OCTOBER 2017

6 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, Shinbashi Enbuj˘, National Theatre, NHK Hall, Shibuya-ku Bunka S˘g˘ Center ďwada), 2 in Nagoya (NTK Hall), 1 in Kumamoto (Yachiyoza) and 1 tour (Classics Tour)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates 1 ~ 25 October 2017 (Jűgatsu ďkabuki)
October Grand Kabuki
MatinÚe

(Kiwametsuki Indoden) MahÔbÔrata Senki

Evening

Hototogisu Koj˘ no Rakugetsu

Kanjin Kanmon Tekuda no Hajimari

Aki no Irokusa

Casting

Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Onoe Matsuya, Ichikawa Danz˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Band˘ Rakuzen, Ichimura Manjir˘

Comments

The two highlights are the staging of a newly-created Kabuki drama entitled "(Kiwametsuki Indoden) MahÔbÔrata Senki" and the revival of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Kanjin Kanmon Tekuda no Hajimari". The former drama is based on the famous epic narrative "MahÔbhÔrata". It is staged to celebrate the 60th anniversary in 2017 of the Cultural and Friendship Agreement between Japan and India (signed in 1957). The latter drama was staged for the last time 23 years ago, in October 1994 at the Kabukiza.

National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
Dates 3 ~ 27 October 2017
Program

Reigen Kameyama Hoko
(Kameyama no Adauchi)

Casting

Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Kash˘, Kataoka Matsunosuke, Nakamura Baika

Comments

Tsuruya Nanboku IV's spectacular drama "Reigen Kameyama Hoko" is staged for the 3rd time with Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon in the role of the villain. It was previously staged in October 2002 at the National Theatre and in January 2009 at the Sh˘chikuza.

Nagoya
(NTK Hall)
Dates 1 ~ 25 October 2017 (Kinshű Nagoya Kaomise)
Autumn Brocade Nagoya Face-Showing Program
MatinÚe

Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna
(Shigenoi Kowakare)

Banch˘ Sarayashiki

Kumo no Ito Azusa no Yumihari

Evening

Haru o Kasanete Shikai Nami

Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai (Ninokuchi-mura)

Renjishi

Casting

Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Nakamura Matsue, Nakamura Kikaku

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 5th time, a venue commonly called NTK Hall in Nagoya.

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.

    NHK Hall (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 28 October 2017 (Koten Gein˘ Kansh˘ Kai)
    Program

    Heike Nyogo no Shima (Shunkan)

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Shikan, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Kotar˘, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Ichimura Kitsutar˘

    Comments

    44th 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 drama.

    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

    Shibuya-ku Bunka S˘g˘ Center ďwada (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 4 October 2017
    Program

    Shibuya Konn˘maru Densetsu

    Casting

    Ichikawa Somegor˘

    Comments

    A newly-created Kabuki dance at the Shibuya-ku Bunka S˘g˘ Center ďwada. Ichikawa Somegor˘ shares the stage with the dance masters Onoe Kikunoj˘ III and Onoe Miyako.

     
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