JULY 2023

2 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza), 5 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Asakusa K˘kaid˘) and 1 tour (Sh˘chiku Kabuki Dance Tour)!

  • ??? perform at the Sh˘chikuza!
  • Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Kaishun, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Kotar˘, Ichikawa Udanji and Nakamura Matagor˘ perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Kinnosuke and Ichikawa Komaz˘ perform at the National Theatre!
  • Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs at the Minamiza!
  • Onoe Sh˘roku and young actors are tour in the Eastern Provinces!
  • Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Onoe Matsuya, Onoe Ukon, Nakamura Kangyoku and Nakamura Takanosuke perform at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘!
  • Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates ?? ~ ?? July 2023
    Kansai Kabuki o Ai Suru Kai Shichigatsu ďkabuki
    The 31st Kansai Kabuki Lovers Society July Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    ???

    Evening

    ???

    Casting

    ???

    Comments

    31st edition of the Kansai Kabuki Lovers Society July Grand Kabuki in ďsaka.

    Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 28 July 2023
    Shichigatsu ďkabuki
    July Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Kiku no En Tsuki no Shiranami

    Evening

    Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi (Tonbŕ Sumika)

    Kami no Megumi Wag˘ no Torikumi
    (Megumi no Kenka)

    Kamakura Hachimangű Shizuka no H˘rakumai

    Casting

    Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Kaishun, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Kotar˘, Ichikawa Udanji, Nakamura Matagor˘, Ichikawa Chűsha, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘, Ichikawa Omez˘, Ichikawa Shinnosuke, Asano Kazuyuki, Ichikawa Botan

    Comments

    The usual July Grand Kabuki programs at the Kabukiza.

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 24 July 2023
    Shichigatsu Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitsu
    July Kabuki Appreciation Class
    Program

    Kabuki no Mikata

    Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki (Hikimado)

    Casting

    Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Ichikawa Komaz˘

    Comments

    Educational program at the National Theatre called Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitu ("Kabuki Appreciation Class"). This is a very interesting formula for the beginners because there is lively presentation on stage (Kabuki no Mikata) of Kabuki or some aspects of the art like music, stage tricks or fighting scenes. It is followed by ???.

    Kabuki Tour in the Eastern Provinces
    Dates 30 June ~ 31 July 2023
    Higashi K˘su Sh˘chiku ďkabuki
    Eastern Course Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki
    Program

    Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki (Kikubatake)

    Tsuchi-gumo

    Casting

    Onoe Sh˘roku, Band˘ Kamez˘, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Mantar˘, Band˘ Shingo, Onoe Sakon

    Comments

    The July Grand Kabuki Tour in the Eastern Provinces.

  • Kikubatake: it is a great classic of period play Kabuki originally adapted from the Bunraku puppet theatre, full of larger-than-life characters and a stage full of dazzling color. In a garden of brilliant yellow and white chrysanthemums, there is Kiichi (Onoe Sh˘roku), an elderly strategist working for the dictator Kiyomori, his beautiful daughter Minazuru (Band˘ Shingo) and two footmen, the elegant young Toraz˘ (Nakamura Baishi) and the powerful Chienai (Band˘ Kamez˘ from shonichi to the 15th of July/Nakamura Mantar˘ from the 16th of July to senshűraku). But in fact, Toraz˘ is a young general from the enemy side here to steal Kiichiĺs secrets of strategy. Chienai is his retainer. But Kiichi has realized why they are there and also knows that Chienai is actually his younger brother. At the same time, Minazuru has fallen deeply in love with Toraz˘.
  • Tsuchi-gumo: a dance play adapted from the classical theatre. The samurai Lord Minamoto Raik˘ is famous in legend for ridding Ky˘to of demons. While Raik˘ is confined to bed with illness, a priest (Onoe Sh˘roku) from a prominent temple comes to pray for his health. In fact, the priest is actually the spirit of the earth spider which has caused Raik˘'s illness in the first place and hopes to destroy him. The spider's plan to kill Raik˘ is defeated by his retainers (the famous shitenn˘) in an exciting fight. Featuring Nakamura Baishi as Raik˘.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 27 January 2023
    Shinsaku Kabuki
    New Kabuki
    Program

    T˘ken Ranbu

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Onoe Matsuya, Onoe Ukon, Nakamura Kangyoku, Nakamura Takanosuke

    Comments

    A newly-created Kabuki drama based on a ... free-to-play collectible card browser video game named "T˘ken Ranbu" and developed by DMM.com LLC at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘.

    Asakusa K˘kaid˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 30 June ~ 2 July 2023
    Kamiyach˘ Sh˘kabuki
    Kamiyach˘ Little Kabuki
    Program

    Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami

  • Hamamatsuya
  • Inasegawa Seizoroi
  • Takatsuki

    Casting

    Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Nakamura Utanosuke

    Comments

    1st edition of a gala for Nakamura Shikan's three sons. It is entitled Kamiyach˘ Sh˘kabuki ('Kamiyach˘ Little Kabuki'). Kamiyach˘ was the name of late Nakamura Shikan VII's neighboorhood in T˘ky˘ and it was used as an original way to appraise this great actor (kakegoe).

     
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