OCTOBER 2015

6 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, Shinbashi Enbuj˘, National Theatre, NHK Hall), 2 in Nagoya (NTK Hall), 3 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza, Heisei Nakamuraza), 1 in Ky˘to (Minamiza), 1 in Nikk˘ (Nikk˘ T˘sh˘gű), 2 in Kumamoto (Yachiyoza, Yachiyoza) and 1 in Izumo (Izumo Taisha)!

  • Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘, Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Onoe Sh˘roku, Onoe Kikunosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danz˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘ and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ perform at the Kabukiza !
  • Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun and Nakamura T˘z˘ perform at the National Theatre!
  • Ichikawa Ennosuke and the Omodakaya guild perform at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘!
  • Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Nakamura Shibajaku, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Nakamura Matagor˘ and Nakamura Karoku perform at the NTK Hall!
  • Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku and Band˘ Yajűr˘ perform at the Heisei Nakamuraza!
  • Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke perform at the Sh˘chikuza!
  • Ichikawa Ebiz˘ performs at the Yachiyoza, Izumo Taisha, Nikk˘ T˘sh˘gű and Minamiza !
  • Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs at the Yachiyoza!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 1 ~ 25 October 2015 (Jűgatsu ďkabuki)
    October Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Otowa-ga-Dake Danmari

    Ya-no-Ne

    Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki
    (Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari)

    Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi

    Evening

    Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki (Akoya)

    Tsuyu Kosode Mukashi Hachij˘ (Kamiyui Shinza)

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘, Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Onoe Sh˘roku, Onoe Kikunosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danz˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Ichimura Kakitsu, Band˘ Shűch˘, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘, Ichikawa Unosuke, Band˘ Kamesabur˘, Band˘ Kametoshi, Onoe Matsuya, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Mantar˘, Nakamura Kotar˘, Onoe Ukon, Onoe Sakon, Kataoka Matsunosuke

    Comments

    The 26th anniversary (27th memorial service) of the passing away of Onoe Sh˘roku II is commemorated this month at the Kabukiza. 3 plays are staged to celebrate this anniversary: "Ya-no-Ne", "Bunshichi Mottoi" and "Kamiyui Shinza". Onoe Sh˘roku II's grandson Onoe Sh˘roku IV plays the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and the kamiyui Shinza in "Ya-no-Ne" and "Kamiyui Shinza". He has already had the opportunity to perform the former role but it is the first time he performs the latter role. Onoe Sh˘roku has already performed several times the role of Shinza's henchman Katsu. The tradition is that you can't perform the role of Shinza unless you've already played the role of Katsu. The tradition is therefore fully respected! An important highlight in these October programs is the staging of "Akoya" with Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in the leading eponympous role. Young actors Onoe Kikunosuke and Band˘ Kamesabur˘ play the roles of Chichibu no Sh˘ji Shigetada and Iwanaga Saemon Munetsura. It is the first time for both of them! Another interesting feature in these programs is that two Living National Treasure perform minor supporting roles in "Kamiyui Shinza": Kataoka Nizaemon and Onoe Kikugor˘ will play the roles of Kagaya Tobŕ and the bonito-seller Shinkichi!

  • Otowa-ga-Dake Danmari:
    (The danmari on Otowa Peak)
    A danmari is a fight in the dark where all the characters grope in the dark over some key object. When it occurs in a play, it showcases the different characters, while the movement of objects creates plot complications that motivate the rest of the play. When a danmari is an independent play, it has some central characters and some special plot twist and each time it is performed, the rest of the cast is filled out with typical Kabuki characters to fit the actors who will appear. "Otowa-ga-Dake Dammari" was first performed in 1935 in memory of Onoe Kikugor˘ V. Featuring Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘, Onoe Matsuya and Nakamura Baishi.
  • Ya-no-Ne: like a picture come to life, this play combines the most exaggerated costumes and movements with leisurely humor. The aragoto hero Soga no Gor˘ is sharpening a giant arrow and sleeping in wishes of good fortune for the New Year when he sees his brother Jűr˘ in a dream asking him to come and rescue him. The two Soga brothers are part of one of the most popular vendetta stories in Kabuki, suffering for eighteen years before being able to avenge the death of their father. In this play, when Gor˘ finds out that his brother is in trouble, he jumps on the horse of a passing daikon vendor and, brandishing a giant daikon as a whip prepares to rush to his brother's side. Starring Onoe Sh˘roku and Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘ as Gor˘ and Jűr˘. Featuring also Band˘ Hikosabur˘ and Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘.
  • Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari: the world is ruled by Taira no Kiyomori, the leader of the Heike clan. Tokiwa Gozen, the widow of the head of the defeated Genji clan and mother of Yoritomo and Yoshitsune, the future leaders of the clan, has become the mistress of the dictator Kiyomori, then the wife of Lord ďkura, a seemingly simple-minded fool who spends all his time watching pretty women dance. Outraged members of the Genji clan sneak into Lord ďkura's mansion only to discover that Tokiwa Gozen's immorality and Lord ďkura's idiocy are a guise, the only way to survive in a world ruled by the enemy. This performance stars Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon as Lord ďkura, Nakamura Tokiz˘ as Tokiwa Gozen, Onoe Kikunosuke as Yoshioka Kijir˘ and Kataoka Takatar˘ as Yoshioka's wife Oky˘.
  • Bunshichi Mottoi: Ch˘bŕ spends his days and nights gambling, but is finally made aware of his family's problems when his daughter takes a job in the pleasure quarters. Having received the money for her contract, he shows his good side to save a young man on the edge of suicide after losing a large sum of money, but nobody believes Ch˘bŕ, thinking that he has gambled the money away. The performance stars Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘ and Nakamura Baishi in the roles of Ch˘bŕ, Ch˘bŕ's wife Okane and Bunshichi. Starring also Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ as Okoma. Featuring also Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danz˘, Onoe Sh˘roku and Onoe Matsuya.
  • Akoya: the courtesan Akoya is the wife of the fugitive general Kagekiyo and has been captured and will be tortured until she reveals his whereabouts. But she claims not to know. The wise Shigetada (Onoe Kikunosuke) puts Akoya to a test, all the time hindered by his companion, the humorous villain Iwanaga (Band˘ Kamesabur˘). Shigetada forces Akoya to play several instruments since the slightest disturbance in the sound would indicate that she is lying. A showpiece for an onnagata who must actually play the koto, the bowed kokyű and the shamisen flawlessly as part of the drama. Starring Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ as Akoya.
  • Kamiyui Shinza: Shinza is a barber that goes from door to door, but at the same time, he is a villain that kidnaps Okuma, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy household, and even resists the efforts of Yatagor˘ Genshichi, the most prestigious strongman in town, to get her release. Starring Onoe Sh˘roku as Shinza, Nakamura Baishi as Okuma, Nakamura Tokiz˘ as Chűshichi and Ichikawa Danz˘ as Yatagor˘ Genshichi. Starring also Living National Treasures Onoe Kikugor˘ and Kataoka Nizaemon in two minor roles! Featuring also Kataoka Hidetar˘, Band˘ Shűch˘ and Ichikawa Unosuke.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 7 October ~ 25 November 2015 (SűpÔ Kabuki Sekando)
    Super Kabuki II
    Program

    ONE PIECE

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ennosuke, Ichikawa Ukon, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Omez˘, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Shun'en, Ichikawa En'ya, Ichikawa Juen, Ichikawa K˘tar˘, Band˘ Minosuke, Nakamura Hayato

    Comments

    A hot topic in Fall 2015: Oda Eiichir˘'s internationally popular manga "ONE PIECE" gets his first Kabuki adaptation by Ichikawa Ennosuke. Technically and artistically speaking, it is not Kabuki but SűpÔ Kabuki Sekando (the second generation of SűpÔ Kabuki), a genre created by Ichikawa Ennosuke III and continued by his nephew Ichikawa Ennosuke IV. Most of the actors are Kabuki actors, with 3 non-Kabuki guest actors : Fukushi Seiji, Kashima Noritoshi and Asano Kazuyuki.

  • 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

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 27 October 2015
    Program

    Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba

  • Ai no Yama/Yadoya/Okkake/Jiz˘-mae/Futami-ga-Ura
  • Fukuoka Magodayű Yashiki Daidaik˘
  • Aburaya/Okuniwa
  • Casting

    Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura T˘z˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Nakamura Kikaku, Nakamura Matsue, Nakamura Kazutar˘, ďtani Tomoemon, Matsumoto Kingo, ďtani Keiz˘, Sawamura Yoshijir˘, Nakamura Jűjir˘

    Comments

    "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba" is staged in a t˘shi ky˘gen production (3 acts; 8 scenes) at the National Theatre. The rarely-staged "Daidaik˘" act is revived! It was staged for the last time in July 1962 at the Kabukiza, more than 53 years ago.

  • Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba: in May 1796, there was a murder case caused by a local doctor Magofuku Itsuki at Aburaya, a courtesan house in Furuichi, Ise Province. Based on this incident, this piece has been enjoying high popularity since its first performance in July 1796, which got favorable notices for its artful structure and ingenious staging. Centering around the investigation into the celebrated sword Aoe Shimosaka that caused the feud of a daimy˘ family, the story set in the notable site in Ise unfolds, depicting the love between the main character Fukuoka Mitsugi who was modeled on Itsuki and Okon (Nakamura Kazutar˘), a courtesan at Aburaya. This program is first performed in the National Theatreĺs Kabuki Performance, and you can enjoy the full-length play, which is performed for the first time in 53 years. Aoe Shimosaka, a sword treasured in the Hachisuka family, the domain lords in Awa Province, went missing. Chief retainerĺs son Imada Manjir˘ (Ichikawa Komaz˘) found the sword, but he pawns it for his amusement expenses, instigated by Tokushima Iwaji and his fellow-conspirators, part of the ensuing rebellion. On top of that, the ring replaces the genuine written appraisal for the sword with forged one. With his birth parents being the retainers of the Imada family, Mitsugi, an adopted son of his Ise mentor Fukuoka Magodayű, busily involves in the recovery of the sword and the appraisal. Magodayű's younger brother Saruta Hikodayű (Matsumoto Kingo) makes his nephew Sh˘jiki Sh˘dayű steal the daidaik˘ (a religious body set up for the visit to the Grand Shrines of Ise) reserve fund worthy 100 ry˘, fixing the blame on Mitsugi. However, Mitsugiĺs aunt Omineĺs wittiness catches out the wrongdoing by Hikodayű and Sh˘dayű. Mitsugi visits Aburaya in order to give Manjir˘ the Aoe Shimosaka sword, which he obtained in cooperation with Omine. However, Iwaji switches the blades secretly. Besides, Mitsugi gets abandoned by his sweetheart Okon. Her true intention, however, was to take back the appraisal for Mitsugi by pretending she was giving herself to Iwaji. Insulted by chief maid Manno who supports Iwaji, and also abused by Iwaji and his sidekicks, Mitsugi goes off keeping a lid on his anger. Then, the cook Kisuke, a retainer of Mitsugi, notices that Iwaji switched the swords so he hands Mitsugi the genuine one. But Mitsugi believes he has the fake not knowing the fact, and returns to Aburaya, then slashes Manno during arguments with her. As if led by the weird and ghostly air of the sword, he goes on to slay Manno, Iwaji and others. Later, Mitsugi finds the real intention of Okon, who hands the appraisal to him, and realizes from Kisukeĺs words that he has the genuine sword. He heads to see Manjir˘, to hand him the sword and the appraisal. In roller-coastering opening acts, you can enjoy the natural appeal of Kabuki such as the funny give-and-take over the secret letters on an evil deed in "Okkake" and "Jiz˘-mae", and a fantastic dumb show given in the dark in "Futami-ga-Ura". In the comedy "Daidaik˘", the humorous performance by the clown villain Sh˘dayű livens up the stage. In "Aburaya", Mitsugiĺs anger gradually boils up while the characters with lots of personality get involved. The elaborate depiction of such a process attracts the interest of the audience, making all of you glue to the stage till the end, the appalling scene of murder in "Okuniwa". Nakamura Baigyoku plays the role of the good-looking hero Mitsugi throughout the whole play. Also, we have a variegated lineup for you, including Nakamura Kaishun as Manno; Nakamura T˘z˘ as Omine; and Nakamura Ganjir˘, doubling as Sh˘dayű and Kisuke. Featuring also ďtani Tomoemon and Nakamura Kikaku as Fujinami Sazen and the yakko Rinpei.
  • Source: National Theatre

    Dates 24 October 2015 (Dent˘ Kabuki Hozonkai Kenshű Happy˘kai)
    Training Recital of the Organization for the Preservation of Kabuki
    Program

    Otanoshimi Zadankai

    Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba
    (Aburaya/Okuniwa)

    Casting

    Nakamura Kikaku, Nakamura Umemaru, Matsumoto Kin'ya, Nakamura Gannosuke, Sawamura Ujűr˘, Nakamura Toshiya, Nakamura Toshijir˘, Nakamura Harunosuke, Matsumoto Kinji

    Comments

    16th Training Recital at the National Theatre produced by the Organization for the Preservation of Kabuki. "Otanoshimi Zadankai" (literally "Enjoyable Roundtable Discussion") is a stage speech supervised by the long-time NHK announcer Kasai Seiji.

  • Ise Ondo: this play is famous for its classical depiction of a woman who must pretend to reject her lover for his sake and for the beautiful and gruesome dance-like killing scene at the end, done to the music of the Ise pleasure quarters. Fukuoka Mitsugi (Nakamura Kikaku), a young apprentice at the holy Shrine of Ise tries to help find the stolen treasured sword of his clan out of duty to his former lord. Mitsugi has the sword in his possession, but must now find the certificate of authentication and in order to get it for him, Okon (Nakamura Umemaru), a courtesan who is in love with Mitsugi must pretend to forsake Mitsugi. But he believes that she has truly betrayed him and further angered by the humiliating accusations of Manno (Nakamura Gannosuke), the head maid of the Aburaya brothel, Mitsugi inadvertently draws the sword, said to be cursed, and the rampage begins. Featuring also Matsumoto Kin'ya in the role of the cook Kisuke.
  • Source: Earphone Guide website

    Nagoya
    (NTK Hall)
    Dates 3 ~ 25 October 2015 (Kinshű Nagoya Kaomise)
    Autumn Brocade Nagoya Face-Showing Program
    MatinÚe

    Anma to Dorob˘

    Fuji Musume

    Matsuura no Taiko

    Evening

    Heike Nyogo no Shima (Shunkan)

    Tachi Nusubito

    Ukiyozuka Hiyoku no Inazuma

  • Sanza R˘taku
  • Sayaate
  • Casting

    Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Nakamura Shibajaku, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Nakamura Matagor˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Yonekichi, Nakamura Tanenosuke

    Comments

    The October kaomise programs in Nagoya. As the Misonoza closed in Spring 2013, these programs are staged at the Nihon Tokushu T˘gy˘ Shimin Kaikan for the third time, a venue commonly called NTK Hall in Nagoya.

  • Anma to Dorob˘:
    (The Blind Masseur and the Thief)
    This modern play by Murakami Genz˘ shows a thief (Nakamura Kinnosuke) who tries to rob a blind masseur (Nakamura Karoku) of his savings, thinking that he would be an easy target. But the masseur is more than a match for him and before the thief knows what has happened, the two are drinking together like old friends and the masseur begins to try to persuade him to give up his life of crime.
  • 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 Shibajaku.
  • Matsuura no Taiko: Lord Matsuura (Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon) lives next door to the enemy of the loyal retainers and is disgusted because they do not seem to be interested in avenging the death of the lord. He is especially upset because he studied with the same fighting teacher as Kuranosuke, the senior retainer who should be leading the vendetta. Moreover, he learns from the haiku teacher Takarai Kikaku (Nakamura Karoku) that his student ďtaka Gengo (Nakamura Matagor˘) who should be part of the vendetta left a poem suggesting that he was forgetting his former lord and going to take service with another samurai lord. Gengo's sister Onui (Nakamura Yonekichi) serves Lord Matsuura and in disgust he is about to dismiss her, when there is a disturbance from next door. The attack has begun, and in joy, Lord Matsuura counts out the strokes of the drum, struck in a pattern that is only known by students of his fighting teacher.
  • Shunkan: the priest Shunkan (Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon) has been exiled to Devil's Island for plotting against the dictator Kiyomori. A pardon is given to his fellow conspirators, but Shunkan is only saved by an additional pardon given by Kiyomori's compassionate son. Even so, he gives up his place on the boat to freedom so his companion's new wife can accompany her husband back to the capital. The boat leaves and Shunkan is left watching is disappear in the distance, knowing he will be left on the island forever. Featuring Nakamura Matagor˘ as the evil emissary Senoo and Nakamura Karoku as the merciful envoy Tanzaemon. With Nakamura Shibajaku as the island girl Chidori and Nakamura Kinnosuke as Naritsune, Shunkan's fellow exile who has fallen in love with her.
  • Tachi Nusubito: 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 farmer named Manbŕ (Nakamura Kinnosuke) carries a precious sword, which is made of gold. The thief Kurobŕ (Nakamura Matagor˘) quietly removes the sword from Manbŕ in a crowd. When Manbŕ finds his sword missing and notices Kurobŕ wearing it, a loud dispute ensues. Manbŕ and Kurobŕ must both explain who owns the sword, first in words, then in dance to a magistrate, who must try to figure out who tells the truth.
  • Ukiyozuka Hiyoku no Inazuma: originally based on a comic book which wittily showed the daily life of famous historical characters fallen on hard times, the full length play dramatized the stories of the handsome young samurai Nagoya Sanza and Shirai Gonpachi, creating the classical versions of these old characters that have become standard today. Nagoya Sanza was a flashy hero of the late 16th century who became the model of masculine beauty in the earliest days of Kabuki. The play also shows his lover Iwahashi, a lady-in-waiting in a samurai household who becomes a courtesan to be with her love and the darkly attractive Fuwa Banzaemon who is Sanzaĺs enemy because he killed Sanzaĺs father. The play shows the rivalries and fights within the samurai household that result in all these characters being thrown into the nightlife of Edoĺs pleasure quarters, then with exaggeration and grotesque humor shows Nagoya Sanzaĺs life as a masterless samurai. Finally, with swaggering movements and stately spectacle, it shows the confrontation of the two men in the middle of the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters with the cherry trees in full bloom. Starring Nakamura Kinnosuke as Nagoya Sanza, Nakamura Shibajaku in three roles as the courtesan Katsuragi, the maid Okuni and a woman who stops the fight between the two in the pleasure quarters, and Nakamura Matagor˘ as Fuwa Banzaemon.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Heisei Nakamuraza (ďsaka)
    Dates 25 October ~ 26 November 2015
    MatinÚe

    Onna Shibaraku

    Shikakubashira Saru no Kusemai

    Korikori Banashi

    Evening

    Heike Nyogo no Shima (Shunkan)

    M˘moku Monogatari

    Casting

    Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Tsurumatsu, Nakamura Toranosuke, Nakamura Kunio

    Comments

    The Heisei Nakamuraza is in ďsaka for the third time. This time, it is a 33-day project, with two different programs. The temporary koshibai look-alike theater is built in the precincts of the ďsaka Castle, in the heart of the Nishi no Maru Park. These performances celebrate the 400th anniversary of the beginning of the Siege of ďsaka, which started in Fall/Winter 2014 (the "Winter Siege" (Fuyu no Jin in Japanese) from November 1614 to January 1615) and ended in Summer 2015 (the summer siege (Natsu no Jin in Japanese) in May and June 1615). The output of this bloody war was the complete destruction of both the ďsaka Castle and the line of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

  • Onna Shibaraku: more ceremony than play, "Shibaraku" is one of the oldest pieces in Kabuki. Just as an evil villain is about to execute a group of loyal retainers, a voice calls out for him to wait and a hero appears to save the day. This version is a parody, though, as the hero is played by an onnagata female role specialist, who mixes the super-human strength of an aragoto hero with the soft gentleness of a Kabuki heroine. Featuring Nakamura Shichinosuke as the heroine and Nakamura Hashinosuke as the larger-than-life villain, with Nakamura Kankur˘ as a friendly stage attendant who makes sure that everything goes right. Featuring also Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Yajűr˘ and Kataoka Kamez˘.
  • Saru no Kusemai: Toyotomi Heikichi (Nakamura Kankur˘) demonstrates his fighting skills in front of his master Oda Harunaga. This dance is a beautiful tachimawari with Toyotomi Heikichi gracefully fighting against yakko. "Saru no Kusemai" means literally the old dance of the monkey. Toyotomi Heikichi was said in his teens to look like a monkey.
  • Korikori Banashi:
    (Bewitching Foxes and Badgers)
    In Japan, foxes and tanuki badgers are said to have the power to take the shape of humans, and in that form, they play mischievously, sometimes causing great harm. In this play by the contemporary playwrite H˘j˘ Hideji (1902~1996), foxes and badgers do not appear, but the scheming of human beings is no less crafty than that of those magical creatures. The play features Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke and Kataoka Kamez˘.
  • Shunkan: the priest Shunkan (Nakamura Hashinosuke) has been exiled to Devil's Island for plotting against the dictator Kiyomori. A pardon is given to his fellow conspirators, but Shunkan is only saved by an additional pardon given by Kiyomori's compassionate son. Even so, he gives up his place on the boat to freedom so his companion's new wife can accompany her husband back to the capital. The boat leaves and Shunkan is left watching is disappear in the distance, knowing he will be left on the island forever. Featuring Kataoka Kamez˘ as the evil emissary Senoo and Nakamura Senjaku as the merciful envoy Tanzaemon. With Shingo/Nakamura Tsurumatsu as the island girl Chidori (Band˘ Shingo from October to the 10th of November; Nakamura Tsurumatsu from the 11th to the 20th of November) and Nakamura Kunio as Naritsune, Shunkan's fellow exile who has fallen in love with her.
  • M˘moku Monogatari: this modern play by Uno Nobuo based on a story by Tanizaki Jun'ichir˘ shows some of the most famous figures in Japanese history through the unique perspective of the experiences of a blind masseur. Oichi, said to be the most beautiful woman of the day, constantly finds herself becoming a pawn to the ambitions and desires of the powerful men that surround her, including the man that eventually becomes the great Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Starring Nakamura Kankur˘ as both the blind Yaichi and Hideyoshi, and Nakamura Senjaku as Oichi. Featuring also Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Band˘ Yajűr˘ and Kataoka Kamez˘.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates 3 ~ 17 October 2015 (Kabuki NEXT)
    Kabuki NEXT
    Program

    Aterui

    Casting

    Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke

    Comments

    A brand new genre was born in the Kabuki world! After Kabuki, Shinkabuki, SűpÔ Kabuki, SűpÔ Kabuki II and Roppongi Kabuki (Sci-Fi Kabuki), here comes alive Kabuki NEXT. The first Kabuki NEXT drama is "Aterui", which was written by Nakajima Kazuki for Ichikawa Somegor˘. It was staged for the first time in August 2002 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, starring Ichikawa Somegor˘ with a non-Kabuki cast! In 2002, it was not a Kabuki or a Kabuki NEXT production. In 2015, it was revised to become the first Kabuki NEXT drama in Kabuki history, with a full Kabuki cast. It was staged in July 2015 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘. The story is about the Emishi warrior Aterui (Ichikawa Somegor˘), who is fighting for the independence of the Emishi people against the Japanese army led by the general Sakanoue no Tamuramaro (Nakamura Kankur˘). The third character of "Aterui" is the Emishi beautiful woman Tate Eboshi (Nakamura Shichinosuke).

    Yachiyoza (Kumamoto)
    Dates 29 September ~ 4 October 2015 (JAPAN THEATER)
    Program

    Goaisatsu

    Mimasu Kuruwa no Kasauri

    Kagutsuchi no Mai

    Casting

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

    Comments

    A special JAPAN THEATER Kabuki program at the Yachiyoza, starring Ichikawa Ebiz˘.

    Izumo Taisha (Izumo)
    Dates 7 October 2015 (JAPAN THEATER)
    Program

    Omemie K˘j˘

    Ikari Tomomori

    Kagutsuchi no Mai

    Casting

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

    Comments

    A special JAPAN THEATER Kabuki program at the Izumo Taisha, starring Ichikawa Ebiz˘. The performances are done on a special stage built within the shrine.

    Nikk˘ T˘sh˘gű (Nikk˘)
    Dates 10 ~ 11 October 2015 (JAPAN THEATER)
    Program

    Omemie K˘j˘

    Ikari no Tomomori

    Kagutsuchi no Mai

    Casting

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

    Comments

    A special JAPAN THEATER Kabuki program at the Nikk˘ T˘sh˘gű, starring Ichikawa Ebiz˘. The performances are done on a special stage built within the shrine.

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 23 ~ 26 October 2015 (JAPAN THEATER)
    Program

    Sh˘fudatsuki Kongen Kusazuri

    Kagutsuchi no Mai

    Funa Benkei
    Not the Kabuki dance-drama but a hann˘ performance of the N˘ drama "Funa Benkei"

    Mimasu Kuruwa no Kasauri

    Casting

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

    Comments

    A special JAPAN THEATER Kabuki program at the Minamiza, starring Ichikawa Ebiz˘. The third item in the program is a drama performed (hann˘, not the full performance) by two actors: Kanze Tetsunoj˘ IX and Katayama Kur˘emon X.

    NHK Hall (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 28 October 2015 (Koten Gein˘ Kansh˘ Kai)
    Program

    Migawari Zazen

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘, Nakamura Baishi, Onoe Ukon

    Comments

    42nd edition of Koten Gein˘ Kansh˘ Kai (literally the "Classics Entertainment Appreciation Association"), a yearly performance produced by the National TV network NHK. The program includes traditional music, one ky˘gen and one Kabuki dance-drama.

  • Migawari Zazen: a dance play adopted from a classical ky˘gen farce. A man (Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘) wants nothing more than to visit his lover Hanako, but he has one important problem, his homely and overbearing wife (Ichikawa Sadanji). He creates a scheme saying that he will be practicing Zen meditation all night and has his servant (Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘) take his place while he visits Hanako. He returns, giddy from a night of pleasure and tells his story to his servant in dance, unaware that his wife has discovered his deception and has taken his servant's place.
  • Source: Earphone Guide website

    Yachiyoza (Kumamoto)
    Dates 29 October ~ 3 November 2015
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Special Dance Performances
    Program

    Omemie K˘j˘

    Keisei

    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. The first item in the program is a k˘j˘.

  • Keisei: a beautiful top-rank courtesan (keisei) with her attendants makes parade along the Nakanoch˘ Boulevard of the Yoshiwara pleasure quarter in Edo. She enters a room in the brothel and expresses her pure love for her lover in a graceful manner, though complaining that he does not come how long she waits for him. Then she expresses in dance the scenic beauty in each season and the elegant atmosphere in the pleasure quarters, and her love for him grows stronger. A scene from a seven-transformation hengemono "Nijirigaki Nanatsu Iroha", this is an old-fashioned, tasteful dance. Enjoy the cultured elegance of the top-rank courtesan in the pleasure quarters acted by Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ with his new direction in the performance at Nissay Theatre in October 2011.
  • 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 Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘.
  • Source: Earphone Guide website

     
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