MAY 2024

4 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, Theater MILANO-Za, T˘ky˘ Tatemono Brillia Hall), 1 in Nagoya (Misonoza) and 1 in Ky˘to (Minamiza)!

  • Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Living National Treasure Nakamura Karoku, Onoe Kikunosuke, Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Nakamura Matagor˘, Ichikawa Omez˘, Ichikawa Udanji, Nakamura Kotar˘, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Band˘ Minosuke, Onoe Matsuya and Onoe Ukon perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke perform at the Theater MILANO-Za!
  • Ichikawa Chűsha, Ichikawa Danko, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘ and the Omodakaya guild perform at the Misonoza!
  • Young actors perform at the Minamiza!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 May 2024
    Dankikusai Gogatsu ďkabuki
    Dankikusai May Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Oshi no Fusuma Koi no Mutsugoto (Oshidori)

    Kenuki

    Kiwametsuki Banzui Ch˘bŕ

    Evening

    Meiboku Sendai Hagi

  • Goten
  • Yukashita
  • Shisen Ry˘ Koban no Ume-no-Ha

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Living National Treasure Nakamura Karoku, Onoe Kikunosuke, Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Nakamura Matagor˘, Ichikawa Omez˘, Ichikawa Udanji, Nakamura Kotar˘, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Band˘ Minosuke, Onoe Matsuya, Onoe Ukon, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Yonekichi, Ichimura Manjir˘, Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘, Nakamura Mantar˘, Ichikawa Otora

    Comments

    The great yearly Dankiku festival is back at the Kabukiza! This important festival for the Naritaya and Otowaya guilds commemorates 2 great stars of the Meiji era: Dan = Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and Kiku = Onoe Kikugor˘ V.

  • Oshidori:
    (The Lovebirds)
    A rare performance of a dance showing two men fighting over a beautiful woman in the guise of a sum˘ match only to show that the woman and one of the men are actually the spirits of birds, conjugal birds that are an image of faithful love. Starring Onoe Matsuya, Onoe Ukon and Nakamura Mantar˘.
  • Kenuki: in this play, which retains the light, festive atmosphere of early-period Kabuki, a princess has a mysterious ailment that makes her hair stand on end, an ailment that prevents her from carrying out her long-awaited marriage. Kumedera Danj˘ comes from the groom's household to investigate and finds a plot to take over the household when his tweezers float in mid-air. Ichikawa Omez˘ stars in a play that features the bombastic aragoto style of acting that is a specialty of his family. Featuring also Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Ichimura Manjir˘, Onoe Matsuya and Nakamura Baishi.
  • Banzui Ch˘bŕ: in the early Edo period, gallant men like Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ led the commoners. But this incurred the wrath of members of the samurai class, who were theoretically in control. This play begins with a recreation of Kabuki in its earliest days, then a fight breaks out which is settled by Ch˘bŕ (Ichikawa Danjűr˘). But this frustrates the ambitions of the samurai Mizuno (Onoe Kikunosuke) who invites Ch˘bŕ to visit. All of Ch˘bŕ's men tell him not to go because it is a trap, but Ch˘bŕ decides to meet his end and bids farewell to his wife (Nakamura Kotar˘) and son. Finally, Ch˘bŕ is killed when he is defenseless in the bath. Featuring also Ichikawa Udanji, Nakamura Kinnosuke and Ichikawa Omez˘.
  • Meiboku Sendai Hagi: this play is about the attempt to take over one of the most famous samurai households in the Edo period, the Date clan ruling Sendai, a scandal that caused a sensation in its day. After the death of the lord of the clan, his young heir is the target of villains. Masaoka (Onoe Kikunosuke), the boy's nurse is desperately afraid that he will be poisoned. She refuses to let anyone see him who might try to assassinate him and attempts to keep him safe in the women's quarters where men are forbidden. She even fixes his meal in her quarters using her delicate tea ceremony implements to cook rice. The plotting faction does not give up, though, and sends poison in the form of candy as a present from the Sh˘gun. Masaoka's son Senmatsu sacrifices his life for the young lord by eating the poisoned candy, and when he is killed by the evil Yashio (Living National Treasure Nakamura Karoku), Masaoka thinks only of protecting her lord. Her fierce devotion to duty convinces the plotters that she is on their side. Masaoka's actions help save the young lord, and only when she is alone can she grieve for her son. As another faithful retainer Otokonosuke (Ichikawa Danjűr˘), stands guard underneath the room, the evil Nikki Danj˘ (Ichikawa Danjűr˘) appears as a giant rat, but then slips away, walking calmly through the clouds. Featuring also Nakamura Jakuemon (Sakae Gozen) and Nakamura Yonekichi (Okinoi).
  • Shisen Ry˘:
    (Four Thousand Gold Coins)
    In this play loosely based on a true incident, two men, Fujioka T˘jűr˘ (Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku) and Yashű no Tomiz˘ (Onoe Sh˘roku), the former a masterless samurai, the latter a seasoned thief, break into the treasury of the Shogunate and steal the immense sum of four thousand gold coins. Though the samurai tries to use the money to support a normal life by starting a loan business, the other wastes his money gambling and resorts to extorting money from his former partner. The enormity of their crime makes it impossible to keep it secret and they are soon caught. Written by Kawatake Mokuami, this play caused a sensation in its day for its realistic depiction of a Meiji period jail. Featuring also Living National Treasure Nakamura Karoku, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Band˘ Minosuke, Nakamura Baishi, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Band˘ Kamez˘ and Nakamura Mantar˘.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Theater MILANO-Za (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 26 May 2024
    Kabukich˘ ďkabuki
    Kabukich˘ ďkabuki
    Program

    Sh˘fudatsuki Kongen Kusazuri

    Ryűsei

    Fuku Kanau Kami no Koibana

    Casting

    Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Toranosuke, Nakamura Tsurumatsu, Nakamura Kantar˘, Nakamura Ch˘zabur˘

    Comments

    Grand Kabuki right in the heart of the Kabukich˘ entertainment district near Shinjuku Station! The Theater MILANO-Za is located within the T˘kyű Kabukich˘ Tower.

    T˘ky˘ Tatemono Brillia Hall (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 11 ~ 20 May 2024
    Zenshinza Gogatsu K˘en
    Zenshinza May Performances
    Program

    Yuki Matsuri Gonin Sanbas˘

    K˘j˘

    Narukami

    Casting

    Kawarazaki Kunitar˘, Fujikawa Yanosuke, Arashi Yoshisabur˘

    Comments

    The usual Zenshinza May program, not at the National Theatre (closed) but at the T˘ky˘ Tatemono Brillia Hall (T˘shima Arts and Culture Theatre)!

  • Gonin Sanbas˘: this dance is a special five-actor auspicious dance based on the ritual play 'Okina' in the classical Theatre. Five sanbas˘ dance wildly in the spring snow, praying for national tranquility and a bountiful harvest of grain.
  • Narukami: one of the most popular and universally appealing plays in the Kabuki Jűhachiban collection of plays featuring the bombastic aragoto style of acting. The holy man Narukami (Arashi Yoshisabur˘) is angry at the Imperial Court and has taken refuge in the mountains where he has imprisoned inside a waterfall the dragon that brings rain, bringing a severe drought to the country. Princess Taema (Kawarazaki Kunitar˘) is sent by the Imperial Court to try to seduce Narukami, destroying his magical powers and release the rain. When he finds that he has been betrayed, anger transforms Narukami into a Thunder God.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Misonoza (Nagoya)
    Dates 6 ~ 19 May 2024
    Program

    Yamato Takeru

    Casting

    Ichikawa Chűsha, Ichikawa Danko, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Ichikawa En'ya, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Juen, Ichikawa Seiko, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Nakamura Utanosuke, Arashi Kitsusabur˘, Kashima Noritoshi

    Comments

    Revival of the famous SűpÔ Kabuki drama "Yamato Takeru", a classic of the Omodakaya guild, in Nagoya at the Misonoza. In the absence of Ichikawa Ennosuke, the eponymous role of Yamato Takeru is played by Ichikawa Ennosuke III's grandson Ichikawa Danko.

  • Yamato Takeru: One of twin brothers, Prince Ousu (Ichikawa Danko), attempts to admonish his brother, Prince ďusu (Ichikawa Danko), who is plotting rebellion. However, in his attempt to restrain his brother, Prince Ousu accidentally takes his life. Unaware of the circumstances, their father, the Emperor (Ichikawa Chűsha), becomes enraged and orders Prince Ousu to embark on a campaign to subdue the Kumaso people who refuse to submit to Yamato. The wife of Prince ďusu, Princess Etachibana (Nakamura Kazutar˘), pursues Prince Ousu as her husband's avenger. However, as she discovers Osuĺs pure and gentle heart, she begins to admire him and eventually develops feelings for him, despite their initial adversarial relationship. Having arrived in Kumaso, Prince Osu successfully defeats the Takeru brothers, the leaders of the Kumaso, and in recognition of his bravery, he is bestowed with the name "Yamato Takeru" by the Kumaso Takeru. Joyfully returning to Yamato, Takeru finds that the Emperor still has not forgiven him, and he is now tasked with a campaign to subdue the Ezo people. Accompanied by the Great Lord Takehiko (Nakamura Fukunosuke), the journey is fraught with difficulties. Takeru is commanded to defeat the mountain deity on Mount Ibuki. This his final expedition. Takeru is attacked by a giant white boar (the manifestation of the mountain deity). He kills the boar but is cursed by a female demon and falls ill. On his return trip, Takeru dies while lamenting his long separation from and his longing for his wife Princess Ototachibana (Nakamura Kazutar˘).
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 11 ~ 19 May 2024
    Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitsu
    Kabuki Appreciation Class
    Program

    Kabuki he no Izanai

    Meisaku Hidari Kogatana (Ky˘ Ningy˘)

    Casting

    Kamimura Kichitar˘, Kataoka Matsujűr˘, Kataoka Senju, ďka Noboru

    Comments

    Young actors performing in Ky˘to at the Minamiza.

  • Kabuki he no Izanai: literally 'Invitation to Kabuki'. A stage speech delivered by the actress ďka Noboru.
  • Ky˘ Ningy˘: this dance tells the story of the woodcarver Hidari Jingor˘, famous for the sleeping cat on the great gate of Nikk˘. He brings a statue of a beautiful courtesan to life and then there is a spectacular fight scene with a variety of carpenterĺs tools. Starring Kataoka Matsujűr˘ as Jingor˘ and Kamimura Kichitar˘ as the doll of the courtesan.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

     
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