NOVEMBER 2005

4 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Shinbashi Enbuj˘), 1 in Kumamoto (Yachiyoza) and 2 tours (Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki Tour, Zenshinza)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates 1 ~ 25 November 2005 (Kichirei Kaomise K˘gy˘ Kabuki)
MatinÚe

Musuko

Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki (Kumagai Jin'ya)

Ame no Gor˘

Ukare B˘zu

Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi

Evening

Musume Kagekiyo Yashima Nikki

Kuramayama Homare no Wakataka

Renjishi

Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi (Osan Mohei)

Casting

Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Kichiemon, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Shibajaku, Nakamura Baigyoku, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danshir˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Shinjir˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Kash˘, Sawamura S˘nosuke, ďtani Tomoemon, Matsumoto Kingo, Matsumoto K˘emon, Sawamura Tetsunosuke, Nakamura Tamatar˘, Nakamura Utae, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Takanosuke

Comments

The dance "Kuramayama Homare no Wakataka" celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Takanosuke, the young son of Nakamura Tomijűr˘. The others highlights of this kaomise program are:

  • "Kumagai Jin'ya" with the leading role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane played by Kataoka Nizaemon
  • The bombastic dance "Ame no Gor˘" with Nakamura Kichiemon in the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune
  • The comical dance "Ukare B˘zu" with Nakamura Tomijűr˘
  • The great dance "Renjishi" with Matsumoto K˘shir˘ and his son Ichikawa Somegor˘ in the roles of the shishi parent and cub
  • The rare revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi" with Nakamura Tokiz˘ and Nakamura Baigyoku in the roles of Osan and Mohei
  • National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 26 November 2005
    Program

    Ehon Taik˘ki

    Casting

    Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Kaishun, Kataoka Takatar˘, Nakamura T˘z˘

    Comments

    Rare t˘shi ky˘gen production of "Ehon Taik˘ki", a drama about the tragedy of Akechi Mitsuhide, the "3-day ruler of Japan", who killed Oda Nobunaga and was defeated three days later by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. This month production is in 4 acts but the original drama was in 13 acts, 1 act for each day of these dark events that occurred in the late 16th century. Because of strict censorship, the authors had to change the names of the characters: Akechi Mitsuhide became Takechi Mitsuhide; Oda Nobunaga became Oda Harunaga; Toyotomi Hideyoshi became Mashiba Hisayoshi. This play shows Mitsuhide's emotional struggle, first trying to restrain his upstart lord Harunaga, who fears nothing and even tries to rid the country of Buddhism and the Gods. But instead, Harunaga insults him mercilessly and wounds him on the forehead with an iron battle fan. The most famous act of this play, the tenth one, is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire: after assassinating Harunaga, Mitsuhide comes to see his mother, but she refuses to forgive him for betraying his lord. Mitsuhide sees his son and mother both die before his eyes as he tries to defeat his rival Hisayoshi. The leading role of this play was expected to be performed by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ but he unfortunately fell sick and had to be replaced by Nakamura Hashinosuke.

    The poster of the November drama at the National Theatre

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 November 2005
    Program

    Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari

    Casting

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

    Comments

    The young star Onoe Kikunosuke plays for the third 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].

    Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki Tour
    Dates 30 October ~ 26 November 2005
    Program

    Kabuki e Y˘koso

    Tsuchiya Chikara

    Shunky˘ Kagami Jishi

    Casting

    Nakamura Kanjaku, Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Takesabur˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Nakamura Kikaku, Band˘ Shinsha

    Comments

    "Kabuki e Y˘koso" is a workshop led by Band˘ Shinsha. "Tsuchiya Chikara" is an important play for the Nakamura Ganjir˘ line of actors; Nakamura Kanjaku, the son of Nakamura Ganjir˘ III, plays the leading eponymous role. The leading role of the lion dance "Kagami Jishi" is performed by Nakamura Senjaku.

    Yachiyoza (Kumamoto)
    Dates 1 ~ 10 November 2005
    Program

    Funa Benkei

    Okuni Kabuki Yume no Hanayagi

    Casting

    Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Ichikawa Danjir˘, Ichikawa Emisabur˘

    Comments

    A special Buy˘ program starring the amazing onnagata Band˘ Tamasabur˘ at the Yachiyoza, a traditional wooden-built theater.

    Zenshinza Tour
    Dates 12 ~ 30 November 2005
    Program

    Gojű no T˘

    Casting

    Arashi Keishi, Fujikawa Yanosuke, Nakamura Tsuruz˘, Yamazaki Ryűnosuke, Yamazaki Tatsusabur˘, Yamazaki Ky˘ka, Osagawa Genjir˘, Anegawa Shinnosuke

     
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