SEPTEMBER 2019

5 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, NHK Hall), 1 show in Ky˘to (Minamiza), 1 in Nagoya (NTK Hall), 1 in ďsaka (National Bunraku Theatre), 1 in Musashino (Musashino Shimin Kaikan) and 1 tour (Western Provinces)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates 1 ~ 25 September 2019
Shűzan Matsuri Kugatsu ďkabuki
Shűzan's Festival September Grand Kabuki
MatinÚe

Kiwametsuki Banzui Ch˘bŕ

Omatsuri

Igagoe D˘chű Sugoroku (Numazu)

Evening

Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Terakoya)

Kanjinch˘

Matsuura no Taiko

Casting

Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Kataoka Takatar˘, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Nakamura Kotar˘, Nakamura Baishi, Band˘ Kamez˘, Matsumoto Kingo, Nakamura Matsue, Sawamura S˘nosuke, Nakamura Yonekichi, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Mantar˘, ďtani Hirotar˘, ďtani Hiromatsu, Nakamura Takanosuke, Kataoka Sennosuke, Onoe Ushinosuke, Kataoka Matsunosuke, Arashi Kitsusabur˘, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Ogawa S˘ma

Comments

The 12th 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. "Numazu" and "Matsuura no Taiko" are staged to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passing away of Nakamura Karoku III (who died the 17th of May 1919). There is also the omemie of Nakamura Kash˘'s son Ogawa S˘ma.

  • 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 (Matsumoto K˘shir˘). But this frustrates the ambitions of the samurai Mizuno (Onoe Sh˘roku) 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 Jakuemon) and son. Finally, Ch˘bŕ is killed when he is defenseless in the bath.
  • Omatsuri: the gallant commoners of Edo's neighborhoods loved nothing better than a festival, and this performance is a dance based on one of the biggest festivals in Edo. In this dance, a gallant fireman (Nakamura Baigyoku) and a geisha (Nakamura Kaishun) appear on stage and show their Edo-style spirit. In the end, a young man comes out and a beautiful fighting scene unfolds on stage.
  • Numazu: a dramatization of one of the most famous historical vendattas of the Edo period. "Numazu" is one act that tells of the sacrifices of those not directly involved in the vendetta itself but members of the same family who are indebted to the two opposing sides. The kimono merchant Jűbŕ (Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon) meets a porter Heisaku (Nakamura Karoku) as he travels west on business. They find that not only are they long-separated father and son, but that they also lie on opposite sides of the vendetta. Their loyalties prevent them from openly acknowledging their relationship. Heisaku sacrifices his life to get information from his son essential to his side's cause. Starring Nakamura Jakuemon in the role of Heisaku's daughter Oyone. Featuring also Nakamura Kash˘, his brother Nakamura Tanenosuke and his son Ogawa S˘ma in the role of a traveler, the traveler's wife and the traveler's son.
  • Terakoya: Genz˘ and his wife Tonami run a small school and are protecting Kan Sh˘j˘'s son and heir, saying that he is their son. However, word has gotten out Kan Sh˘j˘'s son is there and Genz˘ has been ordered to behead him. Moreover, Matsu˘maru is to come to inspect the head. Their only alternative is to kill one of the other students as a substitute, but all of the students are farmer's children who could never pass for the son of a court aristocrat. However, a new boy arrives that day and Genz˘ makes the terrible decision to kill him in the place of his lord. As it turns out, Matsu˘maru has sent his own son to be sacrificed, because of his family's long loyalty to Kan Sh˘j˘. But he must face the most terrible situation for a father, inspecting the head of his own son and lying when he says that it is the genuine head of the son of Kan Sh˘j˘. Finally Matsu˘maru reveals his true feelings to Genz˘ and he and his wife Chiyo mourn their dead son. Starring Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon as Matsu˘maru, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ as Genz˘, Onoe Kikunosuke as Chiyo and Nakamura Kotar˘ as Tonami. Featuring also Nakamura Matagor˘ and Nakamura Fukusuke as Shund˘ Genba and Sonoo-no-Mae.
  • Kanjinch˘: probably the most popular Kabuki play today, it includes dance, comedy and the heart-warming pathos of a band of heroes during their last days. Disguised as a band of traveling priests the fugitive general Yoshitsune and his small band of retainers are stopped at a road barrier. They escape only through the quick thinking of the head retainer, a warrior priest named Musashib˘ Benkei, who improvises the text of an elaborate imperial decree. Having escaped danger Benkei and the others describe their days of glory and hardships on the road to escape in a moving dance. This program stars Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon (odd-numbered days) and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ (even-numbered days) in the role of Benkei. Starring Matsumoto K˘shir˘ (odd-numbered days) and Nakamura Kinnosuke (even-numbered days) as the barrier keeper Togashi. Featuring also Kataoka Takatar˘ in the role of Yoshitsune.
  • Matsuura no Taiko: Lord Matsuura (Nakamura Karoku) lives next door to the enemy of the loyal retainers and is disgusted because they do not seem to be interested in avenging the death of the lord. He is especially upset because he studied with the same fighting teacher as Kuranosuke, the senior retainer who should be leading the vendetta. Moreover, he learns from the haiku teacher Takarai Kikaku (Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘) that his student ďtaka Gengo (Nakamura Matagor˘) who should be part of the vendetta left a poem suggesting that he was forgetting his former lord and going to take service with another samurai lord. Gengo's sister Onui (Nakamura Yonekichi) serves Lord Matsuura and in disgust he is about to dismiss her, when there is a disturbance from next door. The attack has begun, and in joy, Lord Matsuura counts out the strokes of the drum, struck in a pattern that is only known by students of his fighting teacher.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 September 2019
    Kugatsu Hanagata Kabuki
    September Young Actors Kabuki
    Program

    T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan

    Casting

    Nakamura Shichinosuke, Kataoka Ainosuke, Ichikawa Chűsha, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Ichimura Manjir˘, Nakamura Kamenoj˘

    Comments

    T˘shi ky˘gen production of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Yotsuya Kaidan" in Ky˘to at the Minamiza!

  • Yotsuya Kaidan: Iemon, a villainous masterless samurai (Kataoka Ainosuke) is in love with Oiwa (Nakamura Shichinosuke) and even kills her father to be united with her, cynically promising to help her to avenge her father's death. But at the same time, the granddaughter of a wealthy doctor falls in love with him and her grandfather tries to ensure the match by sending a horrible disfiguring poison to Oiwa. In the most famous scene of the play, face destroyed, hair falling out, Oiwa carefully dresses and puts on make-up to pay a proper visit to those who have wronged her. Iemon kills Oiwa and his servant Kobotoke Kohŕ (Nakamura Shichinosuke), has their bodies nailed to a door and thrown into the river. Iemon is happily married into the wealthy family, but no sooner does the beautiful young bride arrive than Oiwa's ghost causes Iemon to kill her. The vengeful ghosts do not rest until all of their enemies are dead and, in another famous scene, Oiwa and Kohei appear floating on the river, calling out to Iemon. The concluding scene shows the ghost of Oiwa appearing mysteriously from inside a paper lantern and pulling her enemies into the wall and disappearing magically. Featuring Nakamura Kazutar˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke and Ichikawa Chűsha in the roles of Oiwa's sister Osode, Sat˘ Yomoshichi and Naosuke Gonbŕ.
  • Source: Earphone Guide website

    Kabuki Tour in the western provinces
    Dates 31 August ~ 25 September 2019
    Program

    Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai (Fűin Giri)

    Kumo no Ito Azusa no Yumihari

    Casting

    Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Onoe Matsuya, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Nakamura Jűjir˘, Nakamura Toranosuke, Kamimura Kichitar˘

    Comments

    The usual September Grand Kabuki Tour in the western provinces.

  • Fűin Giri:
    (Breaking the Seals)
    In the pleasure quarters, the most important possessions were money and reputation. In danger of losing his lover, the courtesan Umegawa, the money courier Kameya Chűbŕ breaks the seals on a package of money entrusted to him after being taunted by a rival, even though the use of such money is punishable by death. Starring Nakamura Ganjir˘ as Chűbŕ, Ichikawa Komaz˘ as Umegawa, Onoe Matsuya as Chűbŕ's treacherous friend Tanbaya Hachiemon and Kamimura Kichiya as Oen, the proprietress of the teahouse.
  • 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 child, second as a blind masseur and third as a courtesan. After revealing its true nature the spider spins trying to trap the warrior in its web. Starring Nakamura Senjaku. Featuring also Onoe Matsuya in the role of Minamoto no Yorimitsu.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 1 ~ 2 September 2019
    Ken no Kai
    Program

    Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami

  • Hamamatsuya
  • Inasegawa Seizoroi
  • Yoi Yakko

    Casting

    Onoe Ukon, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Ichikawa Kudanji, Arashi Kitsusabur˘, Nakamura Umemaru, Band˘ Kamesabur˘

    Comments

    5th edition of the Ken no Kai, which stars Onoe Kikugor˘ VI's great-grandson Onoe Ukon. Ken no Kai literally means "Ken's Association" with Ken being the first ideogram in Onoe Ukon's real first name Kensuke.

    Dates 28 ~ 29 September 2019
    Sh˘ no Kai
    Program

    Shakky˘

    Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji

    Hanabusa Shűjaku no Shishi

    Comments

    6th edition of the Sh˘ no Kai, a gala program which stars Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V's son Nakamura Takanosuke. This year, it celebrates the 300th anniversary of the birth of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I. The dance master Fujima Kanjűr˘ VIII and Nakamura Takanosuke's sister Watanabe Aiko also perform.

    NTK Hall (Nagoya)
    Dates 16 ~ 17 September 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 Nagoya at the NTK Hall of Mayama Seika's drama "Nezumi Koz˘ Jirokichi" based on the story of the thief Nakamura Jirokichi, commonly called Nezumi Koz˘.

    National Bunraku Theatre (ďsaka)
    Dates 20 ~ 27 September 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 ďsaka at the National Bunraku Theatre of Mayama Seika's drama "Nezumi Koz˘ Jirokichi" based on the story of the thief Nakamura Jirokichi, commonly called Nezumi Koz˘.

    Musashino Shimin Kaikan (Musashino)
    Dates 30 September 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 Musashino at the Musashino Shimin Kaikan (Musashino Civic Hall) of Mayama Seika's drama "Nezumi Koz˘ Jirokichi" based on the story of the thief Nakamura Jirokichi, commonly called Nezumi Koz˘.

    NHK Hall (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 28 September 2019 (Koten Gein˘ Kansh˘ Kai)
    Program

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura
    (Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata)

    Casting

    Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Mantar˘, Onoe Kikuichir˘

    Comments

    46th 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.

  • 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 Onoe Kikunosuke as the fox Tadanobu. Also featuring Nakamura Baishi and Nakamura Tokiz˘ as Shizuka Gozen and Minamoto no Yoshitsune.
  • Source: Earphone Guide website

     
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