SEPTEMBER 2020
Postponement or cancellation of several Kabuki performances in September 2020 due to coronavirus (COVID-19)!!!

2 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza), 2 in ďsaka (Cool Japan Park ďsaka TT Hall, ďtsuki N˘ Theatre) and 1 tour (Central Provinces)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates 1 ~ 26 September 2020
Kugatsu ďkabuki
September Grand Kabuki
1st program

Kotobuki Soga no Taimen

2nd program

Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame (Kasane)

3rd program

Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki (Hikimado)

4th program

K˘j˘

Sagi Musume

Casting

Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Jakuemon, Onoe Kikunosuke, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Band˘ Kamez˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Nakamura Yonekichi, Nakamura Hayato, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Kangyoku, Nakamura Takanosuke, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Arashi Kitsusabur˘

Comments

Not the usual special program called "Shűzan Matsuri" (the festival of Shűzan), which used to be staged at the Kabukiza to commemorate the great actor Nakamura Kichiemon I. In 2020, only "Hikimado" will be staged in the spirit of the Shűzan's Festival.

  • Soga no Taimen: this is one of the oldest and most classical of all Kabuki plays. In the Edo period, every January, plays appeared about the vendetta carried out by the Soga brothers Jűr˘ and Gor˘ after eighteen years of hardship. In "Soga no Taimen" the brothers confront Kud˘ Suketsune, the man responsible for their father's death. More ceremony than play, it features each of the important Kabuki character types, including the bombastic aragoto style of Gor˘ and the soft wagoto style of Jűr˘. This month features a cast headed by Nakamura Baigyoku as Kud˘ and some of the most popular young stars in Kabuki with Onoe Sh˘roku as Gor˘ and Nakamura Kinnosuke as Jűr˘. Featuring Nakamura Matagor˘, Nakamura Yonekichi, Nakamura Kaishun and Nakamura Karoku as Kobayashi no Asahina, the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover), the courtesan ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) and Oni˘ Shinzaemon (Jűr˘'s retainer).
  • Kasane: one can never escape past evils. Yoemon is fleeing to the countryside, but Kasane, the woman he abandoned, refuses to let him go. She catches up with him at a lonely river bank. A skull stabbed with a scythe appears and Kasane is possessed by its spirit, actually the spirit of her dead father, and her face suddenly becomes disfigured. She pours out her feelings of jealousy and resentment and Yoemon kills Kasane, but even after her death, he cannot escape her vengeful spirit. Starring Ichikawa Ennosuke as Kasane and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ as Yoemon.
  • Hikimado: originally written for the puppet theater, this play shows a tragedy of commoners caught between their duty and their feelings toward their loved ones. A sum˘ wrestler named Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ (Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon) has killed a man and takes refuge at the home of his mother. Unfortunately, her son (Onoe Kikunosuke) has been ordered to arrest him. All of these complicated conflicts are symbolized by the lightness and darkness created by the humble skylight (hikimado in Japanese) as a rope is pulled to move a wooden shutter. Featuring also Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘ and Nakamura Jakuemon in the roles of Ch˘gor˘'s mother and Ohaya.
  • K˘j˘: Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ greets the audience and explains about his special performance in "Sagi Musume" that merges projected images and dance.
  • Sagi Musume: Special performance combining projected imagery and dance. One of the most famous dances in Kabuki, this figure is familiar through pictures and Japanese dolls. A beautiful young woman all in white appears in the snowy landscape. She dances lightly of love, but then reveals that she is the spirit of a bird, a magnificent heron that struggles wounded through a snowstorm. Starring onnagata superstar Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in a dance that he has made famous through performances around the world.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Cool Japan Park ďsaka TT Hall (ďsaka)
    Dates 11 ~ 13 September 2020
    Kabuki Tokubetsu K˘en
    Kabuki Special Performances
    Program A

    Chatsubo

    Ky˘ Ningy˘

    Program B

    Sarashi Sanbas˘

    Migawari Zazen

    Program C

    Modori Kago Iro ni Aikata

    Renjishi

    Casting

    Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Ichikawa Udanji, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Onoe Ukon, Ichikawa Kudanji, Ichikawa Ukon

    Comments

    A special Kabuki program in ďsaka at the Cool Japan Park ďsaka TT Hall, which is part of the 2020 edition of the ďsaka Culture and Arts Festival (ďsaka Bunka Geijutsu Fesu). 3 programs staged following the schedule below:

    Day 11:00 14:30 18:00
    11 Sep PRGM A PRGM B PRGM C
    12 Sep PRGM B PRGM C PRGM A
    13 Sep PRGM C PRGM A PRGM B
    ďtsuki N˘ Theatre (ďsaka)
    Dates 20 September 2020
    Miyoshiya Ichimonkai
    The Gala of the Miyoshiya Guild
    Program

    Goaisatsu

    Matsu no Sanbas˘

    Kagami Jishi
    Only the part focusing on Yayoi's dance

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura
    (Michiyuki Hatsune no Tabi)

    Casting

    Kamimura Kichiya, Kamimura Kichitar˘, Kamimura Orinosuke

    Comments

    The 1st edition of the gala of the Miyoshiya Guild, led by Kamimura Kichiya. The first item in the program, "Goaisatsu" (literally "Greetings"), is a stage speech. The ďtsuki N˘ Theatre is located near ďsaka Castle. It was established in 1935 and it is one of the few theaters in Kansai which has survived WWII.

    Kabuki Tour in the central provinces
    Dates 31 August ~ 25 September 2020 [CANCELLED]
    Program

    Ayatsuri Sanbas˘

    Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi (Keya-mura)

    Ninin Wankyű

    Casting

    Onoe Matsuya, Nakamura Baishi, Kamimura Kichiya, Nakamura Mantar˘, ďtani Keiz˘

    Comments

    The September Grand Kabuki Tour in the central provinces.

  • Ayatsuri Sanbas˘:
    (The Puppet Sanbas˘)
    The Sanbas˘ is part of the ritual play "Okina", a prayer for prosperity and in Kabuki the vigorous Sanbas˘ dance is often performed separately. To make the dance especially auspicious, the old man Okina and attendant Senzai appear as well. In Kabuki, the Sanbas˘ dance appears in all kinds of versions. In this particular version, the Sanbas˘ is actually a giant marionette (Nakamura Mantar˘), dancing lightly until his antics tangle his strings, creating problems for his puppeteer.
  • Keya-mura: Rokusuke (Onoe Matsuya), 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 (Nakamura Baishi) 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 (ďtani Keiz˘), the killer of her father, Rokusuke's master, and Rokusuke promises to help in her vendetta.
  • Ninin Wankyű: the fabulously wealthy Wan'ya Kyűbŕ (nicknamed Wankyű) is disowned by his family for falling in love with the courtesan Matsuyama. Then, when she dies, he goes mad with grief and wanders through the countryside. This dance shows him as he imagines meeting Matsuyama again and there is a lively dance recalling their happiness together before the vision fades and he is left alone. Starring Onoe Matsuya as Wankyű and Nakamura Baishi as Matsuyama.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

     
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