OCTOBER 2021

5 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Tessenkai), 1 in Nagoya (Misonoza), 1 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza), 1 in Ichikawa (Gy˘toku Cultural Hall I&I) and 2 tours (Kinshű Special Tour, Hana no Mai Tour)!

  • Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Kaishun, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Ichikawa Danz˘, Nakamura Karoku, ďtani Tomoemon, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Onoe Matsuya, Onoe Ukon, Band˘ Minosuke and Nakamura Hayato perform at the Kabukiza !
  • Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Nakamura Baishi and Kataoka Ichiz˘ perform at the National Theatre !
  • Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs at the Misonoza !
  • Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kamimura Kichiya and Nakamura Kazutar˘ perform at the Sh˘chikuza !
  • Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke are on tour (Kinshű Special Tour)!
  • Ichikawa Udanji, Ichikawa Emisabur˘ and ďtani Hiromatsu are on tour!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 27 October 2021
    Jűgatsu ďkabuki
    October Grand Kabuki
    1st program

    Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi (Koheiji Gaiden)
    One side story act from "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi" being originally from "Iroeiri Otogi Z˘shi"

    Niwaka Jishi

    2nd program

    Tenmangű Natane no Gokű
    (Shihei no Nana Warai)

    Tachi Nusubito

    3rd program

    Sh˘chikubai Yushima no Kakegaku

    Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori (Kisen)

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Kaishun, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Ichikawa Danz˘, Nakamura Karoku, ďtani Tomoemon, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Onoe Matsuya, Onoe Ukon, Band˘ Minosuke, Nakamura Hayato, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘, Band˘ Kamez˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Nakamura Matsue, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Yonekichi, Ichikawa Juen, ďtani Hirotar˘, Nakamura Takanosuke, Sawamura S˘nosuke, Matsumoto Kingo, ďtani Keiz˘, Ichimura Takematsu, Nakamura Tamatar˘, Ichikawa Otora, Arashi Kitsusabur˘, Ichimura Kitsutar˘, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Nakamura Baika, Onoe Sakon, Terajima Mahoro

    Comments

    The October Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza.

  • Koheiji Gaiden: Koheiji (Ichikawa Ennosuke) has been banished from his domain and lives with his wife Otowa (Ichikawa Ennosuke) in his birth place Kobata. However, when Koheiji goes on a pilgrimage throughout the country, Otowa commits adultery with the packhorse driver Takur˘ (Band˘ Minosuke) and they live now as if they were husband and wife. One day, after hearing that Koheiji, who stands in his way, is due to come back from the pilgrimage, Takur˘ gets poison to murder him... Please notice the onstage quick-changes of role (hayagawari) between Koheiji and Otowa, as well as the stage tricks used for Koheiji's ghost, which make the play spectacular and enable the story to proceed speedily.
  • Niwaka Jishi: this lively dance evokes the atmosphere of an Edo period festival. The highlight of the piece is the lion dance performed by two of the handsome young men of the neighborhood. Featuring Band˘ Shingo (geisha), Ichikawa Emiya (geisha) and Onoe Matsuya (the firefighter).
  • Shihei no Nana Warai:
    (Shihei's Seven Laughs)
    The Heian period court minister Sugawara no Michizane is famous for being exiled to Kyushu by a political rival. He died angry and vengeful and was said to be transformed into a thunder god. His angry spirit was placated by making him a god and now Michizane is worshipped as Tenjin, the god of learning. This is the subject of one of the most famous plays of Bunraku and Kabuki ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami") and Michizane's political rival, Fujiwara no Shihei, is always depicted as a larger-than-life villain, an evil courtier with magical powers. This play, a rarely performed classic of the Kansai style of Kabuki, and reverses the story totally. Michizane (Nakamura Karoku) is the victim of slander and Shihei (Matsumoto Haku˘) does his best to try to mend the situation, but unfortunately Michizane is exiled. But after Michizane leaves, Shihei shows his true self and in a famous scene, laughs triumphantly. Shihei engineered Michizane's exile himself.
  • Tachi Nusubito: the farces of the classical Ky˘gen theater have universal appeal, showing the relationships of masters and servants and husbands and wives. In this particular dance play, a farmer named Manbŕ (Nakamura Takanosuke) carries a precious sword, which is made of gold. The thief Kurobŕ (Onoe Sh˘roku) quietly removes the sword from Manbŕ in a crowd. When Manbŕ finds his sword missing and notices Kurobŕ wearing it, a loud dispute ensues. Manbŕ and Kurobŕ must both explain who owns the sword, first in words, then in dance to a magistrate, who must try to figure out who tells the truth.
  • Yushima no Kakegaku: Oshichi was a grocer's daughter who fell in love with a temple page named Kichisabur˘ when her family took refuge in a temple after a fire. She so wanted to see him that she set a fire, even though the penalty for arson was death. The story of Oshichi is famous in many theatrical versions, but this particular one features the antics of the middle-aged man Beniya Ch˘bŕ (commonly called Bench˘) who is in love with her. Starring Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘ as Bench˘, Nakamura Kaishun as Oshichiĺs mother Otake, Onoe Ukon as Yaoya Oshichi and Nakamura Hayato as Kichisabur˘.
  • Kisen: "Kisen" is part of a series of dances showing the six poetic geniuses of ancient Japan. The five male poets are all shown as being in love with the sixth, Ono no Komachi, one of the most famous beauties of Japan. The other dances are set in ancient Japan, but this dance suddenly jumps to the Edo period where the poet-priest Kisen wanders intoxicated by the beauties of the cherry blossoms and of Okaji, a tea stand waitress. Starring Nakamura Shikan as Kisen and Kataoka Takatar˘ as Okaji.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 October 2021
    Program

    Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba

  • Ai no Yama/Yadoya/Okkake/Jiz˘-mae/Futami-ga-Ura
  • Aburaya/Okuniwa
  • Casting

    Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Nakamura Baishi, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Nakamura Kash˘, Band˘ Shűch˘, Nakamura Mantar˘, Nakamura Kangyoku

    Comments

    The October Grand Kabuki at the National Theatre.

  • Ise Ondo: this is a sewamono play, a drama portraying in a realistic way the lives of ordinary people in the Edo period. It was based on a true incident involving a sword that occurred in a brothel in Furuichi, near the Grand Shrine of Ise. In Awa Province (present day Tokushima Prefecture) the lord's uncle Hachisuka Daigaku is plotting to take over the Hachisuka clan. As the head retainer Imada Kur˘emon who enjoys the lord's confidence is in his way, he tries to bring Kur˘emon down by stealing the heirloom sword Aoe Shimosaka and laying the blame for its loss on Kuroemon's son Manjir˘ (Nakamura Senjaku). Manjir˘ goes to Ise to investigate the theft and to clear himself of losing the heirloom which at last he finds. Enticed by the henchmen of Daigaku's retainer Tokushima Iwaji, Manjir˘ pays frequent visits to the courtesan Okishi of the Furuichi pleasure quarter. Having no more money to visit her, he pawns the Shimosaka sword, the certificate for which is taken away through deception by Iwaji's faction. Fukuoka Mitsugi (Nakamura Baigyoku), a lowly acolyte in Ise who serves the Imada clan, intercepts a secret letter from Daigaku to Tokuji. He recovers the sword and comes to the Aburaya brothel to regain the certificate from Iwaji. In order to get the certificate for him, Mitsugi's lover Okon (Nakamura Baishi) pretends that she no longer loves Mitsugi and that she has fallen for Iwaji instead. Not knowing Okon's true feelings, Mitsugi believes that she has truly betrayed him and, further angered by the humiliating accusations of Manno (Nakamura Tokiz˘), the head maid of the Aburaya brothel, he inadvertently draws the sword and slays many of the people in the brothel, driven on by the mysterious power of the sword Shimosaka. Featuring also Nakamura Matagor˘ in the role of the cook Kisuke.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Misonoza (Nagoya)
    Dates 2 ~ 24 October 2021
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Tokubetsu K˘en
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Special Performances
    Program

    K˘j˘

    Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki (Akoya)

    Shakky˘

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Nakamura Utanosuke

    Comments

    No classic October kaomise programs in Nagoya this year but a special Kabuki program starring Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ and the 3 sons of Nakamura Shikan.

  • K˘j˘: the close relationship between the actors and the audience is shown by these stage announcements, lavish ceremonies to commemorate various important events. This month at the Yachiyoza, it is a stage speech done by Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘.
  • Akoya: the courtesan Akoya is the wife of the fugitive general Kagekiyo and has been captured and will be tortured until she reveals his whereabouts. But she claims not to know. The wise Shigetada (Nakamura Hashinosuke or Nakamura Fukunosuke) puts Akoya to a test, all the time hindered by his companion, the humorous villain Iwanaga (Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Fukunosuke or Nakamura Utanosuke). Shigetada forces Akoya to play several instruments since the slightest disturbance in the sound would indicate that she is lying. A showpiece for an onnagata who must actually play the koto, the bowed kokyű and the shamisen flawlessly as part of the drama. Starring Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ as Akoya.
  • Shakky˘:
    (The Stone Bridge)
    There are many plays about shishi or lion spirits in the Asian tradition, but the shishi is not actually a lion, it is a mythical animal that guards the stone bridge (Shakky˘) leading to the Buddhist paradise of Monju, the god of wisdom. Featuring Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Fukunosuke and Nakamura Utanosuke in the roles of the shishi.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates 5 ~ 27 October 2020
    Jűgatsu Hanagata Kabuki
    October Young Actors Kabuki
    Program

    GOEMON-Ishikawa Goemon

    Casting

    Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Imai Tsubasa

    Comments

    A special program at the Sh˘chikuza starring Kataoka Ainosuke.

  • GOEMON: A dance-drama first performed in 2011 presenting the mysterious life of Ishikawa Goemon (Kataoka Ainosuke) with a new perspective. It is the time after the unification of Japan by Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Nakamura Kanjaku) in the 16th century. There are several cathedrals seen in each place of Japan as a few decades have passed since Christianity has first been missioned in Japan. Ishida no Tsubone (Kamimura Kichiya), a daughter of Akechi Mitsuhideĺs chief retainer Shioden Tajima-no-Kami, hates Hideyoshi and seeks opportunity to avenge her father on him. As she learns Christianity from Father Calderon (Imai Tsubasa), she has come to forget her hatred against Hideyoshi. Love has grown between her and Calderon, and Tomoichi is born between them. Calderon resigns as a priest because he has broken the law as a priest, and chooses to live together with his wife and son. 7 years later Hideyoshi prohibits Christianity to be propagated in Japan. Calderon is banished from Japan and goes back to Spain. Hideyoshi wants to make her his own and summons her to his palace Jurakudai, since he has fancied her for years. She tries in vain to kill him and dies. Having lost his parents, Tomoichi grows up to be a robber and calls himself Ishikawa Goemon who causes a great sensation in Japan. He watches eagerly for a chance to avenge his parents on Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Goemon outwits Hideyoshi and succeeds in freeing Izumo no Okuni (Nakamura Kazutar˘) from him. She is Nagoya Sanzaĺs wife and a popular dancer in Ky˘to. It turns out that Sanza (Kamimura Kichiya) is a son of Akechi Mitsuhideĺs retainer Yasuda Sakubŕ. Goemon, Okuni and Sanza cooperate to defeat their common enemy Hideyoshi. Okuni takes great pains how she becomes the center of attention among people. Goemon teaches her flamenco the dance of his fatherĺs country as a hint for the new dance. But Goemon is being besieged from all sides. Enjoy a novel Kabuki dance which has taken in flamenco.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Kinshű Special Tour
    Dates 5 ~ 24 October 2021
    Program

    Urashima

    Yomigaeru Taih˘ Kasuga Ryűjin

    T˘ku K˘nÔ

    Casting

    Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Tsurumatsu

    Comments

    The word kinshű means "Autumn Brocade". This Autumn tour stars Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke. The third item in the program, entitled T˘ku K˘nÔ (literally 'Talk Corner') is a speech/presentation on stage about some aspects of Kabuki.

    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

    Tessenkai (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 17 October 2021
    Kotar˘ no Kai
    Kotar˘'s Association
    Program

    Goaisatsu

    Hokushű
    Suodori

    Geidan

    Shinobiai Haru no Yukidoke
    Only j˘jűri

    Kane no Misaki

    Casting

    Nakamura Kotar˘

    Comments

    The 1st edition of Kotar˘ no Kai, a gala starring Nakamura Kotar˘, in T˘ky˘ at the Tessenkai.

    Gy˘toku Cultural Hall I&I (Ichikawa)
    Dates 16 ~ 17 October 2021
    Ichikawa-shi Kabuki Ibento ~ Onnagata no Utsukushi
    Ichikawa City Kabuki Event ~ The beauty of Onnagata
    Program

    T˘kush˘
    A Kabuki talk show

    WÔkshoppu: Onnagata-ga dekiru made
    A Kabuki workshop

    Fuji Musume

    Casting

    Ichikawa Emisabur˘

    Comments

    The 1st edition of Ichikawa-shi Kabuki Ibento, 'Ichikawa City Kabuki Event', an event starring Ichikawa Emisabur˘, in Ichikawa at the Gy˘toku Cultural Hall I&I.

     
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