SEPTEMBER 2017

3 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, Cerulean Tower N˘ Theater), 1 in Fukuoka (Hakataza), 2 in Ky˘to (ROHM Theatre, ROHM Theatre), 1 in Nagoya (Nagoya N˘ Gakud˘) and 1 tour (Western Provinces)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates 1 ~ 25 September 2017 (Shűzan Matsuri Kugatsu ďkabuki)
Shűzan's Festival September Grand Kabuki
MatinÚe

Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi (Keya-mura)

Kanadehon Chűshingura
(Michiyuki Tabiji no Yomeiri)

Kiwametsuki Banzui Ch˘bŕ

Evening

Hirakana Seisuiki (Sakaro)

Saikai Zakura Misome no Kiyomizu

Casting

Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Kaishun, Onoe Kikunosuke, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Matsumoto Kingo, Nakamura Kikaku, Nakamura Matsue, Sawamura S˘nosuke, Arashi Kitsusabur˘, ďtani Keiz˘, Nakamura Kotar˘, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Yonekichi, Nakamura Hayato, Nakamura Kichinoj˘

Comments

The 10th edition in T˘ky˘ of a special program called "Shűzan Matsuri" (the festival of Shűzan) is staged at the Kabukiza to commemorate the great actor Nakamura Kichiemon I, whose's haimy˘ was Shűzan.

  • Keya-mura: Rokusuke (Ichikawa Somegor˘), a sword master who lives a simple country life, is taking care of a small foundling child. He hangs the boy's kimono outside his house in the hope that the boy's relatives will see it and know where he is. One day he finds himself attacked by a woman named Osono (Onoe Kikunosuke) who turns out to be the aunt of the child. As they talk, they find that they are in fact linked by promises of marriage although they have never met directly. Osono is searching for Ky˘goku no Takumi (Nakamura Matagor˘), the killer of her father, Rokusuke's master, and Rokusuke promises to help in her vendetta.
  • Michiyuki Tabiji no Yomeiri: this is a short dance scene that shows Honz˘ĺs wife Tonase (Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘) and her daughter Konami (Nakamura Kazutar˘) traveling along the T˘kaid˘ highway to Ky˘to on a desperate journey to unite her with Rikiya. The beauty of the journey and innocent happiness of the young bride contrast with the anxious feelings of the mother, aware that this trip will end in tragedy. There is also a humorous encounter with a boisterous samurai footman (Nakamura Hayato).
  • Banzui Ch˘bŕ: in the early Edo period, gallant men like Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ led the commoners. But this incurred the wrath of members of the samurai class, who were theoretically in control. This play begins with a recreation of Kabuki in its earliest days, then a fight breaks out which is settled by Ch˘bŕ (Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon). But this frustrates the ambitions of the samurai Mizuno (Ichikawa Somegor˘) who invites Ch˘bŕ to visit. All of Ch˘bŕ's men tell him not to go because it is a trap, but Ch˘bŕ decides to meet his end and bids farewell to his wife (Nakamura Kaishun) and son. Finally, Ch˘bŕ is killed when he is defenseless in the bath. Featuring also Nakamura Kinnosuke, Nakamura Karoku and Nakamura Matagor˘.
  • Sakaro:
    (The Rise and Fall of the Heike Clan - Reverse Rowing)
    A period play taken from the Bunraku puppet theater which combines a historical tale with the daily life of commoners. Matsuemon (Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon) has married into the family of a country boatman. Having learned the special rowing skills of his father-in-law, he is invited to transport the Genji general Yoshitsune. But Matsuemon is actually the warrior Higuchi Kanemitsu, a leading retainer of a general killed by Yoshitsune and he sees this as a perfect opportunity to take his revenge. Before he can put his plan into action, though, his identity is discovered and he is captured in a spectacular battle on sea and land. Featuring Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Jakuemon and Ichikawa Sadanji in the roles of Oyoshi, Gonshir˘, Ofude and Hatakeyama Shigetada.
  • Saikai Zakura Misome no Kiyomizu: First performed in 1985, this is a new Kabuki production written by Matsu Kanshi (the pen name of Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon). It belongs to a group of works which feature the Priest Seigen (Ichikawa Somegor˘) and Sakura-hime (Nakamura Jakuemon). It is the day on which Minamoto no Yoritomo is to dedicate a sword to Shin-Kiyomizu Temple in Kamakura to ward off evil. Chibanosuke Kiyoharu (Nakamura Kinnosuke) has been given the duty of arranging this. Egara no Heita Tanenaga is in love with Sakura-hime but his feelings are unrequited because she is in love with Kiyoharu. Sakura-hime gives Kiyoharu a love letter and they go to a hermitage. Kiyoharu drops the letter, however, and when Tanenaga picks it up he burns with anger. Reading it, he learns about their secret meeting. As they are about to be taken away from the hermitage, Sakura-hime's lady-in-waiting Yamaji (Nakamura Kaishun) asserts wrongly that the man having an illicit relationship with Sakura-hime is, in fact, Priest Seigen, for the names 'Seigen' and 'Kiyoharu' happen to be written with the same Chinese characters. Though Priest Seigen is astonished at this, since it is the duty of priests to help people, he accepts the disgrace of being a depraved priest and leaves the temple. Sakura-hime jumps down from the high platform of the temple, prepared to die. Seigen rescues her and, while tending to her, he comes to love her. Eventually, he urges her to accept his love, but she refuses him and runs away with Kiyoharu. Seigen wanders about with Sakura-hime's torn sleeve in his arms. Yamaji's husband, Namihei (Ichikawa Somegor˘), a footman, gives shelter to Kiyoharu and Sakura-hime in the house of Yamaji's father S˘bŕ. But pursuers are hot on their heels and they disperse. A wicker basket in which Sakura-hime is being carried, is left by chance in Seigen's care at his hermitage in the east of Kamakura. As Seigen embraces her, the footman Isohei arrives and slays him. But Seigen's embittered spirit haunts her.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Kabuki Tour in the Western Provinces
    Dates 31 August ~ 25 September 2017
    Program

    Sh˘j˘

    K˘j˘

    Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki (Kumagai Jin'ya)

    Casting

    Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Senjaku, Onoe Sh˘roku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Nakamura Baika, Ichimura Kitsutar˘

    Comments

    The usual September Grand Kabuki Tour in the western provinces. Nakamura Shikan VIII and two of his three sons, Nakamura Hashinosuke IV and Nakamura Fukunosuke III, celebrate their shűmei.

  • Sh˘j˘: the sh˘j˘ is a mythical sake-loving spirit that lives in the sea. In this dance, a sake seller has a mysterious customer that appears daily and drinks enormous amounts with great satisfaction. The sake seller has a dream with instructions to go by the beach with a large tub of sake. As it turns out, the customer has actually been the sh˘j˘ in disguise. The dance shows three sh˘j˘ as they drink and dance joyfully. Starring Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Hashinosuke and Nakamura Fukunosuke as the sh˘j˘ and Nakamura Baika as the sake seller.
  • 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 Nakamura Shikan VIII, Nakamura Hashinosuke IV and Nakamura Fukunosuke III.
  • Kumagai Jin'ya: this play is a dramatization of the clash between the Genji general Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane and the Heike warrior Taira no Atsumori at the battle of Ichi-no-Tani, one of the most famous passages of the epic "Tales of the Heike". In the Kabuki version, on the cryptic orders of the Genji leader Yoshitsune, Kumagai hides the enemy warrior Atsumori and has his own son take the warrior's place. On the battlefield, Kumagai has to kill his own son in Atsumori's place. Things become worse when his wife Sagami and Atsumori's mother Fuji-no-Kata arrive at his camp. In the highlight of the play, he tells them the story of his mortal battle with Atsumori, keeping Atsumori's well-being and his own sacrifice a secret. He then shows the head of Atsumori for inspection by his leader to see if he has interpreted his orders correctly. This performance stars Nakamura Shikan as Kumagai, with Nakamura Senjaku as Kumagai's wife Sagami, Ichikawa Komaz˘ as Fuji-no-Kata, Nakamura Baigyoku as Yoshitsune and Band˘ Yajűr˘ as Midaroku. Featuring alternatively Nakamura Hashinosuke or Nakamura Fukunosuke in the role of Tsutsumi Gunji.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Hakataza (Fukuoka)
    Dates 2 ~ 18 September 2017 (Band˘ Tamasabur˘ x Kod˘ Tokubetsu Buy˘ K˘en)
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ x Kod˘ Special Dance Performances
    Program

    Yűgen

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘

    Comments

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs in Nagoya at the Aichi Arts Center along with the Kod˘ taiko drummers in a newly-created dance-drama entitled "Yűgen", which features an array of classical Japanese images from plays by founder Zeami Motokiyo, incorporating themes from iconic works such as "Hagoromo" (The Feather Robe), "D˘j˘ji" (D˘j˘ji Temple) and "Shakky˘" (The Stone Bridge). Band˘ Tamasabur˘ shares the stage with the dance master Hanayagi Jusuke IV and his disciples.

    ROHM Theatre (Ky˘to)
    Dates 21 ~ 23 September 2017 (Band˘ Tamasabur˘ x Kod˘ Tokubetsu Buy˘ K˘en)
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ x Kod˘ Special Dance Performances
    Program

    Yűgen

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘

    Comments

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs in Nagoya at the Aichi Arts Center along with the Kod˘ taiko drummers in a newly-created dance-drama entitled "Yűgen", which features an array of classical Japanese images from plays by founder Zeami Motokiyo, incorporating themes from iconic works such as "Hagoromo" (The Feather Robe), "D˘j˘ji" (D˘j˘ji Temple) and "Shakky˘" (The Stone Bridge). Band˘ Tamasabur˘ shares the stage with the dance master Hanayagi Jusuke IV and his disciples.

    Nagoya N˘ Gakud˘ (Nagoya)
    Dates 27 September 2017 (Dainikai Kudanji no Kai)
    Kudanji's Second Gala
    Program

    Okina Senzai Sanbas˘ (Buy˘/sanbas˘mono)

    Genpei Seisuiki Nasu no Yoichi Homare ďgi no Mato (K˘dan)

    Nasu no Yoichi ďgi no Mato (Buy˘)

    Casting

    Ichikawa Kudanji

    Comments

    2nd edition of the Kudanji no Kai in Nagoya, which stars Ichikawa Ebiz˘'s disciple Ichikawa Kudanji. Kudanji no Kai literally means "Kudanji's Association".

    ROHM Theatre (Ky˘to)
    Dates 28 September 2017 (Dainikai Kudanji no Kai)
    Kudanji's Second Gala
    Program

    Okina Senzai Sanbas˘ (Buy˘/sanbas˘mono)

    Genpei Seisuiki Nasu no Yoichi Homare ďgi no Mato (K˘dan)

    Nasu no Yoichi ďgi no Mato (Buy˘)

    Casting

    Ichikawa Kudanji

    Comments

    2nd edition of the Kudanji no Kai in Ky˘to, which stars Ichikawa Ebiz˘'s disciple Ichikawa Kudanji. Kudanji no Kai literally means "Kudanji's Association".

    Cerulean Tower N˘ Theater (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 29 ~ 30 September 2017 (Dainikai Kudanji no Kai)
    Kudanji's Second Gala
    Program

    Okina Senzai Sanbas˘ (Buy˘/sanbas˘mono)

    Genpei Seisuiki Nasu no Yoichi Homare ďgi no Mato (K˘dan)

    Nasu no Yoichi ďgi no Mato (Buy˘)

    Casting

    Ichikawa Kudanji

    Comments

    2nd edition of the Kudanji no Kai in T˘ky˘, which stars Ichikawa Ebiz˘'s disciple Ichikawa Kudanji. Kudanji no Kai literally means "Kudanji's Association".

     
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