JUNE 2024

2 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, Sunpearl Arakawa), 2 in Fukuoka (Hakataza), 1 in Nagoya (Misonoza), 1 in Ky˘to (Minamiza), 1 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza), 1 in Yokohama (Kanagawa Prefectural Youth Center Momijizaka Hall), 1 in Shizuoka (Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center Granship) and 2 tours (Eastern Provinces, Sh˘chiku Special Kabuki Tour)!

  • ??? perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Onoe Matsuya and Onoe Ukon perform at the Hakataza!
  • Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘ performs at the Misonoza and at the Minamiza!
  • Nakamura Ganjir˘ and Ichikawa Komaz˘ perform at the Sunpearl Arakawa, Kanagawa Prefectural Youth Center Momijizaka Hall and Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center Granship!
  • Ichikawa Chűsha, Ichikawa Danko, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘ and the Omodakaya guild perform at the Sh˘chikuza!
  • ??? are tour in the Eastern Provinces!
  • Nakamura Shid˘ is on tour!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 1 ~ 24 June 2024
    Rokugatsu ďkabuki
    June Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    ???

    Imoseyama Onna Teikin
    (Mikasayama Goten)

    ???

    Evening

    ???

    Yamanba

    ???

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

    ???

    Casting

    ???, Nakamura Manju, Nakamura Shid˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Mantar˘, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Haruki, Nakamura Natsuki

    Comments

    The 2 programs for the June Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza with important events for the Yorozuya guild:

  • Shűmei: Nakamura Tokiz˘ V and his son Nakamura Baishi IV take the names of Nakamura Manju and Nakamura Tokiz˘ VI. The new Tokiz˘ plays the role of Omiwa in "Mikasayama Goten". The new Manju plays the role of Yamanba in the eponymous dance-drama. Interesting to note that the name Manju, in which the ideogram for man is the same as yorozu in Nakamura Tokiz˘'s yag˘ Yorozuya, was not an old haimy˘ used by ancestors of Nakamura Tokiz˘. It was created by the actor and there is a hint at the Manju Era, which started the 19th of August 1024, almost 1000 years ago.
  • Hatsubutai: Nakamura Tokiz˘'s grandson and Nakamura Baishi's son Ogawa Hiroharu (born the 28th of October 2015) makes his hatsubutai and receive the name of Nakamura Baishi V. He performs with his grandfather in "Yamanba". Nakamura Shid˘'s sons Ogawa Haruki (born the 18th of December 2017) and Ogawa Natsuki (born the 27th of June 2020) also make their hatsubutai and receive the names of Nakamura Haruki and Nakamura Natsuki. They play the roles of decchi in "Sakanaya S˘gor˘" (the role of S˘gor˘ is played by their father Nakamura Shid˘).
  • Hakataza (Fukuoka)
    Dates 2 ~ 17 June 2024
    Rokugatsu Hakataza ďkabuki
    June Hakataza Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Shuzenji Monogatari

    Migawari Zazen

    Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai (Ninokuchi-mura)

    Evening

    T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Nakamura Senjaku, Onoe Matsuya, Onoe Ukon, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Takanosuke, Nakamura Kangyoku, Nakamura Toranosuke, Nakamura Tamatar˘

    Comments

    The traditional two programs for the June Grand Kabuki at the Hakataza.

    Misonoza (Nagoya)
    Dates 1 ~ 9 June 2024
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Tokubetsu K˘en
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Special Performances
    Program

    Kaidan Botan D˘r˘

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Kataoka Ainosuke

    Comments

    A special program starring the amazing Living National Treasure onnagata Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in Nagoya at the Misonoza.

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 12 ~ 26 June 2024
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Tokubetsu K˘en
    Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Special Performances
    Program

    K˘j˘

    Akoya Kaisetsu

    Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki (Akoya)

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Nakamura Kichinoj˘

    Comments

    A special program starring the amazing Living National Treasure onnagata Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in Ky˘to at the Minamiza.

    Sunpearl Arakawa (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 1 ~ 21 June 2024
    Rokugatsu Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitsu
    June Kabuki Appreciation Class
    Program

    Kabuki no Mikata

    Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai (Fűin Giri)

    Casting

    Nakamura Ganjir˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘

    Comments

    Educational program at the Sunpearl Arakawa, instead of the at the National Theatre (rebuilding ongoing), called Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitu ("Kabuki Appreciation Class"). This is the 105th edition and a very interesting formula for the beginners because there is lively presentation on stage (Kabuki no Mikata) of Kabuki or some aspects of the art like music, stage tricks or fighting scenes. It is followed by "Fűin Giri".

    Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates 6 ~ 23 June 2024
    Program

    Yamato Takeru

    Casting

    Ichikawa Chűsha, Ichikawa Danko, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘, Ichikawa En'ya, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Juen, Ichikawa Seiko, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Nakamura Utanosuke, Arashi Kitsusabur˘, Kashima Noritoshi

    Comments

    Revival of the famous SűpÔ Kabuki drama "Yamato Takeru", a classic of the Omodakaya guild, in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza. In the absence of Ichikawa Ennosuke, the eponymous role of Yamato Takeru is played by Ichikawa Ennosuke III's grandson Ichikawa Danko.

  • Yamato Takeru: One of twin brothers, Prince Ousu (Ichikawa Danko), attempts to admonish his brother, Prince ďusu (Ichikawa Danko), who is plotting rebellion. However, in his attempt to restrain his brother, Prince Ousu accidentally takes his life. Unaware of the circumstances, their father, the Emperor (Ichikawa Chűsha), becomes enraged and orders Prince Ousu to embark on a campaign to subdue the Kumaso people who refuse to submit to Yamato. The wife of Prince ďusu, Princess Etachibana (Nakamura Kazutar˘), pursues Prince Ousu as her husband's avenger. However, as she discovers Osuĺs pure and gentle heart, she begins to admire him and eventually develops feelings for him, despite their initial adversarial relationship. Having arrived in Kumaso, Prince Osu successfully defeats the Takeru brothers, the leaders of the Kumaso, and in recognition of his bravery, he is bestowed with the name "Yamato Takeru" by the Kumaso Takeru. Joyfully returning to Yamato, Takeru finds that the Emperor still has not forgiven him, and he is now tasked with a campaign to subdue the Ezo people. Accompanied by the Great Lord Takehiko (Nakamura Fukunosuke), the journey is fraught with difficulties. Takeru is commanded to defeat the mountain deity on Mount Ibuki. This his final expedition. Takeru is attacked by a giant white boar (the manifestation of the mountain deity). He kills the boar but is cursed by a female demon and falls ill. On his return trip, Takeru dies while lamenting his long separation from and his longing for his wife Princess Ototachibana (Nakamura Kazutar˘).
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Kabuki Tour in the Eastern Provinces
    Dates 30 June ~ ?? July 2024
    Sh˘chiku ďkabuki Higashi K˘su
    Sh˘chiku Grand Kabuki Eastern Course
    Program

    ???

    Casting

    ???

    Comments

    The Grand Kabuki Tour in the Eastern Provinces.

    Sh˘chiku Special Kabuki Tour
    Dates 30 June ~ 31 July 2024
    Sh˘chiku Tokubetsu Kabuki
    Sh˘chiku Special Kabuki
    Program

    Nakamura Shid˘ no HOW TO Kabuki

    Sayaate

    Tomo Yakko

    Hashi Benkei

    Casting

    Nakamura Shid˘, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Sawamura Kuniya, Nakamura Ch˘ichi, Nakamura Ch˘shi, Nakamura Haruki

    Comments

    A Sh˘chiku Special Kabuki Summer Tour led by Nakamura Shid˘.

  • HOW TO Kabuki: a talk on stage about Kabuki by Nakamura Shid˘.
  • Sayaate: This famous act is set in the main avenue of the Yoshiwara Pleasure Quarters where cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Two men appear: Fuwa Banzaemon (Nakamura Ch˘shi) in a haori coat patterned with a design of lightning bolts, and Nagoya Sanza (Sawamura Kuniya), dressed in a short-sleeved kimono and a haori coat with a pattern of swallows in the rain. After their scabbards brush against each other as they pass, they begin arguing and draw their swords, but the proprietress of a teahouse (Nakamura Ch˘shi) mediates between them.
  • Tomo Yakko: a samurai footman rushes after his master in the pleasure quarters, but loses sight of him. He dances with pride in his master and enjoys his dance so much that he begins emphasizing it with vigorous foot stamping. Starring Nakamura Tanenosuke in the role of the yakko.
  • Hashi Benkei:
    (Benkei on the Bridge)
    There are many legends about Benkei, the warrior-priest who was the faithful companion of the general Yoshitsune. This dance shows the first meeting of Benkei and Yoshitsune. Benkei goes nightly to the bridge at the Fifth Avenue of Ky˘to, defeating men night after night and taking their swords. Finally he encounters a delicate young man that he thinks will be an easy opponent, but is defeated himself instead. This young man was Yoshitsune, under his childhood name of Ushiwakamaru. Benkei is so impressed that he becomes Yoshitsuneĺs retainer, right there and then. Starring Nakamura Shid˘ as Benkei and his son Nakamura Haruki as Ushiwakamaru.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Kanagawa Prefectural Youth Center Momijizaka Hall (Yokohama)
    Dates 23 ~ 24 June 2024
    Rokugatsu Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitsu
    June Kabuki Appreciation Class
    Program

    Kabuki no Mikata

    Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai (Fűin Giri)

    Casting

    Nakamura Ganjir˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘

    Comments

    Educational program in Yokohama at the Kanagawa Prefectural Youth Center Momijizaka Hall, instead of the at the National Theatre (rebuilding ongoing), called Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitu ("Kabuki Appreciation Class"). This is the 105th edition and a very interesting formula for the beginners because there is lively presentation on stage (Kabuki no Mikata) of Kabuki or some aspects of the art like music, stage tricks or fighting scenes. It is followed by "Fűin Giri".

    Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center Granship (Shizuoka)
    Dates 26 June 2024
    Rokugatsu Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitsu
    June Kabuki Appreciation Class
    Program

    Kabuki no Mikata

    Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai (Fűin Giri)

    Casting

    Nakamura Ganjir˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘

    Comments

    Educational program in Shizuoka at the Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center Granship, instead of the at the National Theatre (rebuilding ongoing), called Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitu ("Kabuki Appreciation Class"). This is the 105th edition and a very interesting formula for the beginners because there is lively presentation on stage (Kabuki no Mikata) of Kabuki or some aspects of the art like music, stage tricks or fighting scenes. It is followed by "Fűin Giri".

     
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