APRIL 2005

3 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, Shinbashi Enbuj˘), 1 in Nagoya (Misonoza), 4 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza, National Bunraku Theatre), 2 in Ky˘to (Minamiza, Daigoji), and 2 on Shikoku island (Kanamaruza)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates 1 ~ 25 April 2005 (Shigatsu ďkabuki)
MatinÚe

Hirakana Seisuiki (Genta Kand˘)

Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji

Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi (Kirare Yosa)

  • Misome
  • Genjidana
  • Evening

    Kenuki

    K˘j˘

    Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame

    Casting

    Nakamura Kanzabur˘, Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Nakamura Kaishun, Ichikawa Danz˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danshir˘, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Kataoka Roen, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Ichikawa Unosuke, Ichimura Kakitsu, Nakamura Kantar˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Band˘ Kametoshi, Nakamura Genzaemon

    Comments

    This program celebrates the second month of Nakamura Kanzabur˘'s shűmei at the Kabukiza, who plays the roles of the shiraby˘shi Hanako, Kingor˘ and Sano Jir˘zaemon in "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji", "Kirare Yosa" and "Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame".

    Misonoza (Nagoya)
    Dates 2 ~ 25 April 2005 (Y˘shun ďkabuki)
    Program

    Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki (Hikimado)

    D˘gen no Tsuki

    Omatsuri

    Casting

    Band˘ Mitsugor˘, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Ichikawa Omez˘, Band˘ Shűch˘, Nakamura T˘z˘, Matsumoto Kingo, Kataoka Kamez˘, Band˘ Kamesabur˘, Onoe Matsuya

    Comments

    Band˘ Mitsugor˘ performs for the third time the role of the Zen priest D˘gen (1200-1253) in the new drama "D˘gen no Tsuki" (literally "D˘gen's moon"), which was written by Tatematsu Wahei to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the death of this great Zen master and was staged for the first time at the Kabukiza in March 2002.

    Kanamaruza (Konpira)
    Dates 2 ~ 17 April 2005 (Shikoku Konpira Kabuki ďshibai)
    MatinÚe

    Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi

  • Sugisaka Hakasho

  • Keya-mura Rokusuke Sumika

  • Migawari Zazen

    Evening

    Konpira no Danmari

    Musume Kagekiyo Yashima Nikki

    Tsuri Onna

    Casting

    Nakamura Kichiemon, Nakamura Shibajaku, Nakamura Shinjir˘, Nakamura Kash˘, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Nakamura Hayato

    Comments

    21st edition of the Spring Kabuki performance Konpira Kabuki ďshibai at the Kanamaruza on Shikoku island.

    Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates 18 ~ 25 April 2005 (Naniwa Hanagata Kabuki)
    MatinÚe

    Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami

  • Kurumabiki
  • Terakoya
  • Afternoon

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura

  • Michiyuki Hatsune no Tabi
  • Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata
  • Evening

    Kanadehon Chűshingura

  • Tepp˘ Watashi, Futatsudama
  • Kanpei Harakiri
  • Casting

    Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Kanjaku, Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Takesabur˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Kikaku, Kataoka Shinnosuke

    Comments

    Second edition of the Naniwa Hanagata Kabuki April program, staged by a troupe of Kamigata Kabuki actors under the direction of the Living National Treasure Nakamura Ganjir˘. They focus on a selection of famous scenes from the kabuki sandai meisaku ky˘gen. This program also celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Takesabur˘'s disciple Band˘ Shinsha IV (ex-Takeshir˘), who plays the role of Sugi˘maru in the drama "Kurumabiki".

    Daigoji Temple (Ky˘to)
    Dates 27 ~ 29 April 2005 (Daigoji Takigi Kabuki)
    Program

    Yukari no Haru Daigo no Sakura

    K˘j˘

    Kanjinch˘

    Casting

    Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Ichikawa Ebiz˘

    Comments

    Original outdoors Kabuki performance, in the precincts of the famous Daigoji temple which is located on mount Atago. This performance mixes religious ceremonies and Kabuki dances. The first item in the program is a newly-created dance.

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 1 ~ 24 April 2005
    Program Yamato Takeru
    Casting

    Ichikawa Ukon, Ichikawa Danjir˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Nakamura Karoku, Ichikawa Kamejir˘, Ichikawa Shun'en, Ichikawa En'ya, Ichikawa Juen

    Comments

    Ichikawa Ennosuke's troupe of young and talented actors perform a modern style of theater, which they created a few years ago and called "Super Kabuki" (SűpÔ Kabuki in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's lingo): it's spectacular (lots of chűnori), the costums are gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated, the music is modern, the texts are easy to understand and the plots are as twisted as a good Kabuki classic. Usually a big commercial success! "Yamato Takeru" was the first SűpÔ Kabuki drama of the Omodakaya guild. For this revival, the leading role of Yamato Takeru is played by both Ichikawa Danjir˘ and Ichikawa Ukon.

    Ichikawa Ennosuke is on sick leave and does not perform in this production.

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 19 ~ 25 April 2005 (Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitsu)
    Program

    Minamiza to Kabuki

    Date Musume Koi no Higanoko (Yagura no Oshichi)

    Casting Kamimura Kichiya
    Comments

    13th edition of a pedagogical show in Ky˘to combining explanation for beginners (done by the professional storyteller Katsura Kujaku) and a dance-drama (performed by Kamimura Kichiya).

    National Bunraku Theatre (ďsaka)
    Dates 9 ~ 10 April 2005 (Taketokai)
    Program

    Ikiteiru Koheiji

    ďmi no Okane

    Ayame Yukata

    Suisen Tanzen

    Casting

    Band˘ Takesabur˘, Band˘ Takeshir˘, Band˘ Takeyuki, Band˘ Takeaki

    Comments

    2nd edition of a special program produced by the Tatetokai, an association which patronizes Band˘ Takesabur˘ and his three disciples. The first item in this program is a modern drama written by the playwright Suzuki Senzabur˘. The others are dances.

     
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