NOVEMBER 2017

4 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Shinbashi Enbuj˘), 1 in Toyooka (Eirakukan), 1 in Kumamoto (Yachiyoza) and 3 tours (Kinshű Special Tour, Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki, Classics Tour)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates ??? ~ ??? November 2017 (Kichirei Kaomise ďkabuki)
Annual Festive Face-Showing Grand Kabuki
MatinÚe

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Evening

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Casting

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Comments

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National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
Dates 3 ~ 26 November 2017
Program

Sakazaki Dewa-no-Kami

Kutsukake Tokijir˘

Casting

Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Onoe Sh˘roku

Comments

Two Shinkabuki dramas are staged this month at the National Theatre, with Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun and Onoe Sh˘roku as leading actors. These two dramas have not been staged for 36 years. Yamamoto Yűz˘'s drama "Sakazaki Dewa-no-Kami" was staged for the last time in February 1981 at the Kabukiza and it is staged to commemorate the 130th birthday of Yamamoto Yűz˘. Hasegawa Shin's drama "Kutsukake Tokijir˘" was staged for the last time in December 1981 at the Kabukiza.

Eirakukan (Toyooka)
Dates 4 ~ 12 November 2017 (Eirakukan ďkabuki)
Eirakukan Grand Kabuki
Program

Sengokubune Hogake no Shirahama
(Sengoku S˘d˘)

Iya Sakae Izushi no Nigiwai

Casting

Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Nakamura Jűjir˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke

Comments

This is the 10th Kabuki program at the Eirakukan, a renovated traditional theater built in the city of Toyooka (prefecture of Hy˘go). The first item in the program is the revival of the oiemono drama "Sengokubune Hogake no Shirahama", a drama which was premiered in July 1888 at the Shintomiza and which was related to the Sengoku Disturbance (Sengoku S˘d˘) in the Izushi-han whose castle town was Izushi, the city where the Eirakukan was built. The second item is a newly-created Kabuki drama based on the dance-drama "Genroku Hanami Odori", which celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Kabuki performances at the Eirakukan.

Yachiyoza (Kumamoto)
Dates 31 October ~ 5 November 2017 (Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Tokubetsu Buy˘ K˘en)
Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Special Dance Performances
MatinÚe

Omemie K˘j˘

Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji

Evening

Omemie K˘j˘

Inabune

Sagi Musume

Casting

Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘

Comments

A special Buy˘ program starring the amazing Living National Treasure onnagata Band˘ Tamasabur˘ at the Yachiyoza, a traditional wooden-built theater. For the first time, with these programs, there will be a mix of video projection (with video sequences coming from the high-quality Shinema Kabuki, "Cinema Kabuki") and real dancing on stage. In "Sagi Musume", only the opening sequence is video-projected. Most of the dance will be performed on staged by Band˘ Tamasabur˘. "Musume D˘j˘ji", the travel scene (michiyuki) is skipped and the kaneiri scene ("entering the bell") is video-projected. Others main scenes, like the koi no tenarai scene ("learning about love"), are staged.

  • K˘j˘: the close relationship between the actors and the audience is shown by stage announcements, usually lavish ceremonies to commemorate various important events. This month at the Yachiyoza, it is a stage speech done by Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘.
  • Musume D˘j˘ji: a beautiful young woman dances under cherry blossoms at a dedication ceremony for a temple bell. She dances the many aspects of a woman in love, but is actually the spirit of a serpent, driven to destroy the bell out of jealousy. In addition to being the most famous of all Kabuki dances, "Musume D˘j˘ji" is considered to be the pinnacle of the art of the onnagata. The role of the shiraby˘shi is played by Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘.
  • Inabune: Inabune, literally Rice Boat, refers to the narrow open barges used to transport sheaves of rice at harvest time. This dance portrays the feeling of a courtesan (Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘) who is obliged to wait for an absent lover.
  • Sagi Musume: one of the most famous dances in Kabuki, this figure is familiar through pictures and Japanese dolls. A beautiful young woman all in white appears in the snowy landscape. She dances lightly of love, but then reveals that she is the spirit of a bird, a magnificent heron that struggles wounded through a snowstorm. Starring onnagata superstar Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in a dance that he has made famous through performances around the world.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Kinshű Special Tour
    Dates 3 ~ 26 November 2017
    Program

    Kabuki-juku

    B˘ Shibari

    Fuji Musume

    Casting

    Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Tsurumatsu

    Comments

    The word kinshű means "Autumn Brocade". This Autumn tour stars Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke. The first item in the program is a speech/presentation on stage about some aspects of Kabuki.

  • B˘ Shibari:
    (Tied to a Pole)
    A dance play based on a classical Ky˘gen farce. A master is irritated that his two servants always drink his wine while he is out. He plots with his servant Tar˘kaja (Nakamura Tsurumatsu) to trick the other servant Jir˘kaja (Nakamura Kankur˘) into demonstrating his skill at stick fighting, tying him to the stick. The master then ties up Tar˘kaja as well. But he is outsmarted when the two still manage to drink his wine while tied up. Their happy singing and dancing while tied up is a dazzling display of virtuoso dancing and star two of the finest young dancers in Kabuki.
  • Fuji Musume: the spirit of wisteria blossoms dances of love in the form of a beautiful young maiden. One of Kabuki's most famous and colorful dances, it will feature the dancing skills of Nakamura Shichinosuke.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki Tour
    Dates 1 ~ 26 October 2017 (Sh˘chiku ďkabuki)
    Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki
    Program

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Sushiya)

    Tsuri Onna

    Casting

    Nakamura Shid˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Nakamura Kikaku, Sawamura S˘nosuke, Nakamura Mantar˘, Nakamura Yonekichi, Nakamura Baika

    Comments

    The Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki Fall Tour in 20 cities.

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 6 October ~ 25 November 2017 (SűpÔ Kabuki Sekando)
    Super Kabuki II
    Program

    ONE PIECE

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ennosuke, Band˘ Takesabur˘, Ichikawa Udanji, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Omez˘, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa En'ya, Ichikawa Juen, Ichikawa K˘tar˘, Band˘ Minosuke, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Hayato, Onoe Ukon

    Comments

    The SűpÔ Kabuki Sekando drama "ONE PIECE", based on Oda Eiichir˘'s internationally popular manga "ONE PIECE", which got his first very successful stage adaptation by Ichikawa Ennosuke in October 2015/November 2015 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, is staged one more time in T˘ky˘. Most of the actors are Kabuki actors, with 3 non-Kabuki guest actors : Hira Takehiro, Kashima Noritoshi and Asano Kazuyuki. It is almost the same cast as in 2015 (minor differences).

  • ONE PIECE: "ONE PIECE", a big hit comic of Japan, and Super Kabuki II by Ichikawa Ennosuke IV make a miraculous collaboration! The largest-scale project ever begins! "ONE PIECE" has started since the July 1997 issue of Weekly Sh˘nen Jump. As a book, the first volume was published in December 1997 and gained a national reputation soon. The series reach 77 volumes and the number of copies printed of the series is more than the world record 320,000,000, so it was awarded Guinness World Record as the most printed comic series by a writer in June 2015. Ichikawa Ennosuke IV is one of star Kabuki actors who will bear the next generation. He challenges aggressively to classic kabuki and new kabuki with rich expression and unique personality. He succeeded to the spirit of Super Kabuki which had been originated by his uncle Ichikawa Ennosuke III (Ichikawa En墠II) and performed "Sora o Kizamu Mono" [A Man who sculptures the Sky] as the first play of Super Kabuki II in March and April 2014, which resulted in a great success. It is a marine adventure roman by the hero Luffy (Ichikawa Ennosuke) who explores the ocean with his diverse crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates, in search of the world ultimate treasure known as ONE PIECE in order to become the next Pirate King. The Straw Hat Pirates broke up in the battle against the navy at Sabaody Islands, the entrance to the new world, the next step to the big navigation in search of the world ultimate treasure. Luffy became alone, hears of his brother Aceĺs execution and hurries to rescue him. Luffy is able to break through the navyĺs barricade, but Ace has already been transferred to the navy head quarter. Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates fight Summit Battle against the navy at its head quarter!
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Classics Tour
    Dates 12 October ~ 25 November 2017 (Koten he no Izanai ~ Shűki K˘en)
    Invitation to the Classics ~ Fall Performances
    Program

    Migawari Zazen

    Otokodate Hana no Yoshiwara

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Ichikawa Kudanji, ďtani Hiromatsu

    Comments

    The Fall Tour of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ with performances in 17 cities.

     
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