OCTOBER 2019

6 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Shinbashi Enbuj˘, New National Theatre, National Theatre, Asakusa K˘kaid˘), 2 in Nagoya (Misonoza), 1 in Kumamoto (Yachiyoza), 1 in Midori (Nagame Yoky˘j˘) and 1 tour (Kinshű Special Tour)!

  • Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Ainosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Rakuzen, Nakamura Karoku, Band˘ Minosuke and Onoe Matsuya perform at the Kabukiza !
  • Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Shikan, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Matagor˘ and Ichikawa Komaz˘ perform at the National Theatre !
  • Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Kataoka Hidetar˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Takatar˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke and Nakamura Shid˘ perform at the Misonoza !
  • Ichikawa Ennosuke and Nakamura Hayato perform at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ !
  • Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke are on tour (Kinshű Special Tour)!
  • Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs at the Yachiyoza !
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 October 2019
    Geijutsusai Jűgatsu ďkabuki
    National Arts Festival October Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Kuruwa Sanbas˘

    Gohiiki Kanjinch˘ (Ataka no Seki)

    Kumo no Ito Azusa no Yumihari

    Edo Sodachi Omatsuri Sashichi

    Evening

    Sannin Kichisa Tomoe no Shiranami

    Futari Shizuka

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Ainosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Rakuzen, Nakamura Karoku, Band˘ Minosuke, Onoe Matsuya, Ichikawa Sai'nyű, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Kotar˘, Ichimura Manjir˘, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘, Band˘ Kamez˘, Onoe Ukon, ďtani Hiromatsu, Nakamura Mantar˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Arashi Kitsusabur˘, Ichimura Kitsutar˘, Band˘ Kamesabur˘, Terajima Mahoro

    Comments

    The usual October Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza.

  • Kuruwa Sanbas˘: the sanbas˘ is an auspicious dance based on the ritual play Okina in the classical theater which shows an old man as a symbol of longevity and the energetic sanbas˘ as a symbol of fertility and prosperity. In Kabuki there are many different versions, but this particular one sets the dance in the pleasure quarters and has a beautiful top-ranking courtesan in place of the old man and a taiko mochi entertainer instead of the boisterous sanbas˘. To celebrate the New Year, this dance features Nakamura Senjaku as the keisei, Nakamura Baishi as the shinz˘ and Band˘ Minosuke as the taiko mochi.
  • Ataka no Seki: "Gohiiki Kanjinch˘" was first performed in 1773 and is most famous for its comic aragoto version of the famous play "Kanjinch˘" (The Subscription List). As they are fleeing, the powerful warrior priest Benkei (Onoe Sh˘roku) gets his master Yoshitsune (Band˘ Kamez˘) through the barrier by pretending to be very weak and allowing himself to be tied up. He cries like a baby when he is tormented by the barrier attendants. But when Benkei decides that his master is safe, he explodes with energy, showing off the bombastic aragoto style of acting. He breaks the ropes and pulls off the heads of the attendants, tossing them into a barrel and washing them like a bunch of potatoes. Featuring also Kataoka Ainosuke, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Kataoka Kamez˘ and Onoe Matsuya.
  • Kumo no Ito: one of the oldest dances related to the legend of a giant ground spider that attacked the medieval warrior Minamoto no Yorimitsu. Yorimitsu is visited by the spider with magical powers disguised first as a kosh˘, second as a taiko mochi, third as a zat˘ and finally as a keisei. After revealing its true nature, the spider spins trying to trap the warrior in its web. Kataoka Ainosuke plays the five roles of this hengemono. Featuring Ichikawa Udanji as Minamoto no Yorimitsu. Featuring also Onoe Matsuya.
  • Omatsuri Sashichi: the fireman Sashichi (Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘) is in love with the geisha Koito (Nakamura Tokiz˘), but their happiness is ruined by Koito's greedy mother and her constant schemes to get money from them. Her plots go too far when she claims that Koito's true father murdered Sashichi's father. Already angered by what he thinks are Koito's broken promises, Sashichi attacks her on a rainy night in a famous killing scene. Featuring also Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danz˘, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Band˘ Rakuzen and Ichimura Manjir˘.
  • Sannin Kichisa:
    (Three Thieves Named Kichisa)
    The late 19th century playwright Kawatake Mokuami excelled at plays about thieves and this play is considered to be one of his greatest. Three thieves, all with the name Kichisa, meet on a riverbank. Oj˘ Kichisa (Onoe Matsuya oOn even-numbered days; Nakamura Baishi on odd-numbered days) was once a Kabuki onnagata and robs in the guise of a woman. Ob˘ Kichisa (Kataoka Ainosuke) is a handsome young man while Osh˘ Kichisa (Onoe Sh˘roku) has more weight and stature as the head of a derelict temple. Though they start out as rivals, they decide to become blood brothers and form a gang. The three are bound by fate in many ways, with the crimes of one leading to hardship of the family of another. But the same sins and crimes also lead to rescue and salvation. The play combines dark drama with the most beautiful of poetry. In the famous scene on a riverbank Oj˘ Kichisa kills a young prostitute and then speaks in the playwrightĺs famous rhythmical speech of the moon on a hazy night and the gold coins that have fallen into his hands. Soon, these gold coins will link together the three thieves named Kichisa, and in turn, draw these three into a larger drama of crime and retribution. The play combines the playwright Kawatake Mokuami's gritty depiction of the lowest levels of society with intoxicatingly beautiful music and poetry to bring life to his vision of the cycles of sin and retribution. Featuring also Nakamura Karoku, Band˘ Minosuke and Band˘ Kamez˘.
  • Futari Shizuka:
    (The Two Shizukas)
    As a woman picks herbs for a shrine ritual, the spirit of Shizuka Gozen possesses her and asks the priest to copy a sutra. As she dances at the priest's request, Shizuka's spirit dances with her, asking him to pray for her soul before disappearing. Starring Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 October 2019
    Program

    Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Shikan, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Matagor˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Nakamura Matsue, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Yonekichi, ďtani Hirotar˘, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Baika

    Comments

    Revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Tenjiku Tokubŕ"!

  • Tenjiku Tokubŕ: written in 1804, it was one of the first hit plays by the playwright Tsuruya Nanboku IV, who is famous for his ghost plays. The play features Tenjiku Tokubŕ, a villain who has magical skills. He escapes from pursuers by transforming himself into a giant toad and the star reveals himself as the actor inside the suit in an exciting fight scene. A mysterious blind monk arrives at the mansion of a samurai lord and entertains with the music of a strange xylophone-like instrument and stories of foreign countries, only to be unmasked as Tokubŕ. He jumps into the pond in the garden, with a spray of real water, only to appear instantly in a new guise at the end of the hanamichi runway. In the Edo period, rumors that these tricks were performed with illegal Christian magic led to an investigation by officials of the Shogunate. (These rumors may have been started deliberately as a publicity stunt). Instead of closing down the show, it made it wildly popular and gave it a sensational three-month run - unprecedented for a play that started as a stopgap, summer production. The play begins with a mysterious old man (Band˘ Yajűr˘) who reveals to Tokubŕ (Nakamura Shikan) that he is his son, and that he is actually Chinese and aims to take control of Japan. The old man commits suicide to pass on his secrets of magic. The mansion collapses and soon, Tokubŕ can be seen on the roof, standing on a giant toad holding the cut-off head of the old man. This production features all the spectacular scenes of the original play, using all the modern technical resources of the stage at the National Theatre for a play that is guaranteed to be an enjoyable treat. Featuring Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Matagor˘ and Ichikawa Komaz˘.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Misonoza (Nagoya)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 October 2019
    Kichirei Kaomise
    Annual Festive Face-Showing Program
    MatinÚe

    Kitsune to Fuefuki

    Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki

  • Sum˘ba
  • Nanba Ura Koroshi
  • Hikimado
  • Evening

    Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi (Ageya)

    Migawari Zazen

    Mabuta no Haha

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Kataoka Hidetar˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Takatar˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Nakamura Shid˘

    Comments

    50th edition of the classic October kaomise programs in Nagoya.

  • Kitsune to Fuefuki: this is a modern play by the late H˘j˘ Hideji. Based on an ancient tale, it combines the atmosphere of a fairy tale with very human emotions. A young court flute player (Nakamura Baigyoku) is disconsolate after the death of his wife, but comes to live with a woman that looks just like her (Nakamura Jakuemon). In fact, she is a fox whose life he saved. But they must not sleep together or she will die. One day, furious after losing the opportunity to play in front of the emperor, the flute player drinks, and, no longer able to control his desire, sleeps with her. The next day, the flute player commits suicide embracing her dead body.
  • Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki: first performed in 1749 in the puppet theatre, this is a popular play in Kabuki as well. However, usually only two scenes are performed, the climactic "Hikimado" ("the Skylight") scene and, less frequently, "Sum˘ba" ("the Sum˘ Bout"). This production shows not only "Hikimado" but scenes that make clear the complex relationships among the main characters. "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘" means "two butterflies" and also comes from the fact that two sum˘ wrestlers who play important roles in the full length play have names beginning with "ch˘": Ch˘kichi and Ch˘gor˘.
  • Sum˘ba: in order to help his master buy out the contract of the beautiful Azuma (Nakamura Kazutar˘), the senior wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ throws a match, letting the younger wrestler Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi win, hoping to get his help. But Ch˘kichi loses his temper and the two end up competing in a test of pride. Starring popular actor Nakamura Shid˘ as Ch˘gor˘ and Nakamura Ganjir˘ as Ch˘kichi.
  • Nanba Ura: We see the tragic intrigues that force Ch˘gor˘ to kill a man and flee.
  • Hikimado: finally, in the "Hikimado" scene, Ch˘gor˘ takes refuge with his mother who lives with her stepson Jűjibŕ (Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon). Unfortunately, Jűjibŕ has succeeded to his late father's duties and is ordered to capture Ch˘gor˘. Jűjibŕ is caught between his duties and his loyalty to his stepmother while his mother is caught between her loves for her two sons. These conflicts are symbolized by the humble wooden skylight which opens and closes, showing both sides of the dilemma. Featuring also Kataoka Takatar˘ and Nakamura Kazutar˘.
  • Ageya: At the Daikokuya, an ageya in Shin-Yoshiwara, the keisei Miyagino (Nakamura Jakuemon) meets a new girl named Shinobu (Kataoka Takatar˘), who hails from the countryside. Realizing that Shinobu's unusual dialect is one from her hometown, Miyagino asks to hear the girl's backstory. She soon realizes the girl is her sister, from whom she has been separated. * Miyagino also learns that their mother has since passed away, and their father killed by the local governor. Their conversation is overheard by the master of the pleasure house, Daikokuya S˘roku (Nakamura Baigyoku). The sisters hatch a plan to run away and avenge their father's murder, but are interrupted by the appearance of S˘roku. Miyagino attempts to kill him but is easily stopped. S˘roku then advises them that in order to carry out a successful revenge, they should bid their time. Then, he returns to them their release papers, freeing them from their contract.
  • Migawari Zazen: a dance play adopted from a classical ky˘gen farce. A man (Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon) wants nothing more than to visit his lover Hanako, but he has one important problem, his homely and overbearing wife (Nakamura Ganjir˘). He creates a scheme saying that he will be practicing Zen meditation all night and has his servant (Nakamura Kinnosuke) 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.
  • Mabuta no Haha:
    (The Remembered Mother)
    first performed in 1931, "Mabuta no Haha" is a play by Hasegawa Shin (1884~1963), who specialized in gritty realistic representations of the lower classes in the Edo period. Banba no Chűtar˘ (Nakamura Shid˘) is a rough gangster, but has always regretted not knowing his mother (Living National Treasure Kataoka Hidetar˘). After helping a friend and his mother, he decides to search for his own. He believes to have found her in Ohama, the mistress of a restaurant, but she refuses to acknowledge him to protect the reputation of her daughter, who is about to be married. Unable to meet his mother, he closes his eyes and tries to imagine her as the beautiful woman he remembers, not the horror of reality.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 6 October ~ 25 November 2019
    SűpÔ Kabuki Sekando
    Super Kabuki II
    Program

    Shinpan Oguri

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Hayato, Band˘ Shingo, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Omez˘, Ichikawa En'ya, Ichikawa Juen, Ichikawa K˘tar˘, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Ichimura Takematsu, Nakamura Tamatar˘, Ichikawa Otora, Ichikawa Ukon, Asano Kazuyuki, Kashima Noritoshi, Ishibashi Sh˘ji, Shimomura Ao, Ishiguro Hideo, Takahashi Y˘

    Comments

    The SűpÔ Kabuki Sekando drama "Shinpan Oguri" is a revised version of 1991 SűpÔ Kabuki drama "Oguri".

  • Shinpan Oguri:
    (Oguri, a New Version)
    Oguri Hangan (alternatively Ichikawa Ennosuke or Nakamura Hayato) is the heaven-sent child of Vaisravana, a good-looking youth and a master of the martial arts and horsemanship. He comes across Princess Terute who lives in Sagami Province. They fall in love and pledge their troth. However, this is against the law and he is killed by her father. Oguri comes before Enma Dai˘, the King of Hell, who sends him back to the world with his face disfigured and his limbs wasted away as a punishment for his self-indulgence and refusal to take notice of others. Totally disfigured, he cannot walk, and makes his way to Kumano Shrine to be cured, sitting in a cart drawn by volunteers. On the way, fatefully, he meets Princess Terute again but she does not notice him. Will he be able to return to his original appearance? What will become of his love for her?
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Kinshű Special Tour
    Dates 8 ~ 23 October 2019
    Program

    Geidan

    Iro Momiji Tsugiki no Futsutsuka (Benikan)

    Mitsumen Komori

    Matsu no Hagoromo

    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 talk on stage.

    Yachiyoza (Kumamoto)
    Dates 30 October ~ 4 November 2019
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Eiz˘ x Buy˘ K˘en
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Image and Dance Performances
    Program

    Omemie K˘j˘

    Sagi Musume

    Y˘kihi

    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.

    T˘ky˘ (New National Theatre)
    Dates 22 ~ 27 October 2019
    Program

    Nezumi Koz˘ Jirokichi

    Casting

    Fujikawa Yanosuke, Kitazawa Kanami, Tadamura Shin'ya, Matsunami Kihachir˘, Hayase Einoj˘, Nakajima K˘tar˘, Yamamoto Harumi, Tamaura Yűnosuke, Yamazaki Tatsusabur˘, Matsuura Kainosuke

    Comments

    Revival in T˘ky˘ at the New National Theatre of Mayama Seika's drama "Nezumi Koz˘ Jirokichi" based on the story of the thief Nakamura Jirokichi, commonly called Nezumi Koz˘.

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 28 October 2019
    Nakamura Ky˘z˘ Buy˘ no Yűbe
    Evening for Dance by Nakamura Ky˘z˘
    Program

    Genzai D˘j˘ji

    Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji

    Casting

    Nakamura Ky˘z˘, Onoe Ukon, Ichikawa Shinjűr˘

    Comments

    6th edition of the Buy˘ gala Nakamura Ky˘z˘ Buy˘ no Yűbe, dedicated this time to the legend of D˘j˘ji.

    Nagame Yoky˘j˘ (Midori)
    Dates 14 October 2019
    Yű no Kai
    Program

    Hashire Merosu (story narrated on stage)

    Torisashi (suodori)

    Gekizaru (suodori)

    Casting

    ďtani Keiz˘, ďtani Ryűsei

    Comments

    1st edition of the Yű no Kai, a gala which stars ďtani Keiz˘ and his son ďtani Ryűsei, at the Nagame Yoky˘j˘ (Nagame Entertainment Theater), a traditional wooden-built theater (1937) in the city of Midori in Gunma Prefecture.

    Asakusa K˘kaid˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 30 October 2019
    Seid˘kai
    Program

    Sumidagawa

    Sanja Matsuri

    Casting

    Onoe Ukon, Nakamura Tanenosuke

    Comments

    The 10th edition of the Seid˘kai, a gala for the Kiyomoto school of traditional music, at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘. The first item in the program is music only, performed by the music master Kiyomoto Enjudayű VII (father of Onoe Ukon) and his son Kiyomoto Saiju (brother of Onoe Ukon). The second item will be performed by both a Kiyomoto ensemble (led by Kiyomoto Shizuodayű and Kiyomoto Saiju) and by the actors Onoe Ukon and Nakamura Tanenosuke.

     
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