|HANE NO KAMURO
|Haru-ha Mukashi Yukari no Hanabusa
|Hane no Kamuro
|Segawa Jok˘ I, Takarada Jurai (lyrics)
Kineya Sh˘jir˘ I (music)
Nishikawa Senz˘ II (choreography)
A 5-role Nagauta-based hengemono entitled "Haru-ha Mukashi Yukari no Hanabusa" was premiered in the 2nd lunar month of 1785 at the Kiriza within the nibanme program of the new year sogamono drama "Yae Hitoe Kotonoha Soga" which started in the 1st lunar month of 1785. The 5 roles were performed by Segawa Kikunoj˘ III : a Chinese woman, a female Sukeroku, Agemaki, a kamuro with a hane and a shirozake-seller. This hengemono was staged to commemorate the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the passing away of Segawa Kikunoj˘ II. The kamuro part has survived and became an independent dance which is now still in the current Kabuki repertoire. It was popularized by the star Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.
A kamuro is a little girl attending on a high-ranking courtesan (keisei) in the pleasure quarter of Yoshiwara. It is New Year in Yoshiwara and the stage set shows the lattices of one of the larger ageya. At the entrance stand two traditional kadomatsu, the traditional New Year's pine and bamboo decoration. To make the actor appear smaller, the set is built larger than life size. The kamuro clatters in on her geta and bows to the audience. The dance then proceeds in a number of sections that conclude with her playing with a battledore and shuttlecock (hane), a traditional game at the New Year. At the end, the kamuro loses the shuttlecock.
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