||2 ~ 27 April 2022
April Grand Kabuki
Ten'ichib˘ ďoka Seidan
Arakawa no Sakichi
Edoe Ry˘goku Hakkei
Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura
(Hototogisu Hana Aru Sato)
Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Matsumoto Haku˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Kataoka Takatar˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Karoku, Nakamura Matagor˘, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Band˘ Minosuke, Nakamura Hayato, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Nakamura Kikaku, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘, Band˘ Shűch˘, Band˘ Kamez˘, Matsumoto Kingo,
Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa En'ya, Nakamura Matsue, Ichikawa Juen, Ichikawa Seiko, Kataoka Kamez˘, Ichikawa Omez˘, Onoe Ukon, Kataoka Sennosuke, Nakamura Takanosuke, Nakamura Yonekichi, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Kash˘, ďtani Hirotar˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Arashi Kitsusabur˘, Kataoka Matsunosuke, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Nakamura Utanosuke, Nakamura Toranosuke, Ichikawa Otora, Onoe Sakon
The April Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza.
Ten'ichib˘: tales of wise magistrates are common in Asia and if China has Judge Dee,
Japan has ďoka, Lord of Echizen. Became popular as k˘dan storytelling
and have long been a staple of television. In the late 19th century, the success of these stories as k˘dan
inspired Kabuki versions, including this one, written by Kawatake Mokuami.
In remote province of Kishű, there is an old wet nurse. Her daughter fell in love with the Sh˘gun Yoshimune
and bore his child. The mother and child soon died, but the old wet nurse has a sword and document signed
by the Sh˘gun. An evil priest (Ichikawa Ennosuke) learns her secret, kills her and takes the sword and document.
He goes to Edo and poses as the son of Yoshimune under the name Ten'ichib˘.
He gathers an army of out of work samurai and collects money from supporters, all eager for advantage
when Ten'ichib˘ becomes Sh˘gun. Ten'ichib˘'s plot seems unstoppable until he meets the wise magistrate ďoka (Onoe Sh˘roku),
Lord of Echizen.
Featuring also Kataoka Ainosuke.
Arakawa no Sakichi: a modern classic by Mayama Seika,
this play set in the late Edo period combines tears and laughter as it
focuses on a gang member caught between the bitter territorial battles of the
people around him, and his fierce determination to raise his child.
Starring Ko9 and Matsumoto Haku˘ in the roles of Arakawa no Sakichi and Sagamiya Masagor˘.
Featuring also Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun and Kataoka Takatar˘.
Hototogisu Hana Aru Sato:
('A Cuckoo in a Field of Flowers')
Minamoto no Yoshitsune (Nakamura Baigyoku) and his retainers are on their way from Daimotsu Bay to Mt. Yoshino,
and rest here along the road to Yamato Province. Miyoshino (Nakamura Senjaku), a shiraby˘shi court dancer,
and Terukichi (Nakamura Matagor˘), a puppet player, pass by. Each dances in a lively manner and comforts Yoshitsune.
This is a lively dance accompanied by the Nagauta lyrical ensemble. Featuring also Nakamura Ganjir˘ as Washio Sabur˘.
Jiisan Baasan: based on a short story by Mori ďgai, this modern play
by Uno Nobuo shows a loving young couple. The samurai Iori travels to Ky˘to with
his lord, leaving Run, his beloved wife, behind. While there, he attacks another
man in a fight over a sword and is forced into house arrest, separating him from
his wife. Many years later, he returns to his home as an old man.
There he meets an elderly woman and they do not recognize each other
until she sees the one thing that has not changed with age,
Iori's peculiar habit of putting his hand to his nose.
Starring Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon and Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ as Iori and Run. Featuring also Nakamura Karoku.
Omatsuri: the gallant commoners of Edo's neighborhoods loved nothing better than a festival,
and this performance is a dance based on one of the biggest festivals in Edo. In this dance,
a geisha appears on stage with a group of young men in a display of their 'Edo-style' spirit.
The geisha, who has become a little tipsy, performs a beautiful and enticing dance,
and caught up in her performance, the young festival goers put on a brilliant display as they all dance together.
Starring Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ as the geisha.
Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website
||15 ~ 24 April 2022
Y˘shun Hanagata Kabuki
Springtime Young Actors Kabuki
Kabuki no Mikata
Onoe Kikunosuke, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Mantar˘, Nakamura Kangyoku, Kamimura Kichitar˘
A Spring Kabuki program in Nagoya at the Misonoza. The same program is staged twice a day, at 12 and at 16.
Aioi Jishi: shishi (mythical lion-like spirits) are
usually thought of as vigorous masculine creatures, but when shishi dances were first adapted for Kabuki
from the classical N˘ theatre, they were danced by actors portraying an elegant, feminine atmosphere.
This dance is one of the earliest in the genre and stars onnagata female role specialists.
Featuring Nakamura Baishi and Nakamura Kangyoku.
Yuki: Onoe Kikunosuke appears as an ďsaka courtesan named Soseki, expressing her feelings of loneliness after having been jilted by her lover and who has decided to become a nun.
This jiuta dance is performed in a restrained chamber style.
Kabuki no Mikata: literally how to view Kabuki. A lively presentation by Nakamura Mantar˘ of some aspects of the art of Kabuki.
Migawari Zazen: a dance play adopted from a classical ky˘gen farce.
A man (Onoe Kikunosuke) wants nothing more than to visit his lover Hanako,
but he has one important problem, his homely and overbearing wife (Band˘ Hikosabur˘).
He creates a scheme saying that he will be practicing Zen meditation all night
and has his servant (Nakamura Mantar˘) take his place while he visits Hanako.
He returns, giddy from a night of pleasure and
tells his story to his servant in dance, unaware that his wife has discovered
his deception and has taken his servant's place.
Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website