MARCH 2006

5 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Theatre Cocoon, PARCO) and 1 tour (Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Tour)!

  • Kataoka Nizaemon, Kataoka Gat˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Sakata T˘jűr˘, Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ and Nakamura Shikan perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Nakamura Kanzabur˘ and Nakamura Hashinosuke perform at the Theatre Cocoon!
  • Band˘ Tamasabur˘ is on tour all over Japan

  • The Omodakaya guild (Ichikawa Ennosuke's troupe) performs at the National Theatre!
  • Some young and talented actors at the PARCO!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 27 March 2006 (Sangatsu ďkabuki)
    MatinÚe

    Kichirei Kotobuki Soga (Soga no Ishidan)

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Yoshinoyama)

    Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (D˘my˘ji)

    Evening

    Chikagoro Kawara no Tatehiki (Horikawa)

    Ninin Wankyű

    Suitengű Megumi no Fukagawa (Fudeya K˘bŕ)

    Casting

    Kataoka Nizaemon, Kataoka Gat˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Sakata T˘jűr˘, Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Shibajaku, Nakamura Kanjaku, Ichikawa Danz˘, Kataoka Takatar˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Ichikawa Danshir˘, Nakamura Fukusuke, Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Shinjir˘, ďtani Tomoemon, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Nakamura Karoku, Matsumoto K˘emon, Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘, Kataoka Roen, Ichikawa Omez˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Kataoka Shinnosuke, Nakamura Kikaku, Nakamura T˘z˘, Ichimura Kakitsu, Sawamura Tetsunosuke, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Band˘ Kamesabur˘, Band˘ Kametoshi, Onoe Matsuya, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Nakamura Yonekichi, Nakamura Ryűnosuke

    Comments

    This March program commemorates the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the death of Kataoka Nizaemon XIII with his three sons performing some of his atariyaku: Kataoka Nizaemon and Kataoka Gat˘ play the roles of Kan Sh˘j˘ and Yojir˘ in "D˘my˘ji" and "Horikawa".

  • Soga no Ishidan: In the Edo period, the medieval Soga brothers, who endured eighteen years of hardship before they avenged the death of their father, became popular guardian gods and hundreds of plays about their exploits appeared. This particular rarely performed play shows the brothers confronting the two men who killed their father in a fight scene on a set of stone steps, then the set turns over in a spectacular transition to reveal the next scene which takes place in the pleasure quarters. Starring Kataoka Gat˘ as Kud˘ Suketsune, the man that had the father of the Soga brothers killed, Nakamura Shinjir˘ as the wise and restrained Soga no Jűr˘ and Nakamura Kanjaku as the impetuous Soga no Gor˘ and Nakamura Shibajaku as the courtesan Tora, Jűr˘'s lover.
  • Yoshinoyama: A dance travel scene from the epic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". Now in exile and disgrace, Yoshitsune has left his lover Shizuka in the safekeeping of his trusted retainer Tadanobu. But she is unaware that this Tadanobu is actually a magical fox who has disguised himself to be near the treasured drum that Shizuka carries, a drum made from the skins of his fox parents. Starring Matsumoto K˘shir˘ as Tadanobu, with Nakamura Fukusuke as Shizuka.
  • D˘my˘ji: it is one act of a very long play about Sugawara no Michizane (known in this play as Kan Sh˘j˘), a high-ranking imperial court minister who was a brilliant calligrapher and scholar. But political rivalries forced him to be exiled to distant Kyűshű, where he died. On his way to exile, Kan Sh˘j˘ (Kataoka Nizaemon) is allowed to stop at the home of his aunt, Kakuju (Nakamura Shikan). There he carves a statue of himself for his aunt. But Princess Kariya (Kataoka Takatar˘) is actually Kakuju's daughter and was adopted by Kan Sh˘j˘. She has come desperately hoping to say farewell to him, but she is punished severely by Kakuju for having been responsible for Kan Sh˘j˘'s downfall. At the same time, Kakuju has another daughter, Tatsuta (Kataoka Hidetar˘) and Tatsuta's husband Sukune Tar˘ (Ichikawa Danshir˘) and father-in-law (Kataoka Roen) are plotting to assassinate Kan Sh˘j˘ by pretending to be the emissary to take him to exile and then killing him. But miraculously, the statue Kan Sh˘j˘ carved comes to life and saves his life. Finally, when the real emissary Terukuni (Nakamura Tomijűr˘) appears, Kan Sh˘j˘ must part from his family as he goes into exile.
  • Horikawa: This is a very rare performance of a play that was originally written for the puppet theatre. The courtesan Oshun and Denbŕ are lovers, but after Denbŕ ends up killing his rival in love, they decide that they must die together. They flee to her family home, where her blind mother teaches music and her older brother Yojir˘ is a performer with a trained monkey. Finally, moved by the depth of love between Oshun and Denbŕ, her mother and brother sadly agree that they have no choice but to die and in the final bittersweet moment, Yojir˘ says farewell with a cheerful monkey dance, an auspicious dance to celebrate the wedding of Oshun and Denbŕ. Starring Kataoka Hidetar˘ as Oshun, Sakata T˘jűr˘ as Denbŕ and Kataoka Gat˘ as Yojir˘.
  • Ninin Wankyű: the fabulously wealthy Wanya Kyűbŕ (nicknamed Wankyű) is disowned by his family for falling in love with the courtesan Matsuyama. Then, when she dies, he goes mad with grief and wanders through the countryside. This dance shows him as he imagines meeting Matsuyama again and there is a lively dance recalling their happiness together before the vision fades and he is left alone. Starring Living National Treasure Nakamura Tomijűr˘ as Wankyű, a dance role for which he is famous and the popular young onnagata star Onoe Kikunosuke as Matsuyama.
  • Fudeya K˘bŕ: first performed in 1885, this play by Kawatake Mokuami shows the disruptions in society caused by the Meiji Restoration. In the Edo period, the samurai were on top of society, but in the new Meiji world, a samurai unable to find a new way of becoming a success got left behind. This play stars Matsumoto K˘shir˘ as a former samurai named K˘bŕ, who makes a meager living making writing brushes. Since his wife has died, he must raise his three children by himself, but his oldest daughter is blind and the youngest boy is a baby. K˘bŕ is helped by a generous woman named Omura (Kataoka Hidetar˘), but everything that he has is taken by a moneylender and he decides that he and his family have no choice but to commit suicide. Suddenly, there is the sound of merry music from a party at the house of a rich man next door and something in K˘bŕ snaps. He starts to dance madly around, doing the dance from the theatre of the ghost of Tomomori with a ragged broom in place of a magnificent halbard. This scene is the highlight of the play and is a virtuoso test of the actor's skills.
  • Source: Earphone Guide website

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 5 ~ 26 March 2006
    Program

    T˘ryű Oguri Hangan

    Casting

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

    Comments

    This spectacular play belongs to the collection Ennosuke Jűhachiban; the leader of the Omodakaya guild Ichikawa Ennosuke is still on sick leave.

    Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 18 ~ 31 March 2006
    Program T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan
    Casting

    Nakamura Kanzabur˘, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Band˘ Shingo, Sasano Takashi

    Comments Seventh edition of the original Cocoon Kabuki performance, which recreates the atmosphere of the Edo koshibai and brings the actors closer to the audience. Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan" is staged in 2 different productions; the first one is similar to the 1994 Coocon Kabuki, with Nakamura Kanzabur˘ playing the roles of Oiwa, Kobotoke Kohei and Sat˘ Yomoshichi, while Nakamura Hashinosuke plays the role of Tamiya Iemon; the second version includes the rarely-staged act IV, with its 2 scenes "the Misumi House in Fukagawa" and "the Refuge of the Oshioda Family", with Nakamura Kanzabur˘ playing the roles of Oiwa and Naosuke Gonbŕ, sharing the stage with Nakamura Hashinosuke (Tamiya Iemon, Oshioda Matanoj˘) and Nakamura Senjaku (Kobotoke Kohei, Sat˘ Yomoshichi).
    PARCO Gekij˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 March 2006
    Program

    Kett˘ Takadanobaba

    Casting

    Ichikawa Somegor˘, Ichikawa Kamejir˘, Ichimura Manjir˘, Sawamura S˘nosuke, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Nakamura Kantar˘, Matsumoto Kingo

    Comments

    First edition of the "PARCO Kabuki", starring young actors in a new drama written by the young playwright Mitani K˘ki. The PARCO Gekij˘ is located within the PARCO Department Store in the district of Shibuya.

    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Tour
    Dates 2 ~ 25 March 2006
    Program

    Fuji Musume

    Sagi Musume

    Casting

    Band˘ Tamasabur˘

    Comments

    The great star Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs two of his best dances, the Wisteria Maiden and the Heron Maiden.

     
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