SEPTEMBER 2021

3 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza), 2 in ďsaka (National Bunraku Theatre, ďtsuki N˘ Theatre) and 2 in Ky˘to (Minamiza, Shunjűza)!

  • Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku and Nakamura Kotar˘ perform at the Kabukiza !
  • Nakamura Shid˘ and Hatsune Miku perform perform at the Minamiza!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 27 September 2021
    Kugatsu ďkabuki
    September Grand Kabuki
    1st program

    Oedo Miyage

    Imay˘ Suma no Utsushie

    2nd program

    ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata
    (Moritsuna Jin'ya)

    Onna Date

    3rd program

    T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan
    Act II | Act III

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Kotar˘, Nakamura Matsue, Ichimura Manjir˘, Nakamura Hayato, Nakamura Kangyoku, Kataoka Sennosuke, Nakamura Yonekichi, Nakamura Kash˘, ďtani Hirotar˘, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Mantar˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Nakamura Utanosuke, Nakamura Tamatar˘, Band˘ Kamesabur˘, Onoe Ushinosuke, Nakamura Kamenoj˘, Nakamura Baika

    Comments

    The usual September Grand Kabuki programs at the Kabukiza. The 1st program is staged to commemorate the 20th and 10th anniversaries of the passing away of Nakamura Utaemon VI and Nakamura Shikan VII.

  • Oedo Miyage:
    (A Souvenir of Edo)
    This modern play is a light comedy with a fanciful episode from the life of commoners in the Edo period. Two women, Otsuji (Nakamura Shikan) and Oyű (Nakamura Kankur˘), who travel annually to Edo to sell the cloth that they weave encounter a young couple. Moved by the spirit of romance, Otsuji spends all the money that she has made for a once in a lifetime meeting with a fabulously handsome Kabuki actor (Nakamura Shichinosuke). Featuring also Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘ and Nakamura Fukusuke.
  • Suma no Utsushie: ???
  • Moritsuna Jin'ya: this play is one of the greatest classics of the jidaimono historical play style. Two brothers, Sasaki Moritsuna and Sasaki Takatsuna are generals on opposing sides. Moritsuna's forces are greater in number and strength, but his brother's brilliant strategies allow him to escape by preying on Moritsuna's psychological weaknesses. Ruthlessly, Takatsuna has his son sacrifice his life to force Moritsuna to identify the head of an imposter as that of his dead brother. Starring Matsumoto K˘shir˘ as Moritsuna, with Nakamura Jakuemon as Kagaribi (the wife of Takatsuna), Nakamura Yonekichi as Hayase (the wife of Moritsuna), Nakamura Matagor˘ as H˘j˘ Tokimasa, Nakamura Kinnosuke as the crafty general Wada no Hy˘e and Nakamura Karoku as Mimy˘ (the mother of the Sasaki brothers).
  • Onna Date: Nakamura Tokiz˘ stars as a woman in the pleasure quarters who swaggers and fights in the finest gallant style but who has a delicate sense of femininity as well.
  • Yotsuya Kaidan: Tamiya Iemon, a villainous masterless samurai (Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon) is in love with Oiwa (Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘) and even kills her father Yotsuya Samon to be united with her, cynically promising to help her to avenge her father's death. But at the same time, the granddaughter of a wealthy doctor falls in love with him and her grandfather tries to ensure the match by sending a horrible disfiguring poison to Oiwa. In the most famous scene of the play, face destroyed, hair falling out, Oiwa carefully dresses and puts on make-up to pay a proper visit to those who have wronged her. Iemon kills Oiwa and his servant Kobotoke Kohei (Nakamura Hashinosuke), has their bodies nailed to a door and thrown into the river. Iemon is happily married into the wealthy family, but no sooner does the beautiful young bride arrive than Oiwa's ghost causes Iemon to kill her. The vengeful ghosts do not rest until all of their enemies are dead and, in another famous scene, Oiwa and Kohei appear floating on the river, calling out to Iemon. The concluding scene shows the ghost of Oiwa appearing mysteriously from inside a paper lantern and pulling her enemies into the wall and disappearing magically. Featuring Nakamura Hashinosuke and Onoe Sh˘roku in the roles of Sat˘ Yomoshichi and Naosuke Gonbŕ.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 3 ~ 26 September 2021
    Kugatsu Minamiza Ch˘kabuki
    September Minamiza Ultra-Kabuki
    Main program

    Ch˘kabuki no Miryoku

    Miyako-zome Kabuki no Irodori

    Otogi Z˘shi Koi no Sugatae

    Limited program

    Otogi Z˘shi Koi no Sugatae

    Casting

    Nakamura Shid˘, Hatsune Miku

    Comments

    A special Ch˘kabuki program in Ky˘to at the Minamiza. The world of Kabuki and the world of otaku collide for the 9th time in Kabuki history (for the first time in a major Kabuki theater) and for the 2nd times in Ky˘to at the Minamiza! Resulting from this spectacular collision, a new genre, the Ch˘kabuki (literally Ultra-Kabuki), which combines Kabuki with advanced ICT technology, was born in 2016 [more details]. Nakamura Shid˘ shares the stage with the virtual 3D creature Hatsune Miku. The main program will is staged either once (morning) or twice (morning/afternoon). The limited edition is staged the 5th, 7th, 10th, 14th, 17th, and 24th of September in the afternoon.

    Shunjűza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 2 ~ 5 September 2021
    Shunjűza Tokubetsu Buy˘ K˘en
    Shunjűza Special Dance Performances
    Program

    Goaisatsu

    Shunjű Sanbas˘

    Renjishi

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Takanosuke, Ko1, Ichikawa Emino, Ichikawa Kien, Ichikawa Enshi, Ichikawa Enshir˘

    Comments

    A special Buy˘ program starring Ichikawa Ennosuke. This program celebrates the 30th and 20th anniversaries of the opening of the Ky˘to University of the Arts (1991) and the Ky˘to Art Theater (2001). Initially, it was Ky˘to University of Art and Design but it was renamed Ky˘to University of the Arts the 1st of April 2020.

  • Goaisatsu: a k˘j˘ on stage made by Ichikawa Ennosuke.
  • Shunjű Sanbas˘: the sanbas˘ is an auspicious dance based on the ritual play "Okina" in the classical theater which shows an old man (okina) as a symbol of longevity and the energetic sanbas˘ as a symbol of fertility and prosperity. This special version with 5 sanbas˘ was premiered in May 2021 to celebrate the opening (kokera otoshi) of the Ky˘to Art Theater.
  • 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 Ichikawa Ennosuke in the role of the parent shishi and Nakamura Takanosuke in the role of the cub.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    National Bunraku Theatre (ďsaka)
    Dates 3 ~ 5 September 2021
    Kamigata Hanabutai
    Program

    Kiku

    Fuji Musume

    Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori

  • Henj˘
  • Bun'ya
  • Narihira
  • Kisen
  • Kuronushi
  • Casting

    Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Nakamura Baishi

    Comments

    21st edition of the Kamigata Hanabutai (the Kamigata Association), a gala program sponsored by the Kamigata Culture and Entertainment Association since 1984. This association has continuously been hosting a performance called "Kamigata Hanabutai" at the National Bunraku Theatre. This performance showcases various Kamigata geisha entertainment forms, not normally presented outside the tea houses.

  • Kiku: this Nagauta-based dance symbolizes a woman's life through the spirit of chrysanthemum (kiku). It starts first as a kamuro, second as a machi musume, then as a goshuden and finally a mura musume. From girl to adult woman through musume. After the autumn festival and the strong storms, the white chrysanthemum does not wither, just like the life of a woman. Featuring Nakamura Kazutar˘ and Nakamura Baishi in the roles of the spirits of chrysanthemum.
  • Fuji Musume: the spirit of wisteria blossoms dances of love in the form of a beautiful young maiden. One of Kabuki's most famous and colorful dances, it will feature the dancing skills of Onoe Kikunosuke.
  • Rokkasen: a rare full-length performance of a humorous series of dances, which show the ancient poetic geniuses famous from classical Japanese literature, reinterpreted to the tastes of Edo period audiences. Ono no Komachi, the only woman of the six, was famous as a great beauty and in this dance, all the other poets are in love with her. The first dances are filled with the atmosphere of the Heian period imperial court, but then changes to a contemporary scene. Starring Onoe Kikunosuke in the five male roles (Henj˘, Bun'ya, Narihira, Kisen and Kuronushi) and Nakamura Baishi in the roles of Ono no Komachi and Okaji.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    ďtsuki N˘ Theatre (ďsaka)
    Dates 23 September 2021
    Miyoshiya Ichimonkai
    The Gala of the Miyoshiya Guild
    Program

    Goaisatsu

    Fuji Musume

    Tomo Yakko

    Koe

    Genroku Hanami Odori

    Casting

    Kamimura Kichiya, Kamimura Kichitar˘, Kamimura Orinosuke

    Comments

    The 2nd edition of the gala of the Miyoshiya Guild, led by Kamimura Kichiya. The first item in the program, "Goaisatsu" (literally "Greetings"), is a stage speech. The ďtsuki N˘ Theatre is located near ďsaka Castle. It was established in 1935 and it is one of the few theaters in Kansai which has survived WWII.

     
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