MARCH 2023

6 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, T˘ky˘ International Forum, IHI Stage Around Theater), 1 in Ky˘to (Minamiza), 1 in Yokohama (Kanagawa Kenmin Hall) and 3 tours (Succession Announcement Tour, Shungy˘ Special Tour, Zenshinza)!

  • Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Jakuemon, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Ainosuke and Kataoka Takatar˘ perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Nakamura Matagor˘, Nakamura Kaishun and Kataoka Kamez˘ perform at the National Theatre!
  • Young actors perform at the Minamiza!
  • Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kotar˘ and Ichikawa Udanji are on Succession Announcement Tour!
  • The Nakamuraya brothers Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke are on tour Shungy˘ Special Tour!
  • Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Shid˘, Onoe Matsuya, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Nakamura Baishi and Nakamura Yonekichi perform at the IHI Stage Around Theater !
  • The Zenshinza troupe is on tour!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 26 March 2023
    Sangatsu ďkabuki
    March Grand Kabuki
    1st program

    Hana no Gosho Shimatsu

    2nd program

    Kanadehon Chűshingura
    (Amakawaya Gihei Uchi)

    Migawari Zazen

    3rd program

    Dokuro-ni

    Kuruwa Bunsh˘ (Yoshidaya)

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Jakuemon, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Onoe Sh˘roku

    Comments

    The March Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza.

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 27 March 2023
    Program

    Nyűmon Genji no Hataage

    Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki

  • Kusemai
  • Okuden (Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari)
  • Goj˘ Hashi
  • Casting

    Nakamura Matagor˘, Nakamura Kaishun, Kataoka Kamez˘, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Arashi Kitsusabur˘, Nakamura Baika

    Comments

    The usual March Kabuki performances at the National Theatre.

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 4 ~ 26 March 2023
    Sangatsu Hanagata Kabuki
    March Young Actors Kabuki
    Program

    Kanadehon Chűshingura

  • Tepp˘ Watashi, Futatsudama
  • Kanpei Harakiri
  • Chűshin Iroha no Esugata

  • Hana no Yamashina
  • Yuki no Uchiiri
  • Casting

    Onoe Ukon, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Kataoka Sennosuke, Nakamura Kangyoku, Nakamura Takanosuke

    Comments

    Young actors performing in Ky˘to at the Minamiza.

    Succession Announcement Tour
    Dates 4 ~ 27 March 2023
    Jűsandaime Ichikawa Danjűr˘ Hakuen Shűmei Hir˘ Jungy˘
    Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII Hakuen Succession Announcement Tour
    Program

    Shitadashi Sanbas˘

    K˘j˘

    Kanjinch˘

    Casting

    Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kotar˘, Ichikawa Udanji, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Ichikawa Kudanji, ďtani Hiromatsu

    Comments

    A special tour celebrating the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII with performances in 15 cities: Komatsu (2-day), Kanazawa (at the Kagekiza!), Shizuoka, Odawara, Yamagata, K˘riyama, Toyama, Nagano, Takasaki, Niigata, Kimitsu, Koshigaya, Hachinohe, Sapporo (2-day) and Akita.

  • Shitadashi Sanbas˘:
    (The Sanbas˘ with his Tongue sticking out)
    Based on the ritual play "Okina" in the theatre, the sanbas˘ is both an important prayer for prosperity and a vigorous dance. This particular version takes its title from the sanbas˘ sticking his tongue out. Some say that this is from absorption in the joy of his dance. Others say that this is an auspicious sign. In any case, this vigorous and joyful dance is exhilarating to watch and is a perfect addition to this auspicious program. Staring Ichikawa Udanji and Nakamura Kotar˘.
  • 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 actors of the cast assemble to celebrate the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII.
  • Kanjinch˘: probably the most popular Kabuki play today, it includes dance, comedy and the heart-warming pathos of a band of heroes during their last days. Disguised as a band of traveling priests the fugitive general Yoshitsune and his small band of retainers are stopped at a road barrier. They escape only through the quick thinking of the head retainer, a warrior priest named Musashib˘ Benkei, who improvises the text of an elaborate imperial decree. Having escaped danger Benkei and the others describe their days of glory and hardships on the road to escape in a moving dance. This program stars Ichikawa Danjűr˘ in the role of Benkei, with Nakamura Kotar˘ and Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku as Yoshitsune and the barrier keeper Togashi.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Shungy˘ Special Tour
    Dates 6 ~ 23 March 2023
    Shungy˘ Tokubetsu K˘en
    The Dawn of Spring Special Performances
    Program

    T˘ku K˘nÔ

    Genroku Hanami Odori

    Nakaz˘ Ky˘ran

    Aioi Jishi

    Casting

    Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Tsurumatsu, Nakamura Ich˘, Sawamura Kunihisa, Nakamura Nakasuke, Nakamura Nakanosuke, Nakamura Nakashir˘, Nakamura Nakaya, Nakamura Nakaji

    Comments

    The 4th edition of the Spring Tour of the Nakamuraya guild with 24 performances in 12 venues. There is a website dedicated to this tour.

  • T˘ku K˘nÔ: a talk on stage (literally 'Talk Corner').
  • Genroku Hanami Odori:
    (Viewing the Cherry Blossoms in the Genroku Period)
    It is in the Genroku period (late 17th century) and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom on the hill of Ueno in Edo (present day T˘ky˘). Men and women dressed up in showy outfits gather to view cherry blossoms and begin to dance. After the song about the custom of flower viewing in Kyoto, the drunken people start a lively dance. The dance under the cherry blossoms continues endlessly. Starring young disciples of the Nakamuraya guild.
  • Nakaz˘ Ky˘ran: this is a ky˘ranmono, depicting Ono no Yoshizane in a state of mental confusion due to the stress of over-anxiety. Yoshizane's daughter Ono no Komachi was betrothed to Yoshimine Munesada but she received an unwelcome wedding proposal from the evil Prince Yagumo. As a consequence, Komachi slipped away from Ky˘to to seek Munesada who in the meantime has left the court because of various intrigues against him. Komachi's father is harassed daily by obnoxious messengers from Prince Yagumo demanding that he reveals the whereabouts of his daughter. He finally pretends to go mad in order to evade their demands. Starring Nakamura Kankur˘ in the role of Yoshizane.
  • Aioi Jishi: shishi (mythical lion-like spirits) are usually thought of as vigorous masculine creatures, but when shishi dances were first adapted for Kabuki from the classical theatre, they were danced by actors portraying an elegant, feminine atmosphere. This dance is one of the earliest in the genre and stars onnagata female role specialists. Featuring Nakamura Shichinosuke and Nakamura Tsurumatsu.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    T˘ky˘ International Forum (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 30 March 2023
    Naritaya Oyako ~ Densh˘-he no Michi
    Naritaya Parent and Children ~ The Road to Tradition
    Program

    Zadankai

    Komori

    Tonbi Yakko

    Otokodate Hana no Yoshiwara

    Casting

    Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Ichikawa Shinnosuke, Ichikawa Botan

    Comments

    A 2-performance 1-day dance program for the Naritaya family in T˘ky˘ at the T˘ky˘ International Forum.

    Kanagawa Kenmin Hall (Yokohama)
    Dates 31 March 2023
    Naritaya Oyako ~ Densh˘-he no Michi
    Naritaya Parent and Children ~ The Road to Tradition
    Program

    Zadankai

    Komori

    Tonbi Yakko

    Otokodate Hana no Yoshiwara

    Casting

    Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Ichikawa Shinnosuke, Ichikawa Botan

    Comments

    A dance program for the Naritaya family in Yokohama at the Kanagawa Kenmin Hall.

    IHI Stage Around Theater (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 March ~ 12 April 2023
    Program

    Fainaru Fantajţ X (Final Fantasy X)

    Casting

    Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Shid˘, Onoe Matsuya, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Yonekichi, Nakamura Mantar˘, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Shinobu, Kamimura Kichitar˘

    Comments

    "Final Fantasy X" is now a Kabuki play, staged for the first time this month in T˘ky˘ at the IHI Stage Around Theater! The project is led by Onoe Kikunosuke who will be both the stage director and the leading actor.

    Zenshinza Tour
    Dates 26 January ~ 5 March 2023
    Program

    B˘ Shibari

    Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi

    Casting

    Fujikawa Yanosuke, Yamazaki Tatsusabur˘, Nakajima K˘tar˘, Tamaura Yűnosuke, Hayase Einoj˘, Matsunami Kihachir˘, Arashi Ichitar˘, Watarai Motoyuki, Takei Shigeru, Ishijima Ryűsei

    Comments

    A long tour for the Zenshinza troupe:

  • B˘ Shibari:
    (Tied to a Pole)
    A dance play based on a classical Ky˘gen farce. A master (Watarai Motoyuki) is irritated that his two servants always drink his wine while he is out. He plots with his servant Tar˘kaja (Tamaura Yűnosuke) to trick the other servant Jir˘kaja (Nakajima K˘tar˘) into demonstrating his skill at stick fighting, tying him to the stick. The master then ties up Tar˘kaja as well. But he is outsmarted when the two still manage to drink his wine while tied up. Their happy singing and dancing while tied up is a dazzling display of virtuoso dancing and star two of the finest young dancers in Kabuki.
  • 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 Fujikawa Yanosuke, Hayase Einoj˘ and Ishijima Ryűsei in the roles of Ch˘bŕ, Ch˘bŕ's wife Okane and Bunshichi.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

     
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