NEWS FROM THE KABUKI WORLD
28 February
2019

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 dance-drama "Osamaru Miyo Nagori no Emaki" with Nakamura Fukusuke and Band˘ Yajűr˘ will be staged to celebrate the end of the Heisei era.
  • The rarely-staged "Zama Yashiro" scene will open the staging of "Shinpan Utazaimon", with Nakamura Jakuemon in the role of Osome. This scene was staged for the last time more than 40 years ago, in January 1979 at the National Theatre.
  • Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘ will celebrate his 88th birthday in the dance-drama "Sakae Kotohogu Fuji no Suehiro".
  • Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon and Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘ will play the roles of Shirai Gonpachi and Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Suzu-ga-Mori".

  • Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon will play the prestigious role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in "Sanemori Monogatari".
  • Ichikawa Ennosuke will perform in "Kurozuka", a classic of the Omodakaya guild.

  • "Ninin Yűgiri" will be staged with Nakamura Kaishun and Kataoka Takatar˘ in the roles of the two Yűgiri and Nakamura Ganjir˘ as Fujiya Izaemon.
  • The Zenshinza troupe will perform in May 2019 at the National Theatre in Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Sakura Giminden" [more details].

    The next three releases in the Shinema Kabuki ("Cinema Kabuki") series have been published:

  • 33rd release: "Noda-ban Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita", which was shot live in high definition in August 2017 at the Kabukiza, will be released all over Japan from the 5th of April 2019.
  • 34th release: "Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku", which was shot live in high definition in July 2018 at the Sh˘chikuza, will be released all over Japan from the 8th of November 2019.
  • 35th release: "Kuruwa Bunsh˘", which was shot live in high definition in April 2009 at the Kabukiza, will be released all over Japan from the 3rd of January 2020.
  • 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".

    The Zenshinza troupe will be on tour all over Japan in March 2019 and April 2019 [more details].

    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 was a mamemaki ceremony for setsubun the 3rd of February 2019 at the Kabukiza [pictures and more details in Japanese].

    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˘.

    Four posters for the March 2019 performances at the Kabukiza have been published:

    31 January
    2019

    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:

    When Where
    November 2020 Hakataza (Fukuoka)
    February 2021 Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    April 2021 Misonoza (Nagoya)
    November 2021 Minamiza (Ky˘to)

    The two programs for the March Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza in March 2019 have been published [more details]. The highlights of these programs will be:

  • "Onna Narukami" with Nakamura Ganjir˘ and Kataoka Takatar˘.
  • The staging for the first time at the Kabukiza of one rarely-staged act from "Keisei Hangonk˘".
  • "Moritsuna Jin'ya" with Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon in the leading role of Sasaki Moritsuna.
  • A boat-woman (Ichikawa Ennosuke) in the odd days and a boatman (Matsumoto K˘shir˘) in the even days in the dance "Kaminari Send˘". Benten Koz˘ Kikunosuke played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ in the odd days and by Ichikawa Ennosuke in the even days in the drama "Benten Koz˘".
  • 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].

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ will perform in a special Buy˘ program from the 11th to the 12th of May 2019 in Ky˘tango at the Tango Bunka Kaikan (Tango Culture Center) [more details].

    Members of the Edo Firefighting Memorial Association performed kiyari ritual dances within the Kabukiza the 6th of January 2019 [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.

    Two posters for the February 2019 performances at the Kabukiza have been published:

    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:

  • The 18th and 19th of May at the Yachiyoza
  • The 28th and 29th of May at the Nissay Theatre
  • The 3rd and 4th of July at the Minamiza.
  • The 14th of July at the Fukui Phoenix Plaza
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