and 1 in the Aichi prefecture (Expo 2005 Aichi)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates 3 ~ 27 March 2005 (Sangatsu ďkabuki)
MatinÚe

Saruwaka Edo no Hatsuyagura

Heike Nyogo no Shima (Shunkan)

K˘j˘

Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki
(Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari)

Evening

ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata
(Moritsuna Jin'ya)

Yasuna

Iwashi Uri Koi no Hikiami

Casting

Nakamura Kanzabur˘, Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Kataoka Nizaemon, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Nakamura Shikan, Kataoka Gat˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Senjaku, Ichikawa Danshir˘, Nakamura Fukusuke, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura T˘z˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Nakamura Kantar˘, Nakamura Genzaemon, Nakamura Kosanza, Nakamura Kotar˘, Nakamura Muneo

Comments

This March program celebrates the first month of the shűmei of Nakamura Kanzabur˘, who plays the roles of Yoshioka Kiichi H˘gen, Sasaki Moritsuna and the sardine seller in the drama "Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari", "Moritsuna Jin'ya" and "Iwashi Uri Koi no Hikiami".

Minamiza (Ky˘to)
Dates 3 ~ 27 March 2005 (Sangatsu Hanagata Kabuki)
Program

Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari

Casting

Onoe Kikugor˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Ichikawa Kamejir˘

Comments

The young star Onoe Kikunosuke plays for the second time the role of Jiraiya and uses in the highlight of the play the chűnori technique. The play "Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari" was written by Kawatake Mokuami and was premiered in the 7th lunar month of 1852 [details].

National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
Dates 4 ~ 24 March 2005
Program

Honch˘ Nijűshik˘

  • Takeda Shingen Yakata

  • Michiyuki Niai no My˘togan
  • Jusshuk˘
  • Kitsunebi
  • Casting

    Nakamura Tokiz˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘

    Comments

    Interesting revival of the classic "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘", which includes the rarely-staged "Takeda Shingen Yakata" act and the michiyuki "Michiyuki Niai no My˘togan". The leading role of Princess Yaegaki is played by Nakamura Tokiz˘.

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 19 ~ 31 March 2005
    Program Yamato Takeru
    Casting

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

    Comments

    Ichikawa Ennosuke's 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! "Yamato Takeru" was the first SűpÔ Kabuki drama of the Omodakaya guild. For this revival, the leading role of Yamato Takeru is played by both Ichikawa Danjir˘ and Ichikawa Ukon.

    Ichikawa Ennosuke is on sick leave and does not perform in this production.

    Expo Hall
    Dates 25 ~ 27 March 2005
    Program

    B˘ Shibari

    Hanabusa Shűjaku no Shishi

    Casting

    Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Kanjaku, Nakamura Kikaku, Arashi Kitsusabur˘

    Comments

    A special Kabuki dance program to celebrate the opening of Expo 2005 Aichi. The roles of Jir˘kaja and Tar˘kaja in "B˘ Shibari" are played by Nakamura Kanjaku and Nakamura Kikaku. The leading role of the lion dance "Hanabusa Shűjaku no Shishi" is played by Nakamura Ganjir˘.

     
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