DECEMBER 2022

2 shows in Ky˘to (Minamiza) and 2 in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre)!

  • Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Ichikawa Shinnosuke, Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Matsumoto Haku˘, Nakamura Shikan, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Jakuemon, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Ichikawa Sadanji, Band˘ Yajűr˘ and Ichikawa Udanji perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Ainosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Nakamura Shid˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Hayato and Kataoka Kamez˘ perform at the Minamiza!
  • Nobody performs at the National Theatre!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 5 ~ 26 December 2022
    Jűnigatsu ďkabuki
    December Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Sayaate

    Ky˘ganoko Musume Ninin D˘j˘ji

    Kenuki

    Evening

    K˘j˘

    Danjűr˘ Musume

    Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura

    Casting

    Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Ichikawa Shinnosuke, Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Matsumoto Haku˘, Nakamura Shikan, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Jakuemon, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Ichikawa Sadanji, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Ichikawa Udanji, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Ichimura Kakitsu, Kamimura Kichiya, Band˘ Minosuke, Nakamura Kotar˘, Nakamura Baishi, Band˘ Kamez˘, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Kash˘, Ichikawa Sai'nyű, ďtani Tomoemon, Ichimura Manjir˘, Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘, Ichikawa En'ya, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Matsumoto Kingo, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Juen, Ichikawa Seiko, Ichikawa Chűsha, Ichikawa Omez˘, Nakamura Mantar˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke, ďtani Hirotar˘, ďtani Hiromatsu, Nakamura Tsurumatsu, Nakamura Utanosuke, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Ichikawa Kudanji, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Ichikawa Danko, Ichikawa Otora, Nakamura Tamatar˘, Ichikawa Ukon, Nakamura Kamenoj˘, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Ichikawa Botan

    Comments

    Second month in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza for the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII and the hatsubutai of Ichikawa Shinnosuke VIII.

  • Sayaate: This famous act is set in the main avenue of the Yoshiwara Pleasure Quarters where cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Two men appear: Fuwa Banzaemon (Onoe Sh˘roku) in a haori coat patterned with a design of lightning bolts, and Nagoya Sanza (Matsumoto K˘shir˘), dressed in a short-sleeved kimono and a haori coat with a pattern of swallows in the rain. After their scabbards brush against each other as they pass, they begin arguing and draw their swords, but a person (Ichikawa Chűsha/Ichikawa Ennosuke) mediates between them.
  • Ninin D˘j˘ji: a beautiful young woman dances under cherry blossoms at a dedication ceremony for a temple bell. She dances the many aspects of a woman in love, but is actually the spirit of a serpent, driven to destroy the bell out of jealousy. In addition to being the most famous of all Kabuki dances, "Musume D˘j˘ji" is considered to be the pinnacle of the art of the onnagata female role specialist. Starring Onoe Kikunosuke and Nakamura Kankur˘ in a special double version with two shiraby˘shi instead of one. It features a rare performance of the oshimodoshi grand finale where The spirit of a serpent is pushed back by a powerful hero played in the bombastic aragoto style. Ichikawa Danjűr˘ appears as the hero ďdate Samagor˘ Teruhide and aragoto is the specialty of his acting family.
  • 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 Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII and the hatsubutai of Ichikawa Shinnosuke VIII.
  • Danjűr˘ Musume: Okane was a famous strong woman living on the shores of Lake Biwa and is known for stopping a runaway horse with her bare hands. This has become a Kabuki dance that combines strength and charming femininity. This production stars Ichikawa Danjűr˘'s daughter Ichikawa Botan as Okane.
  • Sukeroku: the dandy Sukeroku is the most famous patron of the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters. But his reputation as the lover of Agemaki, the highest ranking courtesan in the quarter is matched by that of his tendency to pick fights. In fact, Sukeroku is the samurai Soga no Gor˘ in disguise, and he uses the fights to find a lost heirloom sword. His search takes place in the colorful atmosphere of the Yoshiwara where processions of beautiful courtesans compete with the splendor of cherry blossoms in full bloom. All the top stars in Kabuki appear in a procession of beautiful, exciting and amusing roles. Starring Ichikawa Danjűr˘ and Band˘ Tamasabur˘/Nakamura Shichinosuke as Hanakawado Sukeroku and Miuraya Agemaki. Featuring also Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Kankur˘, Band˘ Minosuke, Onoe Kikunosuke/Nakamura Baishi, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Ichikawa Sadanji and Ichikawa En'ya in the roles of Ikyű, the shirozake seller Shinbŕ, Fukuyama Katsugi, the courtesan Miuraya Shiratama, the passer-by, Kanpera Monbŕ and Asagao Senpei. Featuring also Band˘ Tamasabur˘/Kamimura Kichiya as Mank˘.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 4 ~ 25 December 2022
    Kichirei Kaomise K˘gy˘
    Annual Festive Face-Showing Performances
    1st program

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Sushiya)

    Ryűko

    2nd program

    Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai (Fűin Giri)

    Matsuura no Taiko

    3rd program

    Toshima

    Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Ainosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Nakamura Shid˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Hayato, Kataoka Kamez˘, Nakamura Kikaku, Kataoka Shinnosuke, Nakamura Takanosuke, Kataoka Sennosuke, Nakamura Toranosuke, Nakamura Jűjir˘, Nakamura Baika, Arashi Kitsusabur˘, Ichimura Kitsutar˘, Kataoka Matsunosuke

    Comments

    The traditional kaomise in Ky˘to at the Minamiza.

  • Sushiya: this is one act of an epic originally written for the Bunraku puppet theatre. The full-length play shows the fate of various Taira generals in hiding after the victory of their enemy, the Genji. In this act, Koremori (Nakamura Hayato ), the heir to the Taira clan is hiding in a sushi shop disguised as a humble apprentice, and Osato (Nakamura Kazutar˘), the daughter of the house, falls in love with him. However, Gonta (Nakamura Shid˘), the evil son of the house plots to gain a reward by turning in Koremori to the top Genji general Kajiwara (Nakamura Ganjir˘), but in the end, he has a surprising change of heart in one of the most heart-rending scenes in Kabuki. Also featuring Kataoka Kamez˘ as Yazaemon, the proprietor of the sushi shop.
  • Ryűko: this is a modern piece created after the end of World War II on the universal theme of the unending fight between the dragon, the greatest power in the sky, and the tiger, the greatest power on land. Starring Nakamura Senjaku as the spirit of the dragon and Nakamura Senjaku's son Nakamura Toranosuke as the spirit of the tiger (tora means ... tiger in Japanese).
  • 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, Sn3 as Umegawa, Kataoka Ainosuke as Chűbŕ's treacherous friend Tanbaya Hachiemon, Kataoka Kamez˘ as as Tsuchiya Jiemon and Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘ as Oen, the proprietress of the teahouse.
  • Matsuura no Taiko: Lord Matsuura (Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon) 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 (Nakamura Karoku) that his student ďtaka Gengo (Nakamura Shid˘) 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 (Kataoka Sennosuke) 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.
  • Toshima: In a short dance full of the mood of old Edo, "Toshima" features the sophistication and pride of a toshima, a woman who was once a geisha and is now a mistress to a wealthy man. As the cherry trees are in full bloom she muses on the fleetingness of love, she sits in a palanquin by the river bank hoping to catch her lover on his way to visit another woman. In a comic dance, she recalls a knockdown dragout fight she had with another rival and she mimes musical instruments that got involved in the fight, the shamisen, koto and bowed kokyű. Starring Nakamura Tokiz˘ in a dance that he has made his own.
  • Abura no Jigoku: this play has become phenomenally popular in modern times for its hard-boiled sensibility and sensuous killing scene with the protagonists slipping and struggling through puddles of spilled oil, but was virtually ignored at the time it was written. It shows Yohŕ, the wastrel son of a well-to-do merchant, who constantly tries to borrow money from Okichi, the wife of a neighboring oil merchant. Pressed for funds, he tries to blackmail her, but ends up killing her in the long, dream-like scene that gives this plays its title, "the woman killer and the hell of oil". Starring Kataoka Ainosuke and Kataoka Takatar˘ in the roles of Yohŕ and Okichi.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates ??? ~ ??? February 2023 [NO PERFORMANCE]
    Program

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    Casting

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    Comments

    No December Kabuki at the National Theatre. Just like in 2021.

     
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