MAY 2024

4 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, Theater MILANO-Za, T˘ky˘ Tatemono Brillia Hall), 1 in Nagoya (Misonoza) and 1 in Ky˘to (Minamiza)!

  • Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Living National Treasure Nakamura Karoku, Onoe Kikunosuke, Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Nakamura Matagor˘, Ichikawa Omez˘, Ichikawa Udanji, Nakamura Kotar˘, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Band˘ Minosuke, Onoe Matsuya and Onoe Ukon perform at the Kabukiza!
  • Nakamura Kankur˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke perform at the Theater MILANO-Za!
  • Ichikawa Chűsha, Ichikawa Danko, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Nakamura Kazutar˘ and the Omodakaya guild perform at the Misonoza!
  • Young actors perform at the Minamiza!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 26 May 2024
    Dankikusai Gogatsu ďkabuki
    Dankikusai May Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    Oshi no Fusuma Koi no Mutsugoto (Oshidori)

    Kenuki

    Kiwametsuki Banzui Ch˘bŕ

    Evening

    Meiboku Sendai Hagi

  • Goten
  • Yukashita
  • Shisen Ry˘ Koban no Ume-no-Ha

    Casting

    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Baigyoku, Living National Treasure Nakamura Karoku, Onoe Kikunosuke, Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Nakamura Matagor˘, Ichikawa Omez˘, Ichikawa Udanji, Nakamura Kotar˘, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Band˘ Minosuke, Onoe Matsuya, Onoe Ukon, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Yonekichi, Ichimura Manjir˘, Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘, Nakamura Mantar˘, Ichikawa Otora

    Comments

    The great yearly Dankiku festival is back at the Kabukiza! This important festival for the Naritaya and Otowaya guilds commemorates 2 great stars of the Meiji era: Dan = Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and Kiku = Onoe Kikugor˘ V.

    Theater MILANO-Za (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 3 ~ 26 May 2024
    Kabukich˘ ďkabuki
    Kabukich˘ ďkabuki
    Program

    Sh˘fudatsuki Kongen Kusazuri

    Ryűsei

    Fuku Kanau Kami no Koibana

    Casting

    Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Nakamura Toranosuke, Nakamura Tsurumatsu, Nakamura Kantar˘, Nakamura Ch˘zabur˘

    Comments

    Grand Kabuki right in the heart of the Kabukich˘ entertainment district near Shinjuku Station! The Theater MILANO-Za is located within the T˘kyű Kabukich˘ Tower.

    T˘ky˘ Tatemono Brillia Hall (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 11 ~ 20 May 2024
    Zenshinza Gogatsu K˘en
    Zenshinza May Performances
    Program

    Yuki Matsuri Gonin Sanbas˘

    K˘j˘

    Narukami

    Casting

    Kawarazaki Kunitar˘, Fujikawa Yanosuke, Arashi Yoshisabur˘

    Comments

    The usual Zenshinza May program, not at the National Theatre (closed) but at the T˘ky˘ Tatemono Brillia Hall (T˘shima Arts and Culture Theatre)!

  • Gonin Sanbas˘: this dance is a special five-actor auspicious dance based on the ritual play 'Okina' in the classical Theatre. Five sanbas˘ dance wildly in the spring snow, praying for national tranquility and a bountiful harvest of grain.
  • Narukami: one of the most popular and universally appealing plays in the Kabuki Jűhachiban collection of plays featuring the bombastic aragoto style of acting. The holy man Narukami (Arashi Yoshisabur˘) is angry at the Imperial Court and has taken refuge in the mountains where he has imprisoned inside a waterfall the dragon that brings rain, bringing a severe drought to the country. Princess Taema (Kawarazaki Kunitar˘) is sent by the Imperial Court to try to seduce Narukami, destroying his magical powers and release the rain. When he finds that he has been betrayed, anger transforms Narukami into a Thunder God.
  • Sources: Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Misonoza (Nagoya)
    Dates 6 ~ 19 May 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 Nagoya at the Misonoza. 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

    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 11 ~ 19 May 2024
    Kabuki Kansh˘ Ky˘shitsu
    Kabuki Appreciation Class
    Program

    Kabuki he no Izanai

    Meisaku Hidari Kogatana (Ky˘ Ningy˘)

    Casting

    Kamimura Kichitar˘, Kataoka Matsujűr˘, Kataoka Senju, ďka Noboru

    Comments

    Young actors performing in Ky˘to at the Minamiza.

  • Kabuki he no Izanai: literally 'Invitation to Kabuki'. A stage speech delivered by the actress ďka Noboru.
  • Ky˘ Ningy˘: this dance tells the story of the woodcarver Hidari Jingor˘, famous for the sleeping cat on the great gate of Nikk˘. He brings a statue of a beautiful courtesan to life and then there is a spectacular fight scene with a variety of carpenterĺs tools. Starring Kataoka Matsujűr˘ as Jingor˘ and Kamimura Kichitar˘ as the doll of the courtesan.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

     
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