Dance title Su˘ Otoshi  In Japanese
Authors Fukuchi ďchi (lyrics)
Kineya Sh˘jir˘ III/Tsurusawa Yasutar˘ (music)
Fujima Kan'emon II (choreography)

The dance-drama "Su˘ Otoshi" was premiered in October 1892 at the Kabukiza. It was a ky˘gen (comical farce in the theater) adapted for Kabuki by Fukuchi ďchi with a Nagauta/Gidayű musical accompaniment written by Kineya Sh˘jir˘ III (Nagauta) and Tsurusawa Yasutar˘ (Gidayű). The premiere starred Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and Nakamura Fukusuke IV in the roles of Tar˘kaja and the Princess.

Key words Matsubamemono
Shin Kabuki Jűhachiban

"Su˘ Otoshi" is a lively and amusing comic ky˘gen dance about a servant, Tar˘kaja, who visits a relative in place of his master. There he meets a princess, who plies him with drink and he in turn entertains her with a dance about a battle, while he steadily becomes more and more inebriated. Finally, she gives him a coat as a gift, but fearing his stingy master will make him part with it, he tries to hide it. However, he drops it and the master and another servant tease him over it.

Courtesy of Jean Wilson (1999)

The actors Onoe Eizabur˘ VI, Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, Ichikawa Komaz˘ VIII and Ichikawa Metora II playing the roles of the sword-holding child, the Lord, Tar˘kaja and the Princess in the dance-drama "Su˘ Otoshi", which was staged in May 1903 at the Kabukiza (print made by K˘ch˘r˘ H˘sai)

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