OCTOBER 2021

4 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre), 1 in Nagoya (Misonoza), 1 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza) 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 !
  • ??? 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.

    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.

    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.

    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

     
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