|NEWS FROM THE KABUKI WORLD|
First and foremost, we would like to report the end today of the Heisei era and the beginning tomorrow of the new Reiwa era. We do hope that Reiwa Kabuki will be the worthy heir of Heisei Kabuki. We also know for sure that Heisei Nakamuraza, closely associated to the Heisei star Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII, will not be renamed Reiwa Nakamuraza.
The Ticket Web Sh˘chiku Website selling (nationally and internationally) Kabuki tickets will end its services at the end of April 2019. From May 2019, there will be a Sh˘chiku Multilingual Online Ticket Website run by Etix Online Ticket [more details].
The two programs for the June Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza in June 2019 have been published [more details]. The troupe will be led by Living National Treasures Nakamura Kichiemon and Kataoka Nizaemon. A newly-created play, a Mitani Kabuki drama, written and directed by Mitani K˘ki, will be the evening program. This drama entitled "Tsukiakari Mezasu Furusato" is about Japanese sailors who were washed up on Russia after drifting on their boat. Yashima Norito will be the non-Kabuki guest star. The matinÚe program's highlights will be Living National Treasures Nakamura Kichiemon and Kataoka Nizaemon playing the roles of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki and Kameya Chűbŕ in the jidaimono "Ishikiri Kajiwara" and the sewamono "Fűin Giri".
The two programs for the July Grand Kabuki in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza in July 2019 have been published [more details]. The troupe will be led by Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon. These programs will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Kansai Kabuki Lovers Society.
The world of Kabuki and the world of otaku will collide for the 5th time in Kabuki history and for the first time in a major Kabuki theater! Ch˘kabuki (literally Ultra-Kabuki) will be staged in Ky˘to at the Minamiza in August 2019. Nakamura Shid˘ will once again share the stage with the virtual 3D creature Hatsune Miku [more details].
As reported last year, Miyazaki Hayaoĺs masterpiece "Nausicań of the Valley of the Wind" [manga | movie] will be adapted into Kabuki and staged in December 2019 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ with Onoe Kikunosuke and Nakamura Shichinosuke in the roles of Nausicań and Kushana. The first flyer for this major event has just been published and distributed!
A memorial picture was taken the 23rd of April 2019 on the stage of the Kabukiza during the performance of the dance-drama "Sakae Kotohogu Fuji no Suehiro", which celebrated the 88th birthday of Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘ [pictures and more details in Japanese].
Nakamura Kazutar˘, Ichikawa Juen and Nakamura Jűjir˘ were award-winners of the 40th Matsuo Artistic Awards (Matsuo Gein˘ Sh˘). Nakamura Kazutar˘ received the Theater "New Face" Award (Engeki Shinjin Sh˘). Ichikawa Juen received the Matsuo Kuniz˘ Award (Matsuo Kuniz˘ Sh˘). Nakamura Jűjir˘ received the Matsuo Hazue Award (Matsuo Hazue Sh˘). They received their prize the 28th of March 2019 at the ANA Intercontinental Hotel in T˘ky˘ [pictures and more details in Japanese].
Sawamura T˘jűr˘ made a public reappearance at a 'Surprise Talk Show' (sapuraizu t˘kush˘ in Japanese) with Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke the 11th of April on the stage of the Kanamaruza [pictures and more details in Japanese].
The 13th edition of the Kabuki Natsukashid˘, the Kabuki Nostalgic hall, will happen the 25th of May 2019 at the Kobiki Hall in the Kabukiza Gallery (5th floor of the Kabukiza building). The dance-drama "Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame", filmed in March 1982 at the Kabukiza with Band˘ Tamasabur˘ and Kataoka Takao in the roles of Kasane and Yoemon, will be screened at 18:30.
The Kabuki TV program Kabuki Kool, which is produced by NHK World TV, will have a 6th season in 10 episodes. It hosts the young star Kataoka Ainosuke and the first episode of the new season was broadcasted the 3rd of April 2019. The next episode, about Bestsellers and Kabuki, will be broadcasted the 1st and the 29th of May 2019, four times each day at 04:30 08:30 16:30 and 22:30 (UTC) [more details].
8 actors led by Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke went to the Konpira Shrine the 5th of April 2019 to pray for the success of April 2019 performances at the Kanamaruza from the 6th of April. Afterwards, The actors were paraded in the streets of Kotohira in rickshaws [pictures and more details in Japanese].
The two programs for the June Grand Kabuki in Fukuoka at the Hakataza in June 2019 have been published [more details]. The troupe will be led by Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, who will perform the role of Nozarashi Gosuke in the eponymous drama.
The two programs for the May Grand Kabuki in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza in May 2019 have been published [more details]. This will be the great yearly Dankiku festival for the Naritaya and Otowaya guilds, commemorating two great stars of the Meiji era: Dan = Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and Kiku = Onoe Kikugor˘ V. It will also celebrate the hatsubutai of Onoe Ushinosuke VII.
The Grand Kabuki Tour in the eastern provinces will happen as usual from the 30th of June to the 31st of July 2019. Matsumoto Haku˘ II and his son Matsumoto K˘shir˘ X will celebrate their shűmei in different eastern cities [more details].
The world of Kabuki and the world of otaku will collide for the 4th time in Kabuki history at the end of April 2019! Ch˘kabuki (literally Ultra-Kabuki) will be back! Nakamura Shid˘ will once again share the stage with the virtual 3D creature Hatsune Miku. They will perform together in a Ch˘kabuki dance-drama which will be entitled "Hana Kurabe Senbon Zakura" (this was also the 1st Ch˘kabuki drama in 2016). It will staged at the Makuhari Messe the 28th and the 29th of April 2019, as part of the Niconico Ch˘kaigi 2019 event, an important yearly event for the otaku tribes [more details].
Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ will perform in a special Buy˘ program the 28th of June 2019 in Shimonoseki at Shimonoseki Shimin Kaikan (Shimonoseki Civic Center) [more details]. It will also celebrate the 130th anniversary of the city of Akamagaseki, the former name of Shimonoseki.
Pictures of Nakamura Baigyoku, who will play the role of Uchiha Madara in "NARUTO" (Kabuki adaptation of Kishimoto Masashi's internationally popular manga "NARUTO") in June 2019 in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, have been published [more details].
A new type of Kabuki will be performed for the very first time in May 2019! It will be called OfushiatÔ Kabuki, literally "Off Theater Kabuki" and it will be staged from the 11th to the 17th of May at the Warehouse TERRADA and from the 22nd to the 29th of May at the Shinjuku FACE. This new experiment will be (loosely?) based on Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Abura no Jigoku". It will star Nakamura Shid˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘ and two non-Kabuki actors (Akahori Masaaki and Arakawa Yoshiyoshi) [more details].
Onoe Kikunosuke's son Terajima Kazufumi, who is also the grandson of both Living National Treasures Onoe Kikugor˘ and Nakamura Kichiemon, will make his hatsubutai and receive the name of Onoe Ushinosuke VII, a name unheld for 23 years, in May 2019 at the Kabukiza. He will perform in the dance-drama "Ehon Ushiwakamaru", which was written by the novelist Murakami Genz˘ and was premiered in February 1984 for the hatsubutai of Onoe Ushinosuke VI.
The two programs for the April Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza in April 2019 have been published [more details]. These will be the final Heisei Kabuki programs at the Kabukiza. There will be 5 Living National Treasures, Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Kichiemon, Sakata T˘jűr˘, Kataoka Nizaemon and Nakamura T˘z˘, and the highlights will be:
The next three releases in the Shinema Kabuki ("Cinema Kabuki") series have been published:
The signed handprints of Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke were taken the 16th of February 2019 and set into the Plaza of Stars (SutÔ no Hiroba in Japanese) on Orange Street (Orenji D˘ri in Japanese) in front of the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ [pictures and more details in Japanese].
Kishimoto Masashi's internationally popular manga "NARUTO", which got its Kabuki adaptation in August 2018 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, under the supervision of G2 (both writer and director), will be staged in June 2019 in Ky˘to at the Minamiza. The roles of Uzumaki Naruto and Uchiha Sasuke will be played by Band˘ Minosuke and Nakamura Hayato. The guest star Nakamura Baigyoku will play the role of Uchiha Madara [more details].
Kataoka Ainosuke (under his stage name) and Ichikawa Chűsha (under his real name Kagawa Teruyuki) are part of the casting of Fukuzawa Katsuo's movie "Nanatsu no Kaigi" (the international title will be "Whistleblower"), which was released in Japan the 1st of February 2019. This movie was based on Ikeido Jun's novel "Nanatsu no Kaigi".
Nakamura Kazutar˘, Ichikawa Juen and Nakamura Jűjir˘ were the award-winners of the "New Face" Award (Engeki Shinjin Sh˘), the Matsuo Kuniz˘ Award (Matsuo Kuniz˘ Sh˘) and the Matsuo Hazue Award (Matsuo Hazue Sh˘) of the 40th Matsuo Artistic Awards (Matsuo Gein˘ Sh˘).
There will be a special release, a not-numbered one, in the Shinema Kabuki ("Cinema Kabuki") series: "Yűgen" starring Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, which was shot live in high definition in September 2017 at the Hakataza, will be released all over Japan from the 27th of September 2019.
The 8th edition of Ginza Kobikitei, an event with k˘dan storytellers, will happen the 29th of March 2019 at the Kabukiza Gallery (5th floor of the Kabukiza building). The k˘dan storytellers will be Kanda Matsunoj˘ and Kanda Shun'y˘. All the stories will be Kabuki-related: "Megumi no Kenka" for Kanda Shun'y˘ and "Kozaru Shichinosuke" for Kanda Matsunoj˘.
Important: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI will take the prestigious name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII in May 2020. There will be a 3-month shűmei in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza from May to July 2020. His son Horikoshi Kangen will take the name of Ichikawa Shinnosuke VIII. This shűmei will also be celebrated in Japan major Kabuki theaters:
The Shinkabuki drama "Ohama Goten" and the kaomise buy˘ dance-drama "Seki no To" will be staged in March 2019 at the National Theatre [more details]. The troupe will be led by Nakamura Senjaku, Onoe Kikunosuke and Nakamura Matagor˘.
Nakamura Ganjir˘ and Kamimura Kichiya took part in a parade in ďsaka the 10th of January 2019, which was part of the T˘ka Ebisu Festival at the Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, which is located in the Naniwa Ward of ďsaka and is commonly (and affectiously) called Ebessan by the people of ďsaka. The T˘ka Ebisu Festival was held from the 9th to the 11th of January 2019. T˘ka meaning the 10th day in Japanese, this festival is usually held around the 10th of January and it is extremely popular in ďsaka. During this festival sacred bamboo branches are sold to business people. The branches, known as fukusasa, are decorated with lucky symbols. The two actors were paraded through shopping and entertainment districts on a special palanquin called hoe kago, surrounded by people singing a simple catchy folk song [more details in Japanese and pictures].
The 11th of January 2019 at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘, Nine geisha came and saw the New Year Asakusa Kabuki. They arrived at the Asakusa Public Hall riding in rickshaws and then stood near the entrance to greet the arriving customers. This kind of visit by a group of geisha is called S˘ken (literally "global viewing") [pictures and more details in Japanese].
The 7th edition of Ginza Kobikitei, an event with k˘dan storytellers, will happen the 13th of February 2019 at the Kabukiza Gallery (5th floor of the Kabukiza building). The k˘dan storytellers will be Kanda Matsunoj˘ and Kanda Riei. All the stories will be Kabuki-related.
Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ will perform in different cities in May and July 2019, not as a Kabuki actor or a Buy˘ dancer but a singer! His tour recital will be entitled Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Sekai no Uta ("TAMASABURď sings the world"). Here is below the agenda of his tour:
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