MAY 2001

5 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Shinbashi Enbuj˘, NHK Hall), 2 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza), 1 in Yamaga (Yachiyoza) and 1 tour (Chikamatsuza)!

  • The Naritaya (Ichikawa Danjűr˘ and his son Shinnosuke) and Otowaya guilds (Onoe Kikugor˘, his son Kikunosuke and Onoe Tatsunosuke) perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Band˘ Tamasabur˘ and Nakamura Ganjir˘ tour together with the Chikamatsuza!
  • Ichikawa Somegor˘ and Nakamura Baigyoku perform at the Sh˘chikuza!
  • The Zenshinza Troupe performs at the National Theatre!
  • Ichikawa Ennosuke and his troupe perform at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘!
  • Kataoka Nizaemon and his guild perform at the Yachiyoza!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 27 May 2001 (Dankikusai Gogatsu ďkabuki)
    MatinÚe Genji Monogatari (Suma, Akashi)
    Evening

    Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji (Gapp˘ Anshitsu)

    Hanabusa Shűjaku no Shishi

    Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba

    Sekisan Yakko

    Casting

    Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Onoe Kikugor˘, Ichikawa Sadanji, Nakamura Jakuemon, Sawamura Tanosuke, Band˘ Mitsugor˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Shibajaku, Ichikawa Shinnosuke, Onoe Kikunosuke, Onoe Tatsunosuke, Nakamura T˘z˘

    Comments

    The great yearly Dankiku festival for the Naritaya and Otowaya guilds, which commemorates 2 great stars of the Meiji era: Dan = Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and Kiku = Onoe Kikugor˘ V. The first show is dedicated to a new Kabuki adaptation of a Japanese Literature classic starring the 3 Suke of Heisei Era (Heisei no Sansuke: Shinnosuke, Kikunosuke and Tatsunosuke). The highlight of the second show is the koroshiba (murder scene) of the summer classic "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba".

    Chikamatsuza Tour
    Dates 3 ~ 24 May 2001
    Program

    Shinjű Ten no Amijima

    Casting

    Nakamura Ganjir˘, Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Band˘ Takesabur˘, Band˘ Kichiya, Band˘ Yajűr˘

    Comments

    The 16th edition of the Chikamatsuza tour features one of the best sewamono written by Chikamatsu Monzaemon. Nakamura Ganjir˘ and Band˘ Tamasabur˘ play the roles of Kamiya Jihŕ and the courtesan Koharu.

    Chikamatsuza tour schedule:

    Theater Dates
    National Theatre (T˘ky˘) 3 ~ 8 May
    Bunrakuza (ďsaka) 10 ~ 15 May
    Minamiza (Ky˘to) 17 ~ 24 May
    Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates 4 ~ 27 May 2001 (Gogatsu ďkabuki)
    Program

    Kaidan Shikijima Monogatari

    Casting

    Ichikawa Somegor˘, Nakamura Baigyoku

    Comments

    A ghost story starring the young actor Ichikawa Somegor˘ in three roles.

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 5 ~ 16 May 2001 (Zenshinza Gogatsu K˘en)
    Program

    Heso Magari Shinza

    Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Terakoya)

    Casting

    Segawa Kikunoj˘, Nakamura Umenosuke, Arashi Keishi, Kawarasaki Kunitar˘, Nakamura Tsuruz˘, Ichikawa Sh˘nosuke, Nakamura Seinosuke, Nakamura Baijaku, Yamazaki Ryűnosuke, Fujikawa Yanosuke

    Comments

    The Zenshinza troupe celebrates its 70th anniversary. The event includes the shűmei of Yamamura Kunijir˘ who takes the prestigious name of Segawa Kikunoj˘ VII by playing the role of Chiyo in the play "Terakoya".

    Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 1 ~ 24 May 2001
    Program

    Shin Sangokushi II

    Casting

    Ichikawa Ennosuke, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Danshir˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Nakamura Karoku, Ichikawa Danjir˘, Ichikawa Kamejir˘, Ichikawa Ukon

    Comments

    Ichikawa Ennosuke and his troupe of young and talented actors perform a modern style of theater, which they created a few years ago and called "Super Kabuki" (SűpÔ Kabuki in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's lingo): it's spectacular (lots of chűnori), the costums are gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated, the music is modern, the texts are easy to understand and the plots are as twisted as a good Kabuki classic. Usually a big commercial success!

    Yachiyoza (Yamaga)
    Dates 18 ~ 20 May 2001
    Program

    Keisei Hangonk˘ (Domo Mata)

    Migawari Zazen

    Casting

    Kataoka Nizaemon, Kataoka Takatar˘, Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakamura Kanjaku

    Comments

    The Yachiyoza is a traditional theater located in Kumamoto prefecture (Kyűshű). It has been recently renovated and Kataoka Nizaemon's guild inaugurates it.

    The Yachiyoza in 1911, inaugurated by the troupe led by Kataoka Nizaemon XI.

    NHK Hall (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 28 May 2001 (Koten Gein˘ Kansh˘ Kai)
    Program

    Shunky˘ Kagami Jishi

    Casting

    Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Kotar˘, Nakamura Kunio

    Comments

    28th edition of Koten Gein˘ Kansh˘ Kai (literally the "Classics Entertainment Appreciation Association"), a yearly performance produced by the National TV network NHK. The program includes one ky˘gen, one Kabuki play, one traditional dance and traditional music.

     
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