NOVEMBER 2020
Postponement of one Kabuki show in November 2020 due to coronavirus (COVID-19)!!!

6 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre), 1 in Fukuoka (Hakataza), 1 in Toyooka (Eirakukan) and 1 in Yamaga (Yachiyoza)!

  • ??? perform at the Kabukiza !
  • ??? perform at the National Theatre!
  • Ichikawa Ebiz˘ and Ichikawa Udanji perform at the Hakataza!
  • Kataoka Ainosuke and Nakamura Kazutar˘ perform at the Eirakukan!
  • Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs at the Yachiyoza!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates ??? ~ ??? November 2020
    Kichirei Kaomise ďkabuki
    Annual Festive Face-Showing Grand Kabuki
    1st program

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    2nd program

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    3rd program

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    4th program

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    Casting

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    Comments

    The traditional November kaomise programs at the Kabukiza.

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates ??? ~ ??? November 2020
    1st Program

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    2nd Program

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    Casting

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    Comments

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    Hakataza (Fukuoka)
    Dates 11 ~ 25 November 2020
    Ichikawa Ebiz˘ Tokubetsu K˘en
    Ichikawa Ebiz˘ Special Performances
    MatinÚe

    Ryűsei

    Kanjinch˘

    Evening

    Hagoromo

    Chatsubo

    Goaisatsu

    Omatsuri

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Udanji, Band˘ Minosuke, Nakamura Kotar˘, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Ichikawa Omez˘, Ichikawa Kudanji, ďtani Hiromatsu

    Comments

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘ performs at the Hakataza. First Kabuki performances in Fukuoka since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Ryűsei:
    (A Falling Star)
    In myth, the heavenly shepherd boy and celestial weaver maid only can meet once a year. They no longer are united than a falling star, or ryűsei appears with an urgent report, which actually turns out to be the story of marital discord in the family of the thunder god living in a poor tenement in heaven. The highlight of this dance is this story with the dancer changing instantly from role to role playing the thunder god, his angry wife, his little son and the elderly thunder goddess from next door who tries to break up the fight. Starring Band˘ Minosuke as a falling star.
  • 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 Ichikawa Ebiz˘ in the role of Benkei, with Nakamura Kotar˘ and Ichikawa Udanji as Yoshitsune and the barrier keeper Togashi.
  • Hagoromo: the legend of the angel who came to earth to bathe and then had her heavenly feathered robe stolen by a fisherman is famous in all forms of Japanese theater. This month features an elegant dance version of the story with ďtani Hiromatsu as the fisherman and Nakamura Kotar˘ as the angel.
  • Chatsubo: the farces of the classical Ky˘gen theater have universal appeal, showing the relationships of masters and servants and husbands and wives. In this particular dance play, a servant (Ichikawa Kudanji) carries a precious tea caddy which a thief (Band˘ Minosuke) then claims is his. The servant and the thief must both explain who owns the treasure, first in words, then in dance. Featuring also Kataoka Ichiz˘ in the role of the magistrate.
  • Goaisatsu: a special greetings (goaisatsu) stage speech made by Ichikawa Ebiz˘.
  • Omatsuri: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ as a gallant fireman boss at a festival telling a rueful tale of failure in love and showing the vigorous work songs of firefighters. Featuring also Ichikawa Udanji, Band˘ Minosuke, Nakamura Kotar˘ and ďtani Hiromatsu.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Eirakukan (Toyooka)
    Dates ??? ~ ??? November 2020
    Eirakukan ďkabuki
    Eirakukan Grand Kabuki
    Program

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    Casting

    Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘, ???

    Comments

    This is the 13th Kabuki program at the Eirakukan, a renovated traditional theater built in the city of Toyooka (prefecture of Hy˘go).

    Yachiyoza (Yamaga)
    Dates 30 October ~ 8 November 2020 [POSTPONED]
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Eiz˘ x Buy˘ K˘en
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Image and Dance Performances
    Program

    Omemie K˘j˘

    Fuji Musume

    Sagi Musume

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘

    Comments

    A special Buy˘ program starring the amazing Living National Treasure onnagata Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in Yamaga 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. It celebrates the 30th anniversary of Band˘ Tamasabur˘'s performances at the Yachiyoza. It was originally supposed to be staged in May 2020, then again in October 2020/November 2020, but, due to the COVID-19 crisis, it was postponed twice.

     
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