JANUARY 2018

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

  • Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke and Ichikawa Komaz˘ perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ and Nakamura Kazutar˘ perform at the Sh˘chikuza!
  • Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Onoe Kikunosuke and Onoe Sh˘roku perform at the National Theatre
  • ??? perform at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘!
  • The Zenshinza troupe perform at the Pontoch˘ Kaburenj˘!
  • Lots of young talented actors at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 January 2018
    Kotobuki Hatsuharu ďkabuki
    Congratulation Early Spring Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Hakone Reigen Chikai no Adauchi

    Shichi Fukujin

    Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami

  • Kurumabiki
  • Terakoya
  • Evening

    Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki (Sum˘ba)

    K˘j˘

    Kanjinch˘

    Aioi Jishi

    Mitsu Ningy˘

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Sakata T˘jűr˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Matsumoto Haku˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Takatar˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Komaz˘

    Comments

    The traditional two programs for the New Year Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza, which celebrate the first month of the 3-generation K˘raiya shűmei (K˘raiya Sandai Shűmei) of Matsumoto Haku˘ II, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ X and Ichikawa Somegor˘ VIII.

    Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 January 2018
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Hatsuharu Tokubetsu Buy˘ K˘en
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Early Spring Special Dance Performances
    Program

    K˘j˘

    Genroku Hanami Odori

    Aki no Irokusa

    Sagi Musume

    Keisei

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘

    Comments

    A special Buy˘ program at the Sh˘chikuza starring Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘.

  • K˘j˘: the close relationship between the actors and the audience is shown by these stage announcements, lavish ceremonies to commemorate various important events.
  • Genroku Hanami Odori:
    (Viewing the Cherry Blossoms in the Genroku Period)
    It is in the Genroku period (late 17th century) and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom on the hill of Ueno in Edo (present day T˘ky˘). Men and women dressed up in showy outfits gather to view cherry blossoms and begin to dance. After the song about the custom of flower viewing in Kyoto, the drunken people start a lively dance. The dance under the cherry blossoms continues endlessly. Starring Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ and Nakamura Kazutar˘.
  • Aki no Irokusa:
    (Various Flowers of Autumn)
    This work was originally composed in 1845 as Nagauta music to celebrate the completion of the retreat for the lord of the Nanbu clan in Edo, and it was performed as a dance later. The lyrics include various plants of autumn such as wild bush clover, pampas grass and patrinia scabiosaefolia in its verse and is known as an excellent piece about that season. It is autumn. Various flowers of autumn bloom and the chirping of pine crickets is heard. A lady who stands quietly listening to the chirping insects, remembers the old story that King Xiang of the ancient Zhou (Shű in Japanese) dynasty had an affair with the goddess of the Wu Mountains (Fuzan in Japanese) in a dream, and she compares it to her own love. Having thought about her lover, she realizes that the pleasure of the four seasons does not change after many years and begins to dance. Starring Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ and Nakamura Kazutar˘.
  • Sagi Musume: one of the most famous dances in Kabuki, this figure is familiar through pictures and Japanese dolls. A beautiful young woman all in white appears in the snowy landscape. She dances lightly of love, but then reveals that she is the spirit of a bird, a magnificent heron that struggles wounded through a snowstorm. Starring Nakamura Kazutar˘ in a dance that he has made famous through performances around the world.
  • Keisei: a beautiful top-rank courtesan (keisei) with her attendants makes parade along the Nakanoch˘ Boulevard of the Yoshiwara pleasure quarter in Edo. She enters a room in the brothel and expresses her pure love for her lover in a graceful manner, though complaining that he does not come how long she waits for him. Then she expresses in dance the scenic beauty in each season and the elegant atmosphere in the pleasure quarters, and her love for him grows stronger. A scene from a seven-transformation hengemono "Nijirigaki Nanatsu Iroha", this is an old-fashioned, tasteful dance. Enjoy the cultured elegance of the top-rank courtesan in the pleasure quarters acted by Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ with his new direction in the performance at Nissay Theatre in October 2011.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 27 January 2018
    Program

    Sekai no Hana Oguri Hangan

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku

    Comments

    "Sekai no Hana Oguri Hangan" is a revival and a revised version of Chikamatsu Tokuz˘ and Nagawa Tokusuke I long-forgotten drama "Hime Kurabe Futaba Ez˘ji", which was premiered more than 217 years ago, in the 10th lunar month of 1800 in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai.

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates ??? ~ ??? January 2018
    Kotobuki Shinshun ďkabuki
    Congratulation New Year Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    ???

    Evening

    ???

    Casting

    ???

    Comments

    The traditional New Year Kabuki at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘.

    Asakusa K˘kaid˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 January 2018
    Shinshun Asakusa Kabuki
    New Year Asakusa Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Otoshidama (Nenshi Goaisatsu)

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura
    (Torii Mae)

    Genroku Chűshingura
    (Ohama Goten Tsunatoyo-ky˘)

    Evening

    Otoshidama (Nenshi Goaisatsu)

    Ayatsuri Sanbas˘

    Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki (Hikimado)

    Ky˘ Ningy˘

    Casting

    Onoe Matsuya, Band˘ Minosuke, Nakamura Kash˘, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Yonekichi, Nakamura Hayato, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Kamenoj˘, Nakamura Umemaru

    Comments

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

  • Otoshidama: a special k˘j˘ for new year greetings (nenshi goaisatsu in Japanese).
  • Torii Mae:
    (In Front of the Fushimi Inari Shrine)
    This is a short scene showing the troubles of Yoshitsune after his brother Yoritomo, the Sh˘gun, turns against him. Yoshitsune (Nakamura Tanenosuke) is forced to flee from the troops sent by his brother Yoritomo. The trip will be hard and he decides he must leave behind his lover Shizuka Gozen (Nakamura Umemaru), despite her passionate pleas to remain with him. As a reminder of himself, he presents her with a precious hand drum that he had received from the emperor. Yoshitsune's retainer Tadanobu (Nakamura Hayato) rescues Shizuka from Yoritomo's troops and Yoshitsune decides to have Tadanobu protect her on the road, not knowing that this Tadanobu is actually a magical fox in disguise.
  • Ohama Goten: there are few plays more popular in Kabuki than "Chűshingura" or the Treasury of the Forty-Seven Loyal Retainers. In the modern period, this play was reworked by Mayama Seika as "Genroku Chűshingura", a play focusing on different incidents and different characters in this revenge classic adding historical details reflecting the Genroku period. One of the most popular parts of this play shows the man that will be the next Sh˘gun, seemingly detached from the vendetta, but in fact, intensely interested in the progress of the quest of the band of loyal retainers. Starring Onoe Matsuya as Lord Tsunatoyo and Band˘ Minosuke as Tominomori Sukeĺemon. With Nakamura Yonekichi as Okiyo, Band˘ Shingo as Ejima and Nakamura Kinnosuke as Tsunatoyoĺs teacher Arai Kageyű.
  • Ayatsuri Sanbas˘:
    (The Puppet Sanbas˘)
    The Sanbas˘ is part of the ritual play "Okina", a prayer for prosperity and in Kabuki the vigorous Sanbas˘ dance is often performed separately. To make the dance especially auspicious, the old man Okina and attendant Senzai appear as well. In Kabuki, the Sanbas˘ dance appears in all kinds of versions. In this particular version, the Sanbas˘ is actually a giant marionette (Nakamura Tanenosuke), dancing lightly until his antics tangle his strings, creating problems for his puppeteer (Nakamura Umemaru). Featuring also Nakamura Hayato and Nakamura Kinnosuke as Senzai and Okina.
  • Hikimado: originally written for the puppet theater, this play shows a tragedy of commoners caught between their duty and their feelings toward their loved ones. A sum˘ wrestler named Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ (Onoe Matsuya) has killed a man and takes refuge at the home of his mother. Unfortunately, her son (Nakamura Kash˘) has been ordered to arrest him. All of these complicated conflicts are symbolized by the lightness and darkness created by the humble skylight (hikimado in Japanese) as a rope is pulled to move a wooden shutter. Featuring also Nakamura Yonekichi in the role of Ohaya.
  • Ky˘ Ningy˘: this dance tells the story of the woodcarver Hidari Jingor˘, famous for the sleeping cat on the great gate of Nikk˘. He brings a statue of a beautiful courtesan to life and then there is a spectacular fight scene with a variety of carpenterĺs tools. Starring Band˘ Minosuke as Jingor˘ and Band˘ Shingo as the doll of the courtesan.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website


     
    Pontoch˘ Kaburenj˘ (Ky˘to)
    Dates ??? ~ ??? January 2018
    Zenshinza Hatsuharu Tokubetsu K˘en)
    Zenshinza Early Spring Special Performances
    Program

    ???

    Casting

    ???

    Comments

    The traditional Zenshinza New Year performances in Ky˘to. As the Minamiza is closed, it is staged at the Pontoch˘ Kaburenj˘, a venue in the famous hanamachi district of Pontoch˘.

     
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