JANUARY 2022
Cancellation of two Kabuki performances in January 2022 due to coronavirus (COVID-19)!!!

6 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Asakusa K˘kaid˘, Shinbashi Enbuj˘), 1 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza), 1 in Nagoya (Misonoza) and 1 in Ky˘to (Minamiza)!

  • Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Nakamura Shid˘, Onoe Matsuya, Band˘ Minosuke and Nakamura Hayato perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Rakuzen, Ichimura Manjir˘ and Kataoka Kamez˘ perform at the National Theatre
  • Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs at the Sh˘chikuza!
  • Ichikawa Ebiz˘ and his troupe perform at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ and at the Misonoza !
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 27 January 2022
    Kotobuki Hatsuharu ďkabuki
    Congratulation Early Spring Grand Kabuki
    1st Program

    Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki

  • Higaki Jaya
  • Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari
  • Iwau Haru Genroku Hanami Odori

    2nd Program

    Haru no Kotobuki

  • Sanbas˘
  • Manzai
  • Kantan Makura Monogatari (Rosei no Yume)

    3rd Program

    Arigataya Hana-ga-Tatsud˘ Ake no Kagekiyo
    (Iwato no Kagekiyo)

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura
    (Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata)

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Nakamura Shid˘, Onoe Matsuya, Band˘ Minosuke, Nakamura Hayato, ďtani Tomoemon, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Nakamura Yonekichi, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke

    Comments

    The three programs for the New Year Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza.

  • Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari: the world is ruled by Taira no Kiyomori, the leader of the Heike clan. Tokiwa Gozen, the widow of the head of the defeated Genji clan and mother of Yoritomo and Yoshitsune, the future leaders of the clan, has become the mistress of the dictator Kiyomori, then the wife of Lord ďkura, a seemingly simple-minded fool who spends all his time watching pretty women dance. Outraged members of the Genji clan sneak into Lord ďkura's mansion only to discover that Tokiwa Gozen's immorality and Lord ďkura's idiocy are a guise, the only way to survive in a world ruled by the enemy. This performance stars Nakamura Kankur˘ as Lord ďkura, Nakamura Senjaku as Tokiwa Gozen, Nakamura Shid˘ as Yoshioka Kijir˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke as Yoshioka's wife Oky˘.
  • Genroku Hanami Odori: This dance is set in the Genroku Period (1688-1704). A party dressed in gorgeous apparel comes to view the cherry blossoms in full bloom. The light of the moon shines upon the flowers, and the people perform elegant dances as they admire the cherry blossoms and rejoice together. This month's performance is a lively celebration of the stage debut of Nakamura Shid˘'s son Ogawa Haruki.
  • Haru no Kotobuki: Two dances celebrating the beginning of spring. The sanbas˘ is an auspicious dance based on the ritual play "Okina" in the classical theater which shows an old man as a symbol of longevity and the energetic sanbas˘ as a symbol of fertility and prosperity. With Nakamura Baigyoku as the okina, Nakamura Kaishun as the senzai and Nakamura Shikan as the sanbas˘. The second dance, "Manzai", is about performers with hand drums that would go from door to door at the New Year to perform auspicious songs and dances. Starring Nakamura Ganjir˘ and Nakamura Matagor˘.
  • Rosei no Yume: a rare drama, which is the Edo parody of a famous chinese tale, which is called the Tale of Lu Sheng. Lu Sheng was a young man who fell asleep and dreamed of glory but waked to find that the millet at his bedside had not even begun to boil. In this Edo version, Lu Sheng becomes Rosei, the nickname of Roya Seikichi. The oar maker Rosei (Matsumoto K˘shir˘) and his wife Och˘ (Kataoka Takatar˘) are in debt, and have moved to Ueno Ikenohata in Edo. Hearing their circumstances, the landlord Rokuemon (Nakamura Karoku) comes up with a plan to trick a samurai into a compromising situation with Och˘ and then to blackmail him. Soon afterwards, Yokoshima Tomoz˘ (Nakamura Kinnosuke) arrives and falls victim to their scheme. Later, Seikichi takes a nap, resting his head on the luggage left behind, and dreams of the pleasures of contemporary Edo: greeting sunrise in boat on Edo Bay, feasting in a famous restaurant, being entertained to classical music or joining the procession of top-rank courtesan under cherry-blossom.
  • Iwato no Kagekiyo: Akushichiby˘e Kagekiyo (Onoe Matsuya), a valiant warrior of the Heike clan who burns with the desire to wreak vengeance on his arch enemies, the rival Genji clan, secludes himself in a rock cave at Enoshima. He curses Minamoto no Yoritomo, the head of the Genji clan, and as a result the world becomes dark. Then, daimy˘ lords allied to the Genji clan, Chichibu no Shigetada (Nakamura Kash˘), H˘j˘ no Tokimasa (Band˘ Minosuke) and others, gather in front of the rock cave and begin a Shint˘ ritual to dispel the darkness...
  • 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. This play ends with a spectacular chűnori. Starring Ichikawa Ennosuke as the fox Tadanobu. Featuring also Ichikawa Monnosuke (Yoshitsune), Nakamura Jakuemon (Shizuka Gozen) and Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘ (Kawatsura H˘gen).
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 27 January 2022
    Program

    Nans˘ Satomi Hakkenden

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Rakuzen, Ichimura Manjir˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘, Band˘ Kamez˘, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Mantar˘, Ichimura Takematsu, Onoe Sakon, Ichimura Hikaru, Ichimura Kitsutar˘

    Comments

    The New year Kabuki performances at the National Theatre with a troupe led by Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘.

  • Hakkenden:
    (The Eight Dog Warriors)
    the original novel is an immense epic by 19th century novelist Takizawa Bakin published over many years, but eventually reaching one-hundred and sixty volumes. The Satomi clan is being attacked and its lord offers his daughter Princess Fuse to the warrior that will bring him the head of the enemy. It is his loyal dog that kills and beheads the enemy and, saying that her father must not go back on his word, Princess Fuse goes with the dog. Nevertheless, the Satomi clan is defeated and one of its loyal retainers goes to rescue Princess Fuse, shooting the dog, but unfortunately shooting Princess Fuse as well. The eight crystal beads of her rosary, each engraved with the Chinese characters of one of the Confucian virtues, goes flying through the air. Miraculously, each will be found with a newborn baby. These eight children, all of whom have the character inu for "dog" in their names, eventually meet and join together to restore the Satomi clan. The play features all the stars of the company and follows the adventures of the eight dog warriors as they meet and gradually join together, leading to a climactic fight on the roof of a dizzyingly high tower.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates 2 ~ 23 January 2022
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Hatsuharu Tokubetsu Buy˘ K˘en
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Early Spring Special Dance Performances
    Program

    K˘j˘

    Fuji Musume

    Omatsuri

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘

    Comments

    A special Buy˘ program at the Sh˘chikuza starring Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘.

  • K˘j˘: the close relationship between the actors and the audience is shown by stage announcements, usually lavish ceremonies to commemorate various important events. This month at the Yachiyoza, it is a stage speech done by Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘.
  • Fuji Musume: the spirit of wisteria blossoms dances of love in the form of a beautiful young maiden. One of Kabuki's most famous and colorful dances, it will feature the dancing skills of Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘.
  • 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 geisha (Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘) appear on stage and show her Edo-style spirit.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 20 19 January 2022
    Hatsuharu Ebiz˘ K˘en
    Early Spring Ebiz˘ Performances
    Program

    Puperu

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Udanji, Ichikawa Sai'nyű, Ichimura Kakitsu, Nakamura Kotar˘, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Ichikawa Omez˘, Ichikawa Kudanji, ďtani Hiromatsu, Horikoshi Kangen, Ichikawa Botan, ďchi Y˘suke

    Comments

    The traditional New Year Kabuki at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ with a troupe led by the young star Ichikawa Ebiz˘. They perform in a newly-created Kabuki drama entitled "Puperu", which is based on Nishino Akihiro's children's picture book "Poupelle of Chimney Town". This drama is directed by Fujima Kanjűr˘ VIII.

    Dates 21 ~ 23 January 2022 [CANCELLED]
    Ichikawa Ebiz˘ Kikaku K˘en ~ IBUKI
    Ichikawa Ebiz˘ Project Performances ~ Breath
    Program

    Haru no Shirabe Musume Nanakusa

    Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi (Genjidana)

    Shinobi Yoru Koi no Kusemono (Masakado)

    Casting

    Nakamura Kotar˘, Ichikawa Kudanji, ďtani Hiromatsu, Ichikawa Shinz˘, Ichikawa Shinjűr˘, Nakamura Shinobu, Ichikawa Tsutanosuke, Ichikawa Fukutar˘, Ichikawa Fukunosuke, Ichikawa Masusabur˘, Ichikawa Ujaku

    Comments

    2nd edition of a special Kabuki program under the guidance of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ and starring Nakamura Kotar˘, Ichikawa Kudanji and ďtani Hiromatsu. Due to to people infected with coronavirus, this 2nd edition was not staged!

  • Musume Nanakusa: in the Edo period, every New Year, plays appeared about the medieval vendetta carried out by the Soga brothers Jűr˘ and Gor˘. This colorful, old-fashioned dance mixes this tradition with that of eating porridge containing seven auspicious herbs on the seventh day of the new year. As the brothers Jűr˘ (Ichikawa Fukutar˘) and Gor˘ (Ichikawa Fukunosuke) prepare to face their father's murderer and take revenge, along with beautiful Shizuka Gozen (Nakamura Shinobu), they cut the herbs, as a symbolic act of vengeance.
  • Genjidana: Yosabur˘ (Ichikawa Kudanji) fell in love with Otomi (ďtani Hiromatsu) the moment he first saw her on the beach. Otomi was the mistress of a powerful gangster and, when their relationship was discovered, Yosabur˘ was cut from head to toe and the two were dumped into the sea. Otomi lived and was taken in by a rich merchant. Yosabur˘, who is now covered with scars, turns into a petty thief and extortionist but one day, finds that the woman he is about to blackmail is none other than Otomi, alive and well.
  • Masakado: after the death of Masakado, the great pretender to the imperial throne, the only one to carry on his cause is his daughter, Takiyasha (Nakamura Kotar˘). She appears mysteriously in the ruins of her father's palace and tries to seduce Mitsukuni (Ichikawa Tsutanosuke), a warrior sent to investigate mysterious happenings at the mansion. In dance Takiyasha tells of how she fell in love with Mitsukuni, then, also in dance, Mitsukuni tells the story of how the traitor Masakado was killed. Takiyasha breaks down in tears, revealing her true identity. After a dance-like fight, the mansion collapses and Takiyasha poses on the roof with the banner of her clan.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Asakusa K˘kaid˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates ?? ~ ?? January 2022 [CANCELLED]
    Shinshun Asakusa Kabuki
    New Year Asakusa Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    ???

    Evening

    ???

    Casting

    ???

    Comments

    The yearly show for young promising actors at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ in Asakusa, a lively and colorful neighboorhood that keeps the scent of old Edo, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

    Misonoza (Nagoya)
    Dates 30 ~ 31 January 2022
    Ichikawa Ebiz˘ Shinshun Tokubetsu K˘en
    Ichikawa Ebiz˘ New Year Special Performances
    Program

    Okina Senzai Sanbas˘
    Suodori

    B˘ Shibari

    Otokodate Hana no Yoshiwara

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Kudanji, ďtani Hiromatsu

    Comments

    A 2-day New Year special program in Nagoya at the Misonoza starring Ichikawa Ebiz˘.

     
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