SEPTEMBER 2022

4 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, Shinbashi Enbuj˘), 2 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza, ďtsuki N˘ Theatre) and 3 in Ky˘to (Minamiza, Shunjűza)!

  • Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Nakamura Kaishun, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Kotar˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, ďtani Tomoemon, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Nakamura Baishi and Nakamura Yonekichi perform at the Kabukiza !
  • Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Ichikawa Ennosuke and Nakamura Kazutar˘ perform at the Sh˘chikuza !
  • Nakamura Shid˘ and Hatsune Miku perform perform at the Minamiza and at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 4 ~ 27 September 2022
    Shűzan Matsuri Kugatsu ďkabuki
    Shűzan's Festival September Grand Kabuki
    1st program

    Hakuroj˘ Monogatari

    Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Terakoya)

    2nd program

    Matsuura no Taiko

    Agehach˘ Tsuzure no Omokage

    3rd program

    Kanadehon Chűshingura
    (Gion Ichiriki Jaya)

    Fujito

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Nakamura Kaishun, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Kotar˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, ďtani Tomoemon, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Yonekichi, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Matsumoto Kingo, Band˘ Kamez˘, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Mantar˘, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Kataoka Sennosuke, ďtani Hirotar˘, Nakamura Kangyoku, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Takanosuke, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Onoe Ushinosuke, Nakamura Tanetar˘, Nakamura Hidenosuke

    Comments

    The 1st edition at the Kabukiza of the new "Shűzan Matsuri" (the festival of Shűzan), which is staged to commemorate both Nakamura Kichiemon I and Nakamura Kichiemon II. Shűzan was the haimy˘ used by these two stars.

    Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates 8 ~ 11 September 2022
    Kabuki Tokubetsu K˘en
    Kabuki Special Performances
    1st program

    Keisei Hangonk˘ (Domo Mata)

    Meoto D˘j˘ji

    2nd program

    Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi (Tonbŕ Sumika)

    Bakuchi Jű˘

    3rd program

    Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami

  • Sumiyoshi Torii Mae
  • Tsuribune Sabu Uchi
  • Nagamachi Ura
  • Casting

    Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Nakamura Kikaku, Ichikawa Seiko, Nakamura Jűjir˘, Kataoka T˘jűr˘, Kataoka Senju, Kataoka Rikiya, Kataoka T˘kichir˘, Nakamura Kansei, Nakamura Gansei, Nakamura Gannosuke, Band˘ Takenosuke, Ichikawa Danshi

    Comments

    A special program at the Sh˘chikuza starring Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Ichikawa Ennosuke and Nakamura Kazutar˘.

  • Domo Mata: the artist Matahei has been refused a professional name because of his stuttering. He makes a poor life by drawing folk paintings and decides to make one last effort to gain respectability. His wife Otoku, who is given as much to chatter as Matahei is silent, pleads his case. Turned down again by his master, Matahei decides to take his life. He draws a farewell portrait of himself, a painting so skillful that the lines seep through solid rock and this miracle convinces his master to confer a professional name. Starring Nakamura Ganjir˘ as Matahei and Ichikawa Ennosuke as his wife Otoku. Featuring Kataoka Ainosuke Utanosuke.
  • Meoto D˘j˘ji: "Musume D˘j˘ji" is based on a legend about a woman transformed into a serpent out of jealousy and who destroys a temple bell keeping her from the object of her love. The original dance shows the spirit of the woman who appears at D˘j˘ji temple as a dancer who wants to celebrate the dedication of a new bell and does a series of dances showing the many faces of femininity. In this version there are two dancers and one is revealed to be a man in disguise and, in the highlight of the dance, transforms the romantic highpoint of the original piece into a comic scene by using masks. Starring Nakamura Kazutar˘ as the female dancer and Kataoka Ainosuke as the male dancer.
  • Tonbŕ Sumika: this play was written by Hiraga Gennai, an Edo inventor, explorer and writer of comic fiction. Young Ofune is the obedient daughter of her evil father Tonbŕ, the keeper of a river crossing. She meets and falls in love with a young fugitive. Unfortunately, her father wants to capture the fugitive for a reward and Ofune can only save his life by sacrificing her own. Starring Nakamura Kazutar˘ and his father Nakamura Ganjir˘ in the roles of Ofune and his father Tonbŕ.
  • Bakuchi Jű˘:
    (The Gambling King of Hell)
    A dance adaptation by Ichikawa Ennosuke III of a farce with the same title. The hell is visited with a famine, as most people live up to Buddhism and go to paradise. Enma Dai˘ (Ichikawa Seiko) becomes impatient and goes out to the fork to the hell where he awaits sinners with his servants. A famous gambler (Ichikawa Ennosuke) comes long way there and demands sake as he is thirsty from long journey. Drinking, he tells the story of his life: He quarreled to death with another gambler. Seeing his evil deeds reflected in a mirror, Enma Dai˘ criticizes him for robbing people of money and valuables. But he insists that gamble is a game of chance. Hearing this, Enma Dai˘ gets interested and plays dice with him. Enma Dai˘ continues to lose and loses his crown, scepter, mirror and everything he bets. The gambler gets finally the passport to the paradise and leaves triumphantly for the Pure Land.
  • Natsu Matsuri: this grisly murder story became a smashing hit when it was first performed in 1745 because of the chivalrous spirit of the many ďsaka characters appearing in this story, the contrast between a brutal murder and the jovial mood of a summer festival, and the splashing of real water used on the stage. Danshichi, a gallant fishmonger, does everything he can to protect the weak young son of his patron with the help of his companion Tokubŕ and the older Sabu. Although even Tokubŕ's wife Otatsu heroically helps out, in the end, Danshichi is betrayed by his evil father-in-law Giheiji and, in the most famous scene of the play, must kill him in a mud-covered fight in a lonely alley with the shouts of the local festival nearby. This program stars Kataoka Ainosuke as Danshichi/Otatsu, with Ichikawa Seiko, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘ and Nakamura Kikaku as Tokubŕ, Sabu, Okaji and Mikawaya Giheiji.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 21 August ~ 3 September 2022
    Ch˘kabuki
    Ultra-Kabuki
    Program

    Ch˘kabuki no Mikata

    Tsukisenu Haru Kabuki Odori

    Towa no Hana Homare no Isaoshi [In Japanese]

    Limited program

    Towa no Hana Homare no Isaoshi [In Japanese]

    Casting

    Nakamura Shid˘, Hatsune Miku, Sawamura Kuniya, Nakamura Ch˘shi, Ogawa Haruki

    Comments

    The world of Kabuki and the world of otaku collide for the 13th time in Kabuki history! Resulting from this spectacular collision, a new genre, the Ch˘kabuki (literally Ultra-Kabuki), was born in 2016 [more details]. Nakamura Shid˘ shares the stage with the virtual 3D creature Hatsune Miku. For the first time in in Nagoya at the Misonoza. The first item in the program is a stage talk about Ch˘kabuki. The second item is a dance-drama written by Matsuoka Ry˘ and staged under the guidance of the Fujima Kanjűr˘ VIII. The last item is the 2022 newly-created drama Ch˘kabuki also written by Matsuoka Ry˘. The main program is staged either once (morning or afternoon) or twice (morning/afternoon). The limited program is not staged in September.

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 8 ~ 25 September 2022
    Kugatsu Minamiza Ch˘kabuki
    September Minamiza Ultra-Kabuki
    Program

    Ch˘kabuki no Mikata

    Tsukisenu Haru Kabuki Odori

    Towa no Hana Homare no Isaoshi [In Japanese]

    Limited program

    Towa no Hana Homare no Isaoshi [In Japanese]

    Casting

    Nakamura Shid˘, Hatsune Miku, Sawamura Kuniya, Nakamura Ch˘shi, Ogawa Haruki

    Comments

    A special Ch˘kabuki program in Ky˘to at the Minamiza. The world of Kabuki and the world of otaku collide for the 14th time in Kabuki history (for the first time in a major Kabuki theater) and for the 3rd times in Ky˘to at the Minamiza! Resulting from this spectacular collision, a new genre, the Ch˘kabuki (literally Ultra-Kabuki), which combines Kabuki with advanced ICT technology, was born in 2016 [more details]. The first item in the program is a stage talk about Ch˘kabuki. The second item is a dance-drama written by Matsuoka Ry˘ and staged under the guidance of the Fujima Kanjűr˘ VIII. The last item is the 2022 newly-created drama Ch˘kabuki also written by Matsuoka Ry˘. Nakamura Shid˘ shares the stage with the virtual 3D creature Hatsune Miku. The main program will is staged either once (morning) or twice (morning/afternoon). The limited edition is staged the 9th, 18th and 24th of September in the afternoon.

    Shunjűza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 2 ~ 4 September 2022
    Shunjűza Tokubetsu Buy˘ K˘en
    Shunjűza Special Dance Performances
    Program

    Koma

    K˘j˘

    Modori Kago Iro ni Aikata

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Ichikawa Seiko, Ichikawa Danko

    Comments

    A special Buy˘ program starring Ichikawa Ennosuke. This program celebrates the shűmei in Ky˘to of Ichikawa Seiko II. The Shunjűza is a thetater located within the Ky˘to University of the Arts.

  • Koma: there are many dances that show street performers and others peddlers that you might have seen on the streets of old Edo. This short, energetic dance accompanied by the Tokiwazu style of music features a top vendor (Ichikawa Danko), who sells her tops by performing various tricks.
  • 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 actors of the cast assemble to celebrate the shűmei in Ky˘to of Ichikawa Seiko II.
  • Modori Kago: two palanquin bearers, one from ďsaka, the other from Edo (pre-modern T˘ky˘), decide to stop and rest. As they do so, each boasts of the respective merits of his native town. Finally, the little apprentice courtesan (kamuro) they have been carrying, alights from the palanquin and joins them in their dance. Featuring Ichikawa Seiko as the palanquin bearer from ďsaka (in reality Ishikawa Goemon), Ichikawa Ennosuke as the palanquin bearer from Edo (in reality Goemon's arch-enemy Mashiba Hisayoshi) and Nakamura Kazutar˘ as the kamuro.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Dates 4 September 2022
    Hito Tsunagi no Kai
    People-Connecting Gala
    Program

    Matsu no Meisho

    Tomo Yakko

    Nasu no Yoichi Yumiya no Homare

    Shizuka to Tomomori

    Shichi Fukujin

    Miyako Fűryű

    Yamanba

    Fuji Musume
    Performed by Ichikawa Seiko

    Yoshiwara Suzume

    Koma
    Performed by Ichikawa Ennosuke

    Renjishi

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ennosuke, Ichikawa Seiko

    Comments

    3rd edition of the Hito Tsunagi no Kai ('People-Connecting Gala'), starring Ichikawa Ennosuke's disciples.

    ďtsuki N˘ Theatre (ďsaka)
    Dates 25 September 2022
    Miyoshiya Ichimonkai
    The Gala of the Miyoshiya Guild
    Program

    Goaisatsu

    Shiokumi

    Shizuka to Tomomori

    Tamate Gozen
    Based on the drama "Gapp˘"

    Casting

    Kamimura Kichiya, Kamimura Kichitar˘, Kamimura Orinosuke

    Comments

    The 3rd 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.

     
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