AUGUST 2020
Postponement or cancellation of several Kabuki performances in August 2020 due to coronavirus (COVID-19)!!!

6 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre), 2 in Ky˘to (Minamiza) and 2 in ďsaka (National Bunraku Theatre, Kintetsu Art Kan)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates 1 ~ 26 August 2020
Hachigatsu Hanagata Kabuki
August Young Actors Kabuki
1st program

Renjishi

2nd program

B˘ Shibari

3rd program

Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Yoshinoyama)

4th program

Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi (Genjidana)

Casting

Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Ichikawa Chűsha, Band˘ Minosuke, Nakamura Kotar˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Ichikawa En'ya, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Utanosuke

Comments

Not the usual summer program at the Kabukiza, which used to be entitled Hachigatsu N˘ry˘ Kabuki (literally "the August cool-breeze Kabuki"). The first Kabuki performances at the Kabukiza since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Renjishi: 2 entertainers dance a tale of the legendary shishi or lion-like spirits that live at the foot of a holy Buddhist mountain. There is a comic interlude with 2 Buddhist pilgrims. Then, the shishi themselves appear and perform their dance with wild shaking of their long manes. The dance shows a parent shishi forcing his cub to undergo harsh training in order to grow up strong. This theme is often associated with the training a parent actor gives his son. This performance features Ai6 in the role of the parent shishi and Kazu1 in the role of the cub. Featuring also Hashi4 and Ut4.
  • B˘ Shibari:
    (Tied to a Pole)
    A dance play based on a classical Ky˘gen farce. A master (Sen3) is irritated that his two servants always drink his wine while he is out. He plots with his servant Tar˘kaja (Mi2) to trick the other servant Jir˘kaja (Kan6) into demonstrating his skill at stick fighting, tying him to the stick. The master then ties up Tar˘kaja as well. But he is outsmarted when the two still manage to drink his wine while tied up. Their happy singing and dancing while tied up is a dazzling display of virtuoso dancing and star two of the finest young dancers in Kabuki.
  • Yoshinoyama: a dance travel scene from the epic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". Now in exile and disgrace, Yoshitsune has left his lover Shizuka in the safekeeping of his trusted retainer Tadanobu. But she is unaware that this Tadanobu is actually a magical fox who has disguised himself to be near the treasured drum that Shizuka carries, a drum made from the skins of his fox parents. Starring En4 as Tadanobu, with Shichi2 as Shizuka. Featuring also En2 as Hayami no T˘ta.
  • Genjidana: Yosabur˘ (Ko10) fell in love with Otomi (Ko6) the moment he first saw her on the beach. Otomi was the mistress of a powerful gangster and, when their relationship was discovered, Yosabur˘ was cut from head to toe and the two were dumped into the sea. Otomi lived and was taken in by a rich merchant (Chu9). Yosabur˘, who is now covered with scars, turns into a petty thief and extortionist but one day, finds that the woman he is about to blackmail is none other than Otomi, alive and well. Featuring also Ya1 and Kame4.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 1 ~ 26 August 2020 [CANCELLED]
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Eiz˘ x Buy˘ Minamiza Tokubetsu K˘en
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Image and Dance Special Performances at the Minamiza
    Program A

    K˘j˘

    Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji

    Program B

    K˘j˘

    Sagi Musume

    Y˘kihi

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘

    Comments

    A special Buy˘ program starring the amazing Living National Treasure onnagata Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in Ky˘to at the Minamiza. There is a mix of video projection (with video sequences coming from the high-quality Shinema Kabuki, "Cinema Kabuki") and real dancing on stage. Program A is staged from the 1st to the 13th of August. Program B is staged from the 15th to the 26th of August.

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 22 ~ 23 August 2020
    Ne no Kai
    Program

    Gekizaru

    Shakky˘

    Shinpan Utazaimon (Nozaki-mura)

    Comments

    22nd edition of the summer program of the association Ne no Kai (the Sound Association). The first two items in this program are only music performances. The last one, "Nozaki-mura", is performed by young supporting actors.

    Dates 15 ~ 19 August 2020
    Chigyokai/Kabukikai
    Program

    Shuzenji Monogatari

    Chatsubo

    Keisei Hangonk˘ (Domo Mata)

    Comments

    26th edition of the common program for 2 associations, the Chigyokai (the Young Fishes Association) and the Kabukikai (the Kabuki Association), which stars stars' disciples in the leading roles of all the items in the program.

    Kintetsu Art Kan (ďsaka)
    Dates 20 ~ 23 August 2020
    Sora no Kai
    Program

    Ukiyo Banashi Hitoyo no Adauchi

    Casting

    Kataoka Matsujűr˘, Kataoka Senjir˘, Kataoka Senju

    Comments

    The 6th gala of the Sora no Kai, in ďsaka at the Kintetsu Art Kan, which stars mostly disciples of the Matsushimaya guild. Sora no Kai literally means "Sky Association". These performances are entitled Abeno Kabuki (Abeno is the name of a famous district in ďsaka).

    National Bunraku Theatre (ďsaka)
    Dates 7 ~ 8 August 2020 [CANCELLED]
    Kamigata Kabukikai
    Program

    Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai

  • Fűin Giri
  • Ninokuchi-mura
  • Tsuri Onna

    Comments

    30th edition of the Kamigata Kabukikai (the Kamigata Kabuki Association), a summer program in ďsaka which stars Kamigata Kabuki stars' disciples in the leading roles.

     
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