NOVEMBER 2021
Cancellation of one Kabuki program in November 2021 due to coronavirus (COVID-19)!!!

5 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, TBS Akasaka Act Theater), 1 in Toyooka (Eirakukan) and 1 tour (Hana no Mai Tour)!

  • Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Kaishun, Kataoka Ainosuke, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danz˘, Nakamura Karoku and Nakamura Matagor˘ perform at the Kabukiza !
  • Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘ and Nakamura Kotar˘ perform at the National Theatre!
  • Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke perform at the TBS Akasaka Act Theater!
  • Ichikawa Udanji, Ichikawa Emisabur˘ and ďtani Hiromatsu are on tour!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 1 ~ 26 November 2021
    Kichirei Kaomise ďkabuki
    Annual Festive Face-Showing Grand Kabuki
    1st program

    K˘ no Tori

    Ii Tair˘

    2nd program

    Kotobuki Soga no Taimen

    Renjishi

    3rd program

    Hana Kurabe Gishi no Kaomise

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Kaishun, Kataoka Ainosuke, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danz˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Onoe Ukon, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Band˘ Minosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Hayato, Band˘ Kamez˘, Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Yonekichi, ďtani Hirotar˘, Nakamura Kash˘, Kataoka Sennosuke, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Mantar˘

    Comments

    The traditional November kaomise programs at the Kabukiza.

  • K˘ no Tori: this is a new dance drama first performed at the Eirakukan Theatre in Hy˘go Prefecture in 2014, which portrays the stork, the divine bird of Tajima Province. It was revived at the Eirakukan again in 2018 and is being performed for the first time at the Kabukiza Theatre this month. It is set in the Muromachi period. Akamatsu Mitsusuke (Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘), the military governor turned daimy˘ who is based in Harima Province, has become more and more powerful. So much so that, at a single nod from him, the Sh˘gun Ashikaga Yoshinori was assassinated. A banquet is about to be held in front of the Izushi Shrine and prayers that Mitsusuke will control the world take place. A stork, which is believed to be a messenger of the gods, is held in a big bird cage. Mitsusuke's retainers have dedicated it to him because legend says that eating its meat will bring longevity. As they surround the bird cage to kill and cook it, it becomes pitch-dark and two ky˘genshi appear (Kataoka Ainosuke and Nakamura Kazutar˘). They perform a dance in Mitsusuke's presence, but when they approach the bird cage...
  • Ii Tair˘: Ii Naosuke was the head of state in Japan in 1860 when there were pressures from inside and outside the country. Imperial loyalists demanded that the Sh˘gun step down and hand over rule to the emperor to resist the foreign barbarians. The United States and other countries insisted that Japan open its doors. On March 3, at the snow-covered gate to the Sh˘gun's castle, Ii Naosuke was assassinated by imperial loyalists. This modern play by H˘j˘ Hideji features the last day before the assassination as Naosuke senses that his end is near. The deaths of an old friend and his newborn daughter make Naosuke and his mistress Oshizu-no-Kata think back to simpler times before he was burdened by such responsibilities. Starring Nakamura Kaishun as Oshizu-no-Kata, Matsumoto Haku˘ as Ii Naosuke and Nakamura Karoku as Naosuke's Zen teacher.
  • Soga no Taimen: this is one of the oldest and most classical of all Kabuki plays. In the Edo period, every January, plays appeared about the vendetta carried out by the Soga brothers Jűr˘ and Gor˘ after eighteen years of hardship. In "Soga no Taimen" the brothers confront Kud˘ Suketsune, the man responsible for their father's death. More ceremony than play, it features each of the important Kabuki character types, including the bombastic aragoto style of Gor˘ and the soft wagoto style of Jűr˘. This month features a cast headed by Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘ as Kud˘ and some of the most popular young stars in Kabuki with Band˘ Minosuke as Gor˘ and Nakamura Tokiz˘ as Jűr˘. Featuring Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Jakuemon and Ichikawa Sadanji as Kobayashi no Asahina, the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover), the courtesan ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) and Oni˘ Shinzaemon (Jűr˘'s retainer).
  • Renjishi: 2 entertainers dance a tale of the legendary shishi or lion-like spirits that live at the foot of a holy Buddhist mountain. There is a comic interlude with 2 Buddhist pilgrims. Then, the shishi themselves appear and perform their dance with wild shaking of their long manes. The dance shows a parent shishi forcing his cub to undergo harsh training in order to grow up strong. This theme is often associated with the training a parent actor gives his son. This performance features Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon in the role of the parent shishi and his grandsson Kataoka Sennosuke in the role of the cub.
  • Hana Kurabe Gishi no Kaomise: The feudal lords En'ya Hangan (Nakamura Hayato) and Momonoi Wakasanosuke (Matsumoto K˘shir˘) are entertaining the Sh˘gun's brother, Ashikaga Tadayoshi (Band˘ Shingo), at the Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine in Kamakura. En'ya Hangan's wife, Lady Kaoyo (Onoe Ukon), has also been summoned to attend so that she can identify a group of helmets. Later, when K˘ no Moron˘ (Ichikawa Ennosuke), the steward to Ashikaga clan, forces his attentions on Lady Kaoyo, Wakasanosuke helps her escape from Moron˘. This angers Moron˘, who insults Wakasanosuke so harshly that the latter is unable to bear it and unsheathes his sword... In fact, this is what Wakasanosuke sees in a dream. In reality, Moron˘ insulted En'ya Hangan who slashed at him with his sword and was then ordered to commit ritual suicide. A year has passed since then. Old retainers of En'ya Hangan, ďboshi Yuranosuke and others, have lived separately, but the time has come for them to attack Moron˘'s mansion to avenge their lordĺs death... This play features highlights from the famous work, "Kanadehon Chűshingura", but with new direction which enables the story to proceed at a faster pace.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 25 November 2021
    Program

    Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki

    Casting

    Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Nakamura Kotar˘, Nakamura Kikaku, Nakamura Matsue, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Jűjir˘, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Ichimura Takematsu, Ichikawa Otora, Nakamura Tamatar˘

    Comments

    The usual November Kabuki at the National Theatre.

  • Mikagehama Hamabe: The stonecutter Byakug˘ no Midaroku (Nakamura Ganjir˘) shows his neighborhood villagers a flute he was given by a young client for the gravestone that he built on the shore. Fuji no Kata (Nakamura Kotar˘) then appears and claims the flute is the aoba no fue ('flute of green leaves'), the treasure of her son Taira no Atsumori. The Genji-side pursuers then arrive, led by Banba no Chűta (Nakamura Kikaku), running after Fuji no Kata. In the furious brawl, the villagers knock Chűta dead. In bewilderment, they begin drawing lots to decide who is to blame for the incident. While this remains unsettled, Midaroku comes forward and says that he will turn himself in.
  • Kumagai Jin'ya: At the encampment, Kumagai (Nakamura Shikan) recounts to his wife, Sagami (Kataoka Takatar˘), and Fuji no Kata the last moments of Atsumori, who Kumagai killed on the battlefield. Yoshitsune (Nakamura Kinnosuke) soon appears to inspect the head, which is supposed to be that of Atsumori. Prior to the inspection, Kumagai shows the official notice board to Yoshitsune, indicating that he faithfully followed the secret order from Yoshitsune to save Atsumori. Yoshitsune declares that it is the head of Atsumori, but in fact it is the head of Kumagai's son, who was killed in place of Atsumori. Noticing that it is indeed her son, Sagami collapses in tears, lifting the head up in her arms. Meanwhile, Midaroku appears and is identified as Yaheiby˘e Munekiyo, a former Heike retainer who once rescued the young Yoshitsune. Munekiyo expresses his deep appreciation to Yoshitsune, who repaid an obligation by handing over a certain person hiding in an armor chest to him. Kumagai, who changes his name to Rensh˘ to become a priest, leaves the encampment holding back his tears.
  • Sources: National Theatre Official Website

    TBS Akasaka Act Theater (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 11 ~ 26 November 2021
    Akasaka ďkabuki
    Akasaka Grand Kabuki
    Program

    Sato no Uwasa Yamanaya Urazato

    Echigo Jishi

    Yoi no Akasaka Niwaka no Satogeshiki

    Casting

    Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Kamez˘, Nakamura Tsurumatsu, Nakamura Toranosuke, Nakamura Kantar˘, Nakamura Ch˘zabur˘

    Comments

    5th edition of the Akasaka Grand Kabuki, which was started in September 2008 by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII, the head of the Nakamuraya guild.

    Eirakukan (Toyooka)
    Dates ??? ~ ??? November 2021 [CANCELLED]
    Eirakukan ďkabuki
    Eirakukan Grand Kabuki
    Program

    ???

    Casting

    ???

    Comments

    Cancellation of the 13th Kabuki program at the Eirakukan, a renovated traditional theater built in the city of Toyooka (prefecture of Hy˘go).

    Hana no Mai Tour
    Dates 14 October ~ 23 November 2021
    Dent˘ Gein˘ Hana no Mai
    The Dance of Flowers (Tradional Entertainment)
    Program

    Kusu no Shu
    drum solo

    Nank˘
    Suodori

    Narukami

    Casting

    Ichikawa Udanji, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, ďtani Hiromatsu, Ichikawa K˘tar˘, Ichikawa Ukon

    Comments

    A short 17-date tour for Ichikawa Udanji, Ichikawa Emisabur˘ and ďtani Hiromatsu.

  • 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 (Ichikawa Udanji) 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 (Ichikawa Emisabur˘) 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

     
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