SEPTEMBER 2014

3 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, Nihonbashi K˘kaid˘), 1 in Ky˘to (Minamiza) and 1 tour (Western Provinces)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates 1 ~ 25 September 2014 (Shűzan Matsuri Kugatsu ďkabuki)
Shűzan's Festival September Grand Kabuki
MatinÚe

Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki (Kikubatake)

Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage (H˘kaib˘)

Futa Omote Mizu ni Terutsuki

Evening

Ehon Taik˘ki

Renjishi

Soga Moy˘ Tateshi no Goshozome
(Gosho no Goroz˘)

Casting

Nakamura Kichiemon, Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Shibajaku, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Nakamura Kikaku, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Matsumoto Kingo, Nakamura Matsue, Nakamura Kash˘, Band˘ Kametoshi, Arashi Kitsusabur˘, Kataoka Sennosuke, Nakamura Kotar˘, Nakamura Hayato, Nakamura Yonekichi, ďtani Hirotar˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Tamatar˘, Nakamura Kamenoj˘

Comments

This is the 7th edition in T˘ky˘ of a special program called "Shűzan Matsuri" (the festival of Shűzan), which is produced at the Kabukiza to commemorate the great actor Nakamura Kichiemon I, whose's haimy˘ was Shűzan. The star of this program is his adopted son, the Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon II.

  • Kikubatake: it is a great classic of period play Kabuki originally adapted from the Bunraku puppet theatre, full of larger-than-life characters and a stage full of dazzling color. In a garden of brilliant yellow and white chrysanthemums, there is Kiichi (Nakamura Karoku), an elderly strategist working for the dictator Kiyomori, his beautiful daughter Minazuru (Nakamura Yonekichi) and two footmen, the elegant young Toraz˘ (Ichikawa Somegor˘) and the powerful Chienai (Onoe Sh˘roku). But in fact, Toraz˘ is a young general from the enemy side here to steal Kiichiĺs secrets of strategy. Chienai is his retainer. But Kiichi has realized why they are there and also knows that Chienai is actually his younger brother. At the same time, Minazuru has fallen deeply in love with Toraz˘.
  • H˘kaib˘: a full-length performance of a comic play featuring the antics of an evil begging priest named H˘kaib˘. In this case, it is a special version of this Kabuki classic staged by modern theater director Kushida Kazuyoshi. H˘kaib˘ (Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon) is in love with the beautiful, young Okumi (Nakamura Shibajaku) who is herself in love with Y˘suke, a servant at her father's store. Y˘suke (Nakamura Kinnosuke) is actually an aristocrat searching for the lost treasure of his family. He regains possession only to have the scroll stolen by H˘kaib˘. Y˘suke accepts Okumi's love, but is also pursued by Princess Nowake (Nakamura Tanenosuke up to the 13th of September, Nakamura Kotar˘ from the 14th of September), his true fiancee. In a grim but humorous scene at a graveyard, everyone tries to get Okumi and the scroll. But H˘kaib˘ ends up killing Princess Nowake and is killed himself before he can enjoy the fruits of his villainy. The last scene, "Futa Omote Mizu ni Terutsuki", is one of the great classics of dance and is often performed separately. Y˘suke and Okumi try to run off together only to find a strange figure that looks exactly like Okumi. Y˘suke tries to find out which is the real Okumi. In fact, in a virtuoso turn for the star actor who plays this double role, the mysterious figure is made up of the combined spirits of H˘kaib˘ and Princess Nowake, each questing for love even after death. Featuring also Kataoka Nizaemon as Jinzabur˘.
  • Ehon Taik˘ki: Akechi Mitsuhide (known in this play as Takechi Mitsuhide) is known as the "three day ruler of Japan", having only control for a brief time after attacking and killing Oda Nobunaga (known in this play as Harunaga) and before being defeated in turn by Toyotomi Hideyoshi (known in this play as Mashiba Hisayoshi). In the most famous act of this play, after assassinating Harunaga, Mitsuhide comes to see his mother, but she refuses to forgive him for betraying his lord. Mitsuhide sees his son and mother both die before his eyes as he tries to defeat his rival Hisayoshi, but instead is confronted with the drama of his own immediate family. Starring Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon and Nakamura Karoku as Mitsuhide and Hisayoshi. Featuring also Nakamura Kaishun, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Yonekichi, Nakamura T˘z˘ and Nakamura Matagor˘ as Mitsuhide's wife Misao, Mitsuhide's son Jűjir˘, Jűjir˘'s fiancee Hatsugiku, Mitsuhide's mother Satsuki and Sat˘ Masakiyo.
  • 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 Kataoka Nizaemon in the role of the parent shishi and his grandson Kataoka Sennosuke in the role of the cub. Featuring also Nakamura Kinnosuke and Nakamura Matagor˘.
  • Gosho no Goroz˘: a portrait of the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters at the height of its splendor. Rival gangs dressed in the height of fashion exchange stately speeches before fighting in the elaborate poetic cadences of Kawatake Mokuami, the last great playwright of Kabuki. Goroz˘ is the handsome leader of a gang, but his lover, the top courtesan Satsuki pretends to reject him to save his life. Tragedy strikes when Goroz˘ is driven to revenge. Starring Ichikawa Somegor˘ as Goroz˘, Onoe Sh˘roku as his rival in love, Nakamura Shibajaku as Goroz˘'s lover, the courtesan Satsuki and Ichikawa Komaz˘ as ďshű, a courtesan who is tragically killed. Featuring also Kataoka Hidetar˘, Nakamura Kikaku, Nakamura Matsue and Matsumoto Kingo.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 September 2014 (Kugatsu Hanagata Kabuki)
    September Young Actors Kabuki
    Program

    Kotohoide Mimasu Kagekiyo

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Nakamura Kanjaku, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, ďtani Tomoemon, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Ichikawa Unosuke, Ichimura Kakitsu, Band˘ Kamesabur˘, ďtani Hiromatsu

    Comments

    This drama presents the world of Akushichiby˘e Kagekiyo with new perspectives. He was a warrior in 12th century and famous for the episode in "The Tale of Heike" which depicts Heike clan at the height of its prosperity, its defeat to the Genji clan and its downfall. Aku in his name means bravery which he demonstrates in wars against the Genji clan. Many legendary stories have been passed down about him as a rebellious hero: He is said to have planned to overthrow the Genji clan even after the downfall of the Heike clan and have tried to assassinate the Genji general Minamoto no Yoritomo 37 times. His mysterious stormy life is taken up as an attractive material in many genres such as , Bunraku and Kabuki. Kagekiyo appears in 4 of the collection of the Eighteen Favorite Plays of the Ichikawa Family (Kabuki Jűhachiban): "Kan U", "Kagekiyo" "Kamahige" and "Gedatsu". Ichikawa Ebiz˘, who is struggling energetically to revive and success it, will fascinate you with aragoto bombastic style of acting which is unique for it. The roles of Chichibu no Sh˘ji Shigetada (Kagekiyo's enemy), Akoya (Kagekiyo's lover), Mionoya Shir˘, Nitta Shir˘ and Iwanaga Saemon are played by Nakamura Kanjaku, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, ďtani Tomoemon and Kataoka Ichiz˘.

    Kabuki Tour in the western provinces
    Dates 31 August ~ 26 September 2014
    Program

    Ogurusu no Ch˘bŕ

    K˘j˘

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura
    (Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata)

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ennosuke, Ichikawa Chűsha, Nakamura Baigyoku, Ichikawa Ukon, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Ichikawa Tsukinosuke, Ichikawa Shun'en, Ichikawa En'ya, Ichikawa K˘tar˘, Ichikawa Juen

    Comments

    Ichikawa Ennosuke IV and Ichikawa Chűsha IX celebrate their shűmei touring in the western provinces!

  • Ogurusu no Ch˘bŕ: a modern comedy by Okamoto Kid˘ (1872~1939) about a famous historical event. The village of Ogurusu is famous as the place where Akechi Mitsuhide met his death. Mitsuhide assassinated his master, the warlord Nobunaga, but after only three days of ruling Japan, was killed himself, passing control to Hideyoshi. The farmer Ch˘bŕ (Ichikawa Chűsha) is the bad boy of the village and the object of everyone's laughter and contempt, until a samurai comes and hails Ch˘bŕ as a hero for killing Mitsuhide.
  • K˘j˘: the close relationship between the actors and the audience is shown by these stage announcements, lavish ceremonies to commemorate various important events. In this case, all the stars of the cast assemble to celebrate the shűmei of Ichikawa Ennosuke IV and Ichikawa Chűsha IX.
  • Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata: the epic "Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees" ("Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura") features many characters around the famous general Yoshitsune, but none more memorable than a magic fox that takes the guise of Tadanobu, one of Yoshitsune's most trusted retainers. The fox wants to get close to a precious drum that Yoshitsune has made from the skins of his fox parents. In this excerpt from the longer play, the fox reveals his true identity with a series of spectacular stage tricks and Yoshitsune is moved to grant him the drum. Starring Ichikawa Ennosuke as the fox Tadanobu. Featuring also Ichikawa Emiya (Shizuka Gozen) and Nakamura Baigyoku (Yoshitsune).
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Nihonbashi K˘kaid˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 8 ~ 9 September 2014 (Yago no Kai)
    Program

    Tsuru Kame

    Tsubosaka Reigenki

    Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To
    Only the second "scroll" (part) is staged

    Casting

    Band˘ Yajűr˘, Band˘ Shingo

    Comments

    1st edition of a gala program called Yago no Kai for Band˘ Yajűr˘ and his son Band˘ Shingo (Ya comes from Yajűr˘ and Go from Shingo). All Band˘ Yajűr˘'s disciples will be part of the cast.

  • Tsuru Kame: the crane (tsuru) is said to live for a thousand years, the tortoise (kame) is said to live for ten thousand years. Together, they are a traditional symbol of longevity. There is no particular plot to this play, but simply shows a visit by the empress to the Moon Pavilion where two courtiers dance as the spirits of the crane and tortoise. The empress, the spirit of the crane and the spirit of the tortoise are played by Band˘ Yajűr˘'s disciples.
  • Tsubosaka: this play stars Band˘ Yajűr˘ as Sawaichi, a blind masseur who has become utterly depressed by the prospect of never recovering his eyesight. His faithful wife, played by Band˘ Shingo, has been praying to the Kannon goddess daily for several years for his recovery, and Sawaichi agrees to accompany her to the Kannon shrine to pray. Once there he announces he will stay to pray and fast for three days, and so his wife leaves to pick up some supplies for them, but in her absence, Sawaichi throws himself off a cliff. When she returns, the distraught wife decides to join her husband in death. The final scene shows the Kannon goddess, who miraculously saves the couple and cures Sawaichi's blindness.
  • Seki no To:
    (The Snowbound Barrier)
    A snow-covered barrier decorated by a mysteriously blooming cherry tree provides the background for the larger-than-life story of a traitorous aristocrat disguised as a barrier guard and the beautiful woman, actually a supernatural spirit in disguise, that will defeat him. Featuring Band˘ Shingo(the keisei Sumizome, in reality the spirit of Komachi's cherry tree) and Band˘ Yajűr˘ (Sekibŕ, in reality ďtomo no Kuronushi).
  • Source: Earphone Guide website

     
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