Cancellation of some Kabuki performances in September 2020 due to coronavirus (COVID-19)!!!
SEPTEMBER 2020

2 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza) and 1 tour (Central Provinces)!

  • ??? perform at the Kabukiza !
  • Young actors are on tour in the Central Provinces !
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates ??? ~ ??? September 2020
    Shűzan Matsuri Kugatsu ďkabuki
    Shűzan's Festival September Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    ???

    Evening

    ???

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, ???

    Comments

    The 13th 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.

    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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