NOVEMBER 2018

2 shows in Ky˘to (Minamiza), 3 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Heisei Nakamuraza), 1 in Fukuoka (Hakataza), 1 in Kumamoto (Yachiyoza) and 2 tours (Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki, Classics Tour)!

  • Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Takatar˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Band˘ Takesabur˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘ and ďtani Tomoemon perform at the Minamiza!
  • ??? perform at the Kabukiza !
  • Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Band˘ Rakuzen and Ichikawa Udanji perform at the National Theatre!
  • Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Shikan and Nakamura Senjaku perform at the Heisei Nakamuraza!
  • Nakamura Shid˘, Onoe Matsuya, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Ichimura Manjir˘ and Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ perform at the Hakataza!
  • Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs at the Yachiyoza!
  • ??? are on tour (Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki)!
  • Ichikawa Ebiz˘ is on tour (Classics Tour)!
  • Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 1 ~ 25 November 2015
    Kichirei Kaomise K˘gy˘
    Annual Festive Face-Showing Performances
    MatinÚe

    Kenuki

    Renjishi

    Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai (Fűin Giri)

    Gozonji Suzu-ga-Mori

    Evening

    Kotobuki Soga no Taimen

    K˘j˘

    Kanjinch˘

    Kari no Tayori

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Takatar˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Band˘ Takesabur˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘, ďtani Tomoemon, Nakamura Kikaku, Kataoka Shinnosuke, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Sawamura S˘nosuke, Matsumoto Kingo, ďtani Hirotar˘, Ichikawa Otora, Kataoka Matsunosuke, Nakamura Jűjir˘

    Comments

    The Minamiza reopens in a newly-refurbished structure! The opening program is a kaomise with Matsumoto Haku˘ II, his son Matsumoto K˘shir˘ X and his grandson Ichikawa Somegor˘ VIII celebrating their shűmei in this prestigious theater.

  • Kenuki: in this play, which retains the light, festive atmosphere of early-period Kabuki, a princess has a mysterious ailment that makes her hair stand on end, an ailment that prevents her from carrying out her long-awaited marriage. Kumedera Danj˘ comes from the groom's household to investigate and finds a plot to take over the household when his tweezers float in mid-air. Ichikawa Sadanji stars in a play that features the bombastic aragoto style of acting that is a specialty of his family. Featuring also Kataoka Takatar˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘ and ďtani Tomoemon.
  • Renjishi: 2 entertainers dance a tale of the legendary shishi or lion-like spirits that live at the foot of a holy Buddhist mountain. There is a comic interlude with 2 Buddhist pilgrims. Then, the shishi themselves appear and perform their dance with wild shaking of their long manes. The dance shows a parent shishi forcing his cub to undergo harsh training in order to grow up strong. This theme is often associated with the training a parent actor gives his son. This performance features Matsumoto K˘shir˘ in the role of the parent shishi and his son Ichikawa Somegor˘ in the role of the cub. Featuring also Nakamura Ganjir˘ and Kataoka Ainosuke.
  • Fűin Giri:
    (Breaking the Seals)
    In the pleasure quarters, the most important possessions were money and reputation. In danger of losing his lover, the courtesan Umegawa, the money courier Kameya Chűbŕ breaks the seals on a package of money entrusted to him after being taunted by a rival, even though the use of such money is punishable by death. Starring Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon as Chűbŕ, Kataoka Takatar˘ as Umegawa, Nakamura Ganjir˘ as Chűbŕ's treacherous friend Tanbaya Hachiemon, Kataoka Hidetar˘ as Oen, the proprietress of the teahouse, and Ichikawa Sadanji as Tsuchiya Jiemon.
  • Suzu-ga-Mori: The young samurai Shirai Gonpachi (Kataoka Ainosuke) is ambushed near the execution grounds of Edo on a dark night, but he manages to escape after a gruesome but humorous fight scene. He is watched by Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ (Matsumoto Haku˘), an Edo boss, who is impressed with his fighting skills and agrees to give him shelter in the city. This meeting between the handsome young Gonpachi and the heroic Ch˘bŕ is one of the most famous meetings in Kabuki.
  • Soga no Taimen: this is one of the oldest and most classical of all Kabuki plays. In the Edo period, every January, plays appeared about the vendetta carried out by the Soga brothers Jűr˘ and Gor˘ after eighteen years of hardship. In "Soga no Taimen" the brothers confront Kud˘ Suketsune, the man responsible for their father's death. More ceremony than play, it features each of the important Kabuki character types, including the bombastic aragoto style of Gor˘ and the soft wagoto style of Jűr˘. This month features a cast headed by Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon as Kud˘ and some of the most popular young stars in Kabuki with Kataoka Ainosuke as Gor˘ and Kataoka Takatar˘ as Jűr˘. Featuring also Kataoka Hidetar˘ as Maizuru.
  • K˘j˘: the close relationship between the actors and the audience is shown by these stage announcements, lavish ceremonies to commemorate various important events. In this case, all the stars of the cast assemble to celebrate the shűmei of Matsumoto Haku˘ II, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ X and Ichikawa Somegor˘ VIII. Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘ appears only in this k˘j˘.
  • Kanjinch˘: probably the most popular Kabuki play today, it includes dance, comedy and the heart-warming pathos of a band of heroes during their last days. Disguised as a band of traveling priests the fugitive general Yoshitsune and his small band of retainers are stopped at a road barrier. They escape only through the quick thinking of the head retainer, a warrior priest named Musashib˘ Benkei, who improvises the text of an elaborate imperial decree. Having escaped danger Benkei and the others describe their days of glory and hardships on the road to escape in a moving dance. This program stars Matsumoto K˘shir˘ in the role of Benkei, with Ichikawa Somegor˘ and Matsumoto Haku˘ as Yoshitsune and the barrier keeper Togashi.
  • Kari no Tayori: an unusual play in the ďsaka acting style originally written in the 19th century by Nakamura Utaemon III. A barber (Nakamura Ganjir˘) finds his feelings twisted one way and another by the events in the neighboring samurai mansion where the lord is trying to force Tsukasa (Nakamura Kazutar˘), a beautiful woman, to become his mistress. The play shows the barber's changing reactions to two letters from the beautiful woman declaring her love for him. One letter is sincere, the other is a forgery but both turn out to be dangerous traps. Featuring also Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Band˘ Takesabur˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘ and ichi6.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates ??? ~ ??? November 2018
    Kichirei Kaomise ďkabuki
    Annual Festive Face-Showing Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    ???

    Evening

    ???

    Casting

    ???

    Comments

    The traditional November kaomise programs at the Kabukiza!

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 26 November 2018
    Program

    Na mo Takashi ďoka Sabaki

    Casting

    Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Band˘ Rakuzen, Ichikawa Udanji

    Comments

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    Heisei Nakamuraza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 1 ~ 26 November 2018
    MatinÚe

    Genpei Nunobiki no Taki
    (Sanemori Monogatari)

    ďmi no Okane

    Korikori Banashi

    Evening

    Iyasakae Shibai no Nigiwai

    Bukaku Goj˘bashi

    Kanadehon Chűshingura
    (Gion Ichiriki Jaya)

    Casting

    Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Senjaku

    Comments

    The Heisei Nakamuraza is back in T˘ky˘ in Asakusa. These two programs commemorate the 6th anniversary (7th memorial services) of the passing away of the Heisei star Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII.

    Hakataza (Fukuoka)
    Dates 3 ~ 27 November 2018
    Jűichigatsu Hanagata Kabuki
    November Young Actors Kabuki
    Program

    Arashi no Yoru ni

    Casting

    Nakamura Shid˘, Onoe Matsuya, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Ichimura Manjir˘, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘, Nakamura Mantar˘, Nakamura Yonekichi, Ichimura Takematsu, Ichimura Kitsutar˘

    Comments

    The newly-created Kabuki drama "Arashi no Yoru ni", which was premiered in September 2015 in Ky˘to at the Minamiza [more details], is staged for the first time in Fukuoka at the Hakataza with almost the same casting.

    Yachiyoza (Kumamoto)
    Dates 30 October ~ 04 November 2018
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Eiz˘ x Buy˘ K˘en
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Image and Dance Performances
    Program

    K˘j˘

    Shunky˘ Kagami Jishi

    Fuji 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. 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.

    Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki Tour
    Dates ??? ~ ??? October 2018 (Sh˘chiku ďkabuki)
    Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki
    Program

    ???

    Casting

    ???

    Comments

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

    Classics Tour
    Dates 5 ~ 30 November 2018 (Koten he no Izanai)
    Invitation to the Classics
    Program

    Hibiki

    Goaisatsu

    Komori

    Sanja Matsuri

    Jayanagi

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Kudanji, ďtani Hiromatsu, Ichikawa Fukutar˘

    Comments

    The second leg (November) of the Fall Tour of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ with performances in 14 cities. The first number in the program is not a Kabuki dance-drama but a performance of taiko drum. The second item is a greetings stage talk ("Goaisatsu") done by Ichikawa Ebiz˘.

  • Komori: a young girl (Ichikawa Fukutar˘) runs onto stage chasing after a bird that has stolen the abura-age (deep fried t˘fu) she just bought. The girl is babysitting and begins to daydream as she tries to calm the crying baby strapped to her back. Dancing to a tune based on what was popular at the time, she plays doll shop, sings of love and romance and finally describes what life was like in her hometown.
  • Sanja Matsuri: a vigorous dance starring Ichikawa Kudanji and ďtani Hiromatsu. It is based on dolls at the Sanja festival showing the founding of the temple at Asakusa when two fishermen found a golden image of the Kannon in their nets. In this case, the holy spirits that they encounter are two spheres with the characters for "good" and "evil" on them, and the spirits possess the two and animate them into a lively dance.
  • Jayanagi: an extremely rare play from the original Kabuki Jűhachiban. High on holy Mt. K˘ya, there is a willow tree that attracts the vengeful spirits of jealous women which possesses a passing traveler. Starring Ichikawa Ebiz˘ in the roles of Suketar˘ of Tanba Province (in reality the spirit of the willow tree) and the powerful warrior Kong˘maru in the oshimodoshi grand finale.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

     
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