OCTOBER 2020
Postponement or cancellation of a few Kabuki performances in October 2020 due to coronavirus (COVID-19)!!!

6 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre), 1 in Nagoya (Misonoza), 1 in Yamaga (Yachiyoza), 1 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza) and 1 tour (Classics Tour)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates 2 ~ 27 October 2020
Jűgatsu ďkabuki
October Grand Kabuki
1st program

Ky˘ Ningy˘

2nd program

Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki (Sum˘ba)

3rd program

Kajiwara Heiz˘ Homare no Ishikiri
(Ishikiri Kajiwara)

4th program

K˘j˘

Y˘kihi

Casting

Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Kankur˘, Kataoka Takatar˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Karoku, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Matsumoto Kingo, Ichikawa Omez˘, Nakamura Matsue, Nakamura Hayato, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Nakamura Utanosuke, Ichikawa Otora, Nakamura Tamatar˘, Kataoka Matsunosuke

Comments

Not the usual October Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza but a 4-program Grand Kabuki in these times of COVID-19.

  • Ky˘ Ningy˘: this dance tells the story of the woodcarver Hidari Jingor˘, famous for the sleeping cat on the great gate of Nikk˘. He brings a statue of a beautiful courtesan to life and then there is a spectacular fight scene with a variety of carpenterĺs tools. Starring Nakamura Shikan as Jingor˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke as the doll of the courtesan.
  • Sum˘ba: "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˘. In order to help his master Yamazakiya Yogor˘ (Nakamura Kankur˘) buy out the contract of the beautiful Azuma (Ichikawa Komaz˘), 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 Matsumoto Haku˘ as Ch˘gor˘ and Nakamura Kankur˘ as Ch˘kichi.
  • Ishikiri Kajiwara: the Heike general Kajiwara (Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon) is asked to test the sharpness of a sword by slicing two live human beings in half. He deliberately makes the sword fail the test to keep the sword, a priceless heirloom belonging to the enemy Genji clan, from falling into the hands of his Taira clan. A miracle has convinced Kajiwara to change sides. Kajiwara finally demonstrates the true power of the sword by cutting a large stone basin in two. Featuring also Kataoka Takatar˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘ and Nakamura Karoku.
  • Y˘kihi: Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ will greet the audience and explain his intentions in planning this special performance that merges the projected image and dance. "Y˘kihi" is about one of the most famous incidents in Chinese history. Yang Guifei (Y˘kihi in Japanese) was a beautiful woman from a humble family who became the consort of the Tang emperor. His love for her was such that the entire empire nearly crumbled. The dance is set after her death and shows a magician sent by the grieving Tang Emperor to find her spirit in the land of immortals. The main theme of the dance is eternal love, here expressed beautifully on stage by Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Misonoza (Nagoya)
    Dates 3 ~ 18 October 2020
    Kinshű Misonoza Kabuki
    Autumn Brocade Misonoza Kabuki
    Program

    Kane-ga-Misaki

    Kabuki no Mikata

    Renjishi

    Casting

    Onoe Kikunosuke, Onoe Ukon, Nakamura Mantar˘, Onoe Kikuji

    Comments

    Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this is not the classic October kaomise programs in Nagoya. There are two programs, program A and program B, with the same contents but a different casting. Each program is staged either at 12:00 (matinÚe) or at 16:00 (evening):

    10/03 10/04 10/05 10/06
    16:00 PRGM A 12:00 PRGM B
    16:00 PRGM A
    12:00 PRGM B 12:00 PRGM A
    16:00 PRGM B
    10/07 10/08 10/09 10/10
    12:00 PRGM A
    16:00 PRGM B
    12:00 PRGM A 12:00 PRGM B
    16:00 PRGM A
    12:00 PRGM B
    16:00 PRGM A
    10/11 10/12 10/13 10/14
    12:00 PRGM B
    16:00 PRGM A
    12:00 PRGM B 12:00 PRGM A
    16:00 PRGM B
    12:00 PRGM A
    10/15 10/16 10/17 10/18
    12:00 PRGM B 12:00 PRGM A
    16:00 PRGM B
    12:00 PRGM A
    16:00 PRGM B
    12:00 PRGM A

  • Kane no Misaki: Onoe Kikunosuke appears as a beautiful young girl, expressing her love and feelings of jealousy. This is the same story as the colorful "Musume D˘j˘ji" dance, but is performed in a restrained chamber style.
  • Kabuki no Mikata: This is a lively presentation of Kabuki made by Onoe Ukon (program A) or Nakamura Mantar˘ (program B).
  • 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 Onoe Kikunosuke in the role of the parent shishi and Nakamura Mantar˘ (program A) or Onoe Ukon (program B) in the role of the cub.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 4 ~ 27 October 2020
    1st Program

    Hirakana Seisuiki (Genta Kand˘)

    Sachi Negau Shibai Gokko [In Japanese]

    2nd Program

    Shin Sarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa
    (Sakanaya S˘gor˘)

    Tachi Nusubito

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Senjaku, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danz˘, Onoe Sh˘roku, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Nakamura Baishi, Kataoka Kamez˘, Ichimura Manjir˘, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘, Band˘ Kamez˘, ďtani Hirotar˘, Nakamura Kangyoku, Sawamura S˘nosuke, Nakamura Kamenoj˘, Ichimura Kitsutar˘, Onoe Ushinosuke

    Comments

    The first Grand Kabuki performances at the National Theatre since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Genta Kand˘:
    (Genta Disowned)
    This jidaimono period play shows the gentle warrior Kajiwara Genta. At the battle of the Uji River, he competes with a fellow warrior Sasaki Takatsuna to be first into battle. Out of the shame, his father sends a letter ordering him to commit ritual suicide. But to save her son's life, Genta's mother Enju disowns him instead. Knowing that the lady-in-waiting Chidori is in love with Genta, Enju dismisses her from service, secretly allowing the two lovers to be together. Featuring Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Senjaku, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ and Nakamura Kaishun as Kajiwara Genta Kagesue, Chidori, Genta's brother Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka and Enju.
  • Sachi Negau Shibai Gokko: This is a new dance drama based on the hope that people will be able to regain their normal, everyday lives from the current situation of uncertainty as soon as possible, and that theatrical performances will soon be able to take place as they used to. Through the technique of fukiyose, in which a medley selected great scenes are enacted and famous lines and dances of Kabuki performed one after another. In this stage performance, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, who plays the role of his artistic ancestor Hisamatsu Koshir˘, showcases his love of theatrical entertainment through a playful spirit and you are sure to have fun! Featuring also Sawamura S˘nosuke, ďtani Hirotar˘ and Nakamura Kangyoku in the roles of the old-times actors Mikuni Hikosaku II, Kanazawa Goheiji and Nijuban Kichibŕ.
  • Sakanaya S˘gor˘: S˘gor˘ (Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘), a fish seller, has taken a vow to not drink, but when he learns about his sister's unjust murder at the hands of a daimy˘ lord, a death that they were told was execution for her wrongdoing, he starts to drink again. Drunk, he storms into the lord's mansion to seek an apology. This play by Meiji playwright Kawatake Mokuami is known for its realistic portrayal of members of the common class during the Edo period and highlights their fierce pride and frustration at the privileges of the dominant samurai class. Featuring also Nakamura Tokiz˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ and Nakamura Baishi.
  • 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 (Band˘ Kamez˘) carries a precious sword, which is made of gold. The thief Kurobŕ (Onoe Sh˘roku) 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 (Kataoka Kamez˘), who must try to figure out who tells the truth.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates 15 ~ 18 October 2020
    Program

    Yomigaeru Meibamen GOEMON Sh˘

    Casting

    Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Imai Tsubasa

    Comments

    A special COVID-19 program at the Sh˘chikuza starring Kataoka Ainosuke, which is a shortened version of the program version described below and which has been canceled. The Sh˘ in the newly-created title is an ideogram meaning excerpt, extract or abridgement. Phonetically it is also a pun with the English word "show". Yomigaeru Meibamen means revival of the best scenes. So we can say that they will perform a short best-of of "GOEMON". There is indeed a GOEMON show in ďsaka in October 2020.

    Dates 3 ~ 27 October 2020 [CANCELLED]
    Jűgatsu Hanagata Kabuki
    October Young Actors Kabuki
    Program

    GOEMON-Ishikawa Goemon

    Casting

    Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Jűjir˘, Nakamura Kamenoj˘, Imai Tsubasa

    Comments

    A special program at the Sh˘chikuza starring Kataoka Ainosuke.

    Classics Tour
    Dates 11 September ~ 29 October 2020
    Koten he no Izanai
    Invitation to the Classics
    Program

    Kotobuki Shiki Sanbas˘

    Omemie K˘j˘

    Otokodate Hana no Yoshiwara

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Kudanji, ďtani Hiromatsu

    Comments

    The Fall Tour of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ with performances in 13 cities, including 5 nights in Yamaga at the Yachiyoza.

  • Kotobuki Shiki Sanbas˘: Okina is the oldest ritual in the theater. This Kabuki version shows Okina, an old man who symbolizes eternal youth, his attendant Senzai and the vigorous Sanbas˘, who perform dances solemnly for good fortune. Sanbas˘ dances vigorously, stamping and shaking bells, praying for agricultural fertility and prosperity for all. This dances features Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Kudanji and ďtani Hiromatsu in the roles of the sanbas˘, the okina and the senzai.
  • K˘j˘: a formal stage speech made by Ichikawa Ebiz˘.
  • Otokodate Hana no Yoshiwara: Gosho no Goroz˘ (Ichikawa Ebiz˘), the most gallant and chivalrous of men in the capital of Edo, is off to the bustling Nakanoch˘ corner of the Yoshiwara pleasure district. He has received a love letter from his lover, a famous keisei in Yoshiwara. Goroz˘ tells us the story of how they met and their many rendezvous in a dance. On his way, he is ambushed by men who hold a grudge against him, but Goroz˘ effortlessly fends them off and continues on his way to his beloved.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    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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