NARIHIRA
   
Dance title Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori  In Japanese
Authors Matsumoto K˘ji I (lyrics)
Kineya Rokuzaemon X, Kiyomoto Saibŕ I (music)
Fujima Kanjűr˘ II, Nishikawa Senz˘ IV, Nakamura Katsugor˘ (choreography)
History

The dance "Narihira" is the third section of the five-role hengemono "Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1831 at the Nakamuraza. It starred Nakamura Shikan II in the five roles of S˘j˘ Henj˘, Ariwara no Narihira, Bun'ya no Yasuhide, Kisen and ďtomo no Kuronushi. His stage partner in the role of Ono no Komachi was Iwai Kumesabur˘ II. "Narihira" is performed with a Nagauta ensemble.

Key words Ariwara Narihira
Heian Jidai
Hengemono
Nagauta
Ono Komachi
Rokkasen
Shosagoto
Summary

This is the most romantic section of "Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori", describing, in the atmosphere of the Heian period Court, the seduction scene between the handsome poet Ariwara no Narihira, the most famous lover of his times, and the beautiful poetess Ono no Komachi. Narihira is finally turned away by the proud Komachi, who returns to her place. Narihira has to go back to his palace alone.

Trivia

"Narihira" is a short 15-min long dance.

The actor Nakamura Shikan II playing the role of Ariwara no Narihira in the dance "Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori", which was staged 3rd lunar month of 1831 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Kunisada I)

 
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