JUNE 2021

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

  • Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji and Nakamura Karoku perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Nakamura Tokiz˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Baigyoku, Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ perform at the Hakataza!
  • Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Senjaku, Nakamura Kaishun, Ichikawa Danz˘ and Band˘ Kamez˘ perform at the National Theatre!
  • Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Udanji, Ichikawa Sai'nyű, Kataoka Ichiz˘ and Nakamura Kotar˘ perform at the Minamiza!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 28 June 2021
    Rokugatsu ďkabuki
    June Grand Kabuki
    1st program

    Gohiiki Kanjinch˘ (Ataka no Seki)

    Yűgao Dana

    2nd program

    Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘
    The second half of this drama only

    3rd program

    Ky˘ Ningy˘

    Nichiren

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Nakamura Karoku, Band˘ Minosuke, Nakamura Hayato, Nakamura Kikaku, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Juen, Ichikawa En'ya, Nakamura Matsue, Kamimura Kichiya, Matsumoto Kingo, ďtani Keiz˘, ďtani Hirotar˘, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Yonekichi, Nakamura Kash˘, Ichikawa Otora, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Nakamura Utanosuke, Kataoka Sennosuke, Nakamura Tamatar˘, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Ichikawa Ukon

    Comments

    The 3 programs for the June Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza.

    Hakataza (Fukuoka)
    Dates 5 ~ 19 June 2021
    Rokugatsu Hakataza ďkabuki
    June Hakataza Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Matsu no Hagoromo

    Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi (Kirare Yosa)

  • Misome
  • Genjidana
  • Evening

    Keisei Hangonk˘ (Domo Mata)

    Migawari Zazen

    Casting

    Nakamura Tokiz˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Baigyoku, Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Mantar˘, Nakamura Kangyoku, Nakamura Baika

  • Hagoromo: the legend of the angel who came to earth to bathe and then had her heavenly feathered robe stolen by a fisherman is famous in all forms of Japanese theater. This month features an elegant dance version of the story with Nakamura Mantar˘ as the fisherman and Nakamura Tokiz˘ as the angel.
  • Kirare Yosa: Yosabur˘ (Onoe Kikunosuke), the refined young son of a wealthy merchant falls in love with Otomi (Nakamura Baishi) the moment he first sees her on the beach. But Otomi is the mistress of a powerful gangster, and when their relationship is discovered, the two are attacked. Yosabur˘ is cut from head to toe and the two are dumped into the sea. Otomi lives and is taken in by a rich merchant while Yosabur˘ is now covered with scars. Yosabur˘ 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. Featuring also Nakamura Baigyoku and Band˘ Hikosabur˘.
  • 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 Baigyoku as Matahei and Nakamura Baishi as his wife Otoku. Featuring Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ as Matahei's master Tosa Sh˘gen Mitsunobu, Nakamura Mantar˘ as Utanosuke, Nakamura Kangyoku as Shűrinosuke and Nakamura Baika as Sh˘gen's wife Kita-no-Kata.
  • Migawari Zazen: a dance play adopted from a classical ky˘gen farce. A man (Onoe Kikunosuke) wants nothing more than to visit his lover Hanako, but he has one important problem, his homely and overbearing wife (Nakamura Tokiz˘). He creates a scheme saying that he will be practicing Zen meditation all night and has his servant (Band˘ Hikosabur˘) take his place while he visits Hanako. He returns, giddy from a night of pleasure and tells his story to his servant in dance, unaware that his wife has discovered his deception and has taken his servant's place.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Comments

    The traditional two programs for the June Grand Kabuki at the Hakataza.

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 23 June 2021
    Rokugatsu Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitsu
    June Kabuki Appreciation Class
    Program

    Kabuki no Mikata

    Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi

    Casting

    Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Senjaku, Nakamura Kaishun, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Kamez˘, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Tanenosuke

    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 the sewamono drama "Bunshichi Mottoi".

  • Bunshichi Mottoi: Ch˘bŕ spends his days and nights gambling, but is finally made aware of his family's problems when his daughter takes a job in the pleasure quarters. Having received the money for her contract, he shows his good side to save a young man on the edge of suicide after losing a large sum of money, but nobody believes Ch˘bŕ, thinking that he has gambled the money away. The performance stars Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Senjaku and Band˘ Kamez˘ in the roles of Ch˘bŕ, Ch˘bŕ's wife Okane and Bunshichi. Featuring also Nakamura Kaishun and Ichikawa Danz˘.
  • Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 4 ~ 13 June 2021
    Ebiz˘ Kabuki
    Program

    Genpei Nunobiki no Taki
    (Sanemori Monogatari)

    KABUKU

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Udanji, Ichikawa Sai'nyű, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Nakamura Kotar˘, Ichikawa Kudanji, ďtani Hiromatsu, Horikoshi Kangen

    Comments

    The second item in this program is a newly-created Kabuki drama entitled "KABUKU", which has been created by the manga storywriter, novelist and screenwriter Kibayashi Shin.

  • Sanemori Monogatari: a play about the early days of the rivalry between the Genji and Heike warrior clans. The warrior Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori (Ichikawa Ebiz˘) has been charged by the leaders of the dominant Heike clan with finding Aoi Gozen (ďtani Hiromatsu), the pregnant wife of the leader of the enemy Genji clan. He is to kill her child if it is a son who can succeed to head of the clan, but old loyalties to the Genji lead him to protect the boy. Sanemori tells the story of how Koman (Nakamura Kotar˘), the daughter of the old couple who is protecting Aoi Gozen, bravely fought to protect the sacred standard of the Genji from the Heike. Koman mysteriously comes back to life when her severed arm is rejoined to it. Featuring also Ichikawa Udanji as Senoo Jűr˘.
  • KABUKU: a new dance-drama created by the manga storywriter, novelist and screenwriter Kibayashi Shin. Choreography made by Fujima Kanjűr˘ VIII.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Dates 17 ~ 20 June 2021
    Ichikawa Ebiz˘ Kikaku K˘en ~ IBUKI
    Ichikawa Ebiz˘ Project Performances ~ Breath
    Program

    Imoseyama Onna Teikin

  • Negai no Ito Enishi no Odamaki
  • Mikasayama Goten
  • Noriaibune Eh˘ Manzai

    Casting

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

    Comments

    1st edition of a special Kabuki program under the guidance of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ and starring Nakamura Kotar˘, Ichikawa Kudanji and ďtani Hiromatsu.

  • Imoseyama: "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", is a masterpiece by Chikamatsu Hanji (1725~1783) first presented in 1771 in the puppet theater. It is an epic taken from early Japanese history, weaving together history, legend and myth. The country chafes under the domination of the dictator Iruka. The two scenes from this epic classic show love and jealousy in a realm ruled by an evil dictator.
  • Michiyuki Koi no Odamaki:
    (The Spool of Love)
    Motome (ďtani Hiromatsu), the son of an important aristocrat opposed to the rule of the dictator Soga no Iruka is secretly planning to kill him. Having disguised himself as a commoner, he has had nightly trysts with a mysterious woman, an elegant princess (Nakamura Shinobu). In this dance, he has attached a string to her kimono to follow her and discover her identity. But Motome is followed as well by Omiwa (Nakamura Kotar˘), the beautiful daughter of a humble sake shop owner who has fallen in love with him during his time living undercover as a humble maker of court caps.
  • Mikasayama Goten:
    (The Mikasayama Palace Scene)
    The dictator Soga no Iruka has set up his own court and now seeks to destroy his opponent Kamatari. A mysterious fisherman named Fukashichi (Ichikawa Kudanji) comes as a messenger from Kamatari, claiming to bring a message of surrender. Meanwhile, Iruka's younger sister, Princess Tachibana (Nakamura Shinobu) has fallen in love with a handsome young man named Motome (ďtani Hiromatsu). But Motome is actually the son of Kamatari and says that he will only grant her love if she will cut off Iruka's head. Moreover, a country girl named Omiwa (Nakamura Kotar˘) has also followed Motome. Omiwa's blood and the work of all these people combined are what is necessary to finally defeat the magical powers of the evil Iruka.
  • Noriaibune: at the new year a group of merrymakers happen to meet on a ferry boat. They include a pair of manzai entertainers, who would go from door to door performing auspicious songs and dances. Featuring all actors.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

     
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