JANUARY 2005

7 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Asakusa K˘kaid˘, Shinbashi Enbuj˘), 2 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza) and 1 in Ky˘to (Minamiza) !

  • Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Gat˘ and Kataoka Hidetar˘ perform at the Sh˘chikuza!
  • Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Nakamura Baigyoku and Nakamura Kaishun perform at the National Theatre!
  • The Naritaya and Otowaya guilds perform at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘!
  • Nakamura Kichiemon, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Band˘ Mitsugor˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Shikan and Nakamura Fukusuke perform at the Kabukiza!
  • The Zenshinza troupe performs at the Minamiza!
  • Lots of young talented actors at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 January 2005 (Kotobuki Hatsuharu ďkabuki)
    MatinÚe

    Matsu no Kotobuki Ayatsuri Sanbas˘

    Kajiwara Heiz˘ Homare no Ishikiri
    (Ishikiri Kajiwara)

    Mekura Nagaya Ume-ga-Kagatobi

    Onna Date

    Evening

    Narukami

    Tsuchi Gumo

    Shin Sarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa
    (Sakanaya S˘gor˘)

    Casting

    Nakamura Kichiemon, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Band˘ Mitsugor˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Shikan, Ichikawa Sadanji, Nakamura Fukusuke, Ichikawa Danshir˘, Kataoka Roen, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Karoku, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘, ďtani Tomoemon, Nakamura Kotar˘

    Comments

    My top recommendation for this new year program is definitively the great play "Narukami", starring Band˘ Mitsugor˘ and Nakamura Tokiz˘ in the roles of the wicked priest Narukami and Princess Taema. The role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki ("Kajiwara Heiz˘ Homare no Ishikiri") is an atariyaku for Nakamura Kichiemon. I would bet that S˘gor˘ ("Sakanaya S˘gor˘") as portrayed by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ is the gloomiest S˘gor˘ ever seen in Japan since the premiere of this drama.

    There is a special program staged only the 27th, which commemorates the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of the Music Master Kiyomoto Shizudayű, who died in 1999 at the age of 100. This program is made up of the dances "Tama Usagi", "Sumidagawa", "Michiyuki Hatsune no Tabi" or "Karigane", starring Nakamura Jakuemon, Onoe Kikugor˘, Onoe Kikunosuke and Namino Noriaki (who's previous stage name was Nakamura Kankur˘ and future stage name will be Nakamura Kanzabur˘).

    Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 January 2005 (Kotobuki Hatsuharu ďkabuki)
    MatinÚe

    Aioi Jishi

    Tenmangű Natane no Gokű
    (Shihei no Nana Warai)

    Otoko no Hanamichi

    Evening

    Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki
    (Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari)

    Kuruwa Bunsh˘ (Yoshidaya)

    K˘suke Mochi

    Casting

    Nakamura Ganjir˘, Kataoka Gat˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Nakamura Kanjaku, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Takatar˘, Band˘ Takesabur˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Kataoka Shinnosuke

    Comments

    A Kamigata casting for this great new year program! The leading star Nakamura Ganjir˘ plays the roles of Kagaya Utaemon and Ichij˘ ďkura Naganari in "Otoko no Hanamichi" and "Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari". Others highlights are Kataoka Gat˘ in the role of Fujiwara no Shihei in "Shihei no Nana Warai" (literally "Shihei's seven laughs") and the duo Nakamura Senjaku/Kataoka Takatar˘ in the roles of Fujiya Izaemon and the courtesan Yűgiri ("Kuruwa Bunsh˘").

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 January 2005 (Kotobuki Hatsuharu ďkabuki)
    MatinÚe

    Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi (Keya-mura)

    Yakko D˘j˘ji

    Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi

    Evening

    Toribeyama Shinjű

    Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori

  • Bun'ya
  • Kisen
  • Soga Moy˘ Tateshi no Goshozome
    (Gosho no Goroz˘)

    Casting

    Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Onoe Kikugor˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Sawamura Tanosuke, Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Onoe Ukon

    Comments

    This classic new year program is also the shűmei of Onoe Ukon II, the son of the music master Kiyomoto Enjudayű VII and ... great-grandson of the star Onoe Kikugor˘ VI. Ukon was the first staged name of late Onoe Kur˘emon II. The new Ukon plays the roles of Ohisa in "Bunshichi Mottoi" and a young bonze role in "Yakko D˘j˘ji".

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 27 January 2005 (Hatsuharu ďkabuki)
    Program

    Gohiiki Kanjinch˘

  • Onna Shibaraku
  • Koi no Sekifuda
  • Imoarai Kanjinch˘
  • Casting

    Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura T˘z˘

    Comments

    Revival of Sakurada Jisuke I's 1773 kaomise drama "Gohiiki Kanjinch˘". It usually includes an "Onna Shibaraku" scene, a Kiyomoto-based dance and a bombastic and funny parody of "Kanjinch˘". The originality of this new revival is the replacement of the usual "Shibaraku" by ... "Onna Shibaraku".

    Asakusa K˘kaid˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 January 2005 (Hatsuharu Hanagata Kabuki)
    Program

    Soga Moy˘ Tateshi no Goshozome
    (Gosho no Goroz˘)

    Shunky˘ Kagami Jishi

    Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai (Fűin Giri)

    Casting

    Kataoka Ainosuke, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Kamejir˘, Ichikawa Omez˘, Nakamura Shid˘, Nakamura Kikaku, Nakamura Shichinosuke

    Comments

    The yearly show for young promising actors at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ in the heart of Asakusa, a lively and colorful neighboorhood that keeps the scent of old Edo.

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 3 ~ 23 January 2005 (Zenshinza K˘en)
    Program

    Tsuyu Kosode Mukashi Hachij˘ (Kamiyui Shinza)

    Casting

    Nakamura Umenosuke, Kawarasaki Kunitar˘, Arashi Keishi, Nakamura Baijaku, Segawa Kikunoj˘, Nakamura Seinosuke, Yamazaki Ryűnosuke, Yamazaki Tatsusabur˘, Yamazaki Ky˘ka, Anegawa Shinnosuke

    Comments

    The roles of Kamiyui Shinza, Ch˘bŕ, Chűshichi, Genshichi and Okuma are played by Nakamura Baijaku, Nakamura Umenosuke, Segawa Kikunoj˘, Arashi Keishi and Kawarasaki Kunitar˘. This version is longer than usual (4 acts/nine scenes instead of 3 acts/six scenes) and included some rarely performed scenes with ďoka Echizen-no-Kami Tadasuke (played by Nakamura Baijaku)

     
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