17th edition of Nakamura Kanzabur˘'s summer program at the Kabukiza, the Hachigatsu N˘ry˘ Kabuki (literally "the August cool-breeze Kabuki"), ... without Nakamura Kanzabur˘ for the very first time!!!
Our recommendation is the third program with the spectacular drama "Nans˘ Satomi Hakkenden".
The grandson of late Band˘ Kichiya II also makes his first official stage appearance, receiving the name of Band˘ Kokichi.
Marubashi Chűya: this is a classic play by Kawatake Mokuami written
in the Meiji Period, when Kabuki could show historical events.
This is the story of Marubashi Chűya (Nakamura Hashinosuke), who plotted to overthrow the
Edo government. He approaches Edo Castle pretending to be drunk, but
has actually come to measure the depth of the moat.
Unfortunately, he is observed by Izu-no-Kami (Ichikawa Somegor˘), one of the top officials of
the shogunate. Later, Chűya has a dispute with his wife and his wife's father,
that eventually leads to the failure of his revolt.
ďmi no Okane: Okane was a famous strong woman living on the shores of Lake Biwa
and is known for stopping a runaway horse with her bare hands. This has become a Kabuki
dance that combines strength and charming femininity.
This production stars Nakamura Fukusuke as Okane.
Tanokyű: A new dance choreographed by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ based on a
folk story. Rushing to see his sick mother, the traveling performer Tanokyű (Band˘ Mitsugor˘)
encounters a giant serpent (Ichikawa Somegor˘). But this serpent enjoys watching
transformations and is happily entertained by Tanokyu's performance,
one that eventually wins him happiness and riches.
Yoshiwara Gitsune: the first production in forty-five years of a
modern play by Murakami Genz˘, who died this year at the age of ninety-six.
The play is about Izumiya Okichi (Nakamura Fukusuke), a geisha in the Yoshiwara
who is talented and brave, but when she falls in love with a man,
acts as though she is possessed by a magical fox. Also starring
Band˘ Mitsugor˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Nakamura Hashinosuke,
Kataoka Takatar˘ and Ichikawa Somegor˘.
(The Dumpling Peddlers)
the mortar and pestle used for pounding rice cakes
and dumplings are a symbol of a happily married couple. This short, lively
dance shows a couple peddling dumplings with a series of songs and dances.
Starring Nakamura Senjaku and Kataoka Takatar˘ in the roles of the husband and the wife.
Tamaya: a lively dance accompanied by Kiyomoto music.
A man goes through the streets performing with soap bubbles.
He makes all kinds of shapes with them and describes them with a series
of witty songs and dances. Starring Ichikawa Somegor˘.
Kagoya: accompanied by Tokiwazu style music, this dance shows a
palanquin bearer (Band˘ Mitsugor˘) who sleeps between assignments, but then has to fight
with a little dog who tries to steal his lunch.
(The Eight Dog Warriors)
the original novel is an immense epic by 19th century
novelist Takizawa Bakin published over many years, but eventually reaching
one-hundred and sixty volumes. The Satomi clan is being attacked and its lord
offers his daughter Princess Fuse to the warrior that will bring him the head of
the enemy. It is his loyal dog that kills and beheads the enemy and,
saying that her father must not go back on his word, Princess Fuse goes with the dog.
Nevertheless, the Satomi clan is defeated and one of its loyal retainers goes
to rescue Princess Fuse, shooting the dog, but unfortunately shooting Princess Fuse as well.
The eight crystal beads of her rosary, each engraved with the Chinese characters
of one of the Confucian virtues, goes flying through the air. Miraculously,
each will be found with a newborn baby. These eight children, all of whom have
the character inu for "dog" in their names, eventually meet and join
together to restore the Satomi clan. The play features all the stars of the
company and follows the adventures of the eight dog warriors as they
meet and gradually join together, leading to a climactic fight on the
roof of a dizzyingly high tower.
Source: Earphone Guide website