NOVEMBER 2023

2 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre), 2 in Kitakyűshű (Heisei Nakamuraza) and 1 tour (Succession Announcement Tour)!

  • Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Karoku, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Shikan, Kataoka Takatar˘, Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Band˘ Rakuzen, Nakamura Matagor˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Ichikawa En'ya, Band˘ Kamez˘, Nakamura Hayato and Band˘ Minosuke perform at the Kabukiza !
  • Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke and Kataoka Kamez˘ perform at the Heisei Nakamuraza!
  • Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Ichikawa Udanji and Nakamura Kotar˘ are on tour Succession Announcement Tour!
  • Nobody performs at the National Theatre!
  • Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 2 ~ 25 November 2023
    Kichirei Kaomise ďkabuki
    Annual Festive Face-Showing Grand Kabuki
    MatinÚe

    (Kiwametsuki Indoden) MahÔbÔrata Senki

    Evening

    Matsuura no Taiko

    Kamakura Sandaiki
    (Kinugawa-mura Kankyo)

    Kaomise-zuki Hana no Sugatae

  • Haru no Shirabe Musume Nanakusa
  • Sanja Matsuri
  • Oshiegusa Yoshiwara Suzume
  • Casting

    Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘, Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon, Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘, Living National Treasure Nakamura Karoku, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Shikan, Kataoka Takatar˘, Onoe Sh˘roku, Nakamura Kinnosuke, Ichikawa Danz˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Band˘ Rakuzen, Nakamura Matagor˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Ichikawa En'ya, Band˘ Kamez˘, Nakamura Hayato, Band˘ Minosuke, Onoe Ukon, Nakamura Baishi, Nakamura Yonekichi, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Mantar˘, Kamimura Kichiya, Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘, Nakamura Matsue, Nakamura Takanosuke, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Onoe Sakon, Onoe Ushinosuke, Ichimura Kitsutar˘, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Nakamura Shinobu, Kamimura Kichitar˘, Nakamura Kamenoj˘, Kataoka Matsunosuke, Nakamura Baika

    Comments

    The usual November Festive Face-Showing Grand Kabuki!

  • MahÔbÔrata Senki: This is Kabuki production adapted from one of the world's three greatest epics, the rest two being "Iliad" and "Odyssey" of ancient Greece. "MahÔbhÔrata" is a mythical epic of ancient India and one of the two greatest epics of India with "Ramayana". It was premiered in October 2017 at the Kabukiza. Here is the place where gods meet. Many gods such as Narayana (Living National Treasure Onoe Kikugor˘), Surya (Band˘ Yajűr˘), MahÔkÔla (Band˘ Rakuzen), Indra (Band˘ Hikosabur˘), Brahma (Nakamura Hayato) and Shiva (Onoe Kikunosuke) look down on human world. Shiva is astonished at the absurdness of human beings and laments that. Surya begets a child by very young Princess Kunti (Nakamura Yonekichi) and tries to make him a savior to reign over the human world peacefully. But Indra is opposed to Surya. He also begets a child by Princess Kunti and intends to let him rule the human world by force. Surya's child is Karna (Onoe Kikunosuke) and Indra's child is Arjuna (Nakamura Hayato). Princess Kunti gives birth to Karna, but she floats him in Ganges. The years flow away and Karna grows up to be a youth of born abilities. As he bids his parents farewell to travel for practicing archery, his mother Rana (Ichimura Manjir˘) confides to him that she is not his real mother. Karna comes to the capital where five princes including Arjuna, who are brought up in a royal family, are in rivalry in throne against Karna's cousins, Princess Duryodha (Nakamura Shinobu) and her brother. Hermit Krishna (Nakamura Kinnosuke) arbitrates that and they agree to decide in a tournament who deserves the throne. Karna also takes part in the tournament and confronts Prince Arjuna, but he is mistreated as his origin is unknown. Noticing that Karna is her son whom she floated in Ganges, Princess Kunti falls senseless and the tournament is called off. Karna bears a grudge against the five princes and he goes with Princess Duryodha. More years pass and the rivalry in throne becomes harder. Prince Arjuna laments vanity that they relatives oppose each other, but the war begins in Kurukshetra. Karna takes Princess Duryodha's side and confronts the five princes including his predestined rival, Prince Arjuna.
  • Matsuura no Taiko: Lord Matsuura (Living National Treasure Kataoka Nizaemon) lives next door to the enemy of the loyal retainers and is disgusted because they do not seem to be interested in avenging the death of the lord. He is especially upset because he studied with the same fighting teacher as Kuranosuke, the senior retainer who should be leading the vendetta. Moreover, he learns from the haiku teacher Takarai Kikaku (Living National Treasure Nakamura Karoku) that his student ďtaka Gengo (ACT) who should be part of the vendetta left a poem suggesting that he was forgetting his former lord and going to take service with another samurai lord. Gengo's sister Onui (Nakamura Yonekichi) serves Lord Matsuura and in disgust he is about to dismiss her, when there is a disturbance from next door. The attack has begun, and in joy, Lord Matsuura counts out the strokes of the drum, struck in a pattern that is only known by students of his fighting teacher.
  • Kamakura Sandaiki: a rare performance of a classical history play from the Bunraku puppet theatre, which shows a heroic warrior, unbending mother and delicate princess in romance and intrigue on a grand scale. War has placed the young samurai Miuranosuke (Nakamura Tokiz˘) and his fiance Princess Toki on enemy sides. She takes care of his sick mother (Living National Treasure Nakamura T˘z˘) despite being on opposite sides, and Miuranosuke slips away from the battle to see his mother one last time. But she refuses to see him when he should be on the battlefield and he must leave, brokenhearted. Princess Toki's father is the leader of the enemy forces and she is faced with a terrible challenge. She will only be allowed to be united with the man she loves if she kills her father. Starring Nakamura Baishi as Princess Toki, considered to be one of the most difficult princess roles in the Kabuki repertory. Featuring also Nakamura Shikan in the role of Sasaki Takatsuna.
  • Musume Nanakusa: in the Edo period, every New Year, plays appeared about the medieval vendetta carried out by the Soga brothers Jűr˘ and Gor˘. This colorful, old-fashioned dance mixes this tradition with that of eating porridge containing seven auspicious herbs on the seventh day of the new year. As the brothers Jűr˘ (Ichikawa Somegor˘) and Gor˘ (Nakamura Tanenosuke) prepare to face their father's murderer and take revenge, along with beautiful Shizuka Gozen (Onoe Sakon), they cut the herbs, as a symbolic act of vengeance.
  • Sanja Matsuri: a vigorous dance starring Band˘ Minosuke and Onoe Ukon. It is based on dolls at the Sanja festival showing the founding of the temple at Asakusa when two fishermen found a golden image of the Kannon in their nets. In this case, the holy spirits that they encounter are two spheres with the characters for "good" and "evil" on them, and the spirits possess the two and animate them into a lively dance.
  • Yoshiwara Suzume: in this dance, a husband and wife come to the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters to sell caged sparrows for a ceremony to gain Buddhist merit by releasing living things. Caged sparrows were also images for the courtesans of the pleasure quarters, and the two dance a romantic meeting between a courtesan and her lover, showing the lively and erotic atmosphere of the pleasure quarters. Starring Nakamura Matagor˘, Kataoka Takatar˘ and Nakamura Kash˘ as a male bird seller, a female bird seller and a bird catcher (in reality a samurai practicing falconry).
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Heisei Nakamuraza (Kitakyűshű)
    Dates 1 ~ 26 November 2023
    1st program

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura

  • Tokaiya
  • Funayagura
  • Daimotsu no Ura
  • Fűryű Kokura Niwaka no Sato no Irodori

    2nd program

    Ogasawara Shorei no Oku no Te

    Casting

    Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Kataoka Kamez˘, Band˘ Shingo, Nakamura Tsurumatsu, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Toranosuke, Nakamura Fukunosuke, Nakamura Utanosuke

    Comments

    The Heisei Nakamuraza is back in Kitakyűshű in Fukuoka Prefecture, in the precincts of the Kokura Castle. These performances celebrate the 60th anniversary of the reconstruction of the city of Kitakyűshű.

  • Tokaiya/Daimotsu no Ura: these are two scenes from one of the greatest classics of the puppet theatre, which has also become a classic of Kabuki. After the wars between the Genji and Heike clans, the Genji are victorious and their leader Yoritomo is now Sh˘gun. But there is a falling out between Yoritomo and his brother Yoshitsune, the brilliant general responsible for the victory. Now Yoshitsune is fleeing through the country and this play fancifully has him encounter several famous warriors from the Heike clan, who are not dead, as history has it. Yoshitsune (Band˘ Shingo) books passage on a boat to Kyűshű, but the captain is actually Taira no Tomomori (Nakamura Kankur˘), a general of the Heike clan that Yoshitsune helped to defeat. Tomomori was supposedly killed by Yoshitsune in the final battle of the war, but in this play, Tomomori is shown as surviving, living in disguise with the child emperor Antoku and his nursemaid (Nakamura Shichinosuke). At one moment the captain is a gallant commoner, but in the next, he is Tomomori, a high ranking general close to the emperor. His wife as well is a cheerful commoner who shows her true identity as a high-ranking lady-in-waiting in the magnificent robes of the imperial court. Tomomori uses the opportunity to try to get his revenge on Yoshitsune but is defeated again. Finally Tomomori holds a giant anchor and plunges into the sea. Featuring also Nakamura Hashinosuke, Kataoka Kamez˘ and Nakamura Toranosuke in the roles of Sagami Gor˘, Musashib˘ Benkei and Irie Tanz˘.
  • Niwaka no Sato no Irodori: this lively dance evokes the atmosphere of an Edo period festival with geisha and tobigashira. The highlight of the piece is the lion dance performed by the handsome young men of the neighborhood. This is a special production related to the Kokura Castle.
  • Ogasawara S˘d˘:
    (The Troubles in the Ogasawara Clan)
    This play is based on a true incident in Kyűshű in which the head retainer of a clan gained great power and tried to take over. It was dramatized in the late 19th century in the showy, theatrical style of Kamigata Kabuki. It takes the sober story of the inner workings of a samurai clan and combines them with the scheming of a sexy geisha who has become the lover of a lord, and a magical fox who takes the form of a samurai footman to repay the lord for saving his life. This play was revived in recent years to showcase both this style of Kabuki and the talents of young stars and promises to be an exciting experience of Kabuki. Featuring Nakamura Kankur˘ (Inugami Hy˘bu), Nakamura Shichinosuke (Odai-no-Kata), Kataoka Kamez˘ (Ogasawara Buzen-no-Kami), Nakamura Hashinosuke (Ogasawara T˘t˘mi-no-Kami, Okada Ry˘suke), Band˘ Shingo (Ry˘suke's wife Okano, Omine-no-Kata), Nakamura Toranosuke (Koheiji's wife Ohaya, Nakagawa Gennosuke), Nakamura Tsurumatsu (Hayato's sister Kohagi, Hayashi Kazuma), Nakamura Fukunosuke (Koheiji) and Nakamura Utanosuke (Ogasawara Haito, the yakko Kikuhei).
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    Succession Announcement Tour
    Dates 13 October ~ 12 November 2023
    Jűsandaime Ichikawa Danjűr˘ Hakuen Shűmei Hir˘ Jungy˘
    Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII Hakuen Succession Announcement Tour
    Dates 13 October ~ 12 November 2023
    Program

    K˘j˘

    Kenuki

    Casting

    Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Ichikawa Udanji, Nakamura Kotar˘, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Ichikawa Kudanji, ďtani Hiromatsu, Nakamura Kangyoku

    Comments

    A special tour celebrating the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII with performances in 20 cities.

  • K˘j˘: the close relationship between the actors and the audience is shown by these stage announcements, lavish ceremonies to commemorate various important events. In this case, all the actors of the cast assemble to celebrate the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XIII.
  • Kenuki: in this play, which retains the light, festive atmosphere of early-period Kabuki, a princess has a mysterious ailment that makes her hair stand on end, an ailment that prevents her from carrying out her long-awaited marriage. Kumedera Danj˘ comes from the groom's household to investigate and finds a plot to take over the household when his tweezers float in mid-air. Ichikawa Danjűr˘ stars in a play that features the bombastic aragoto style of acting that is a specialty of his family.
  • Sources: Earphone Guide Website or Sh˘chiku Kabuki Official Website

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates ??? ~ ??? February 2023 [NO PERFORMANCE]
    Program

    ???

    Casting

    ???

    Comments

    No November Kabuki at the National Theatre. End of the 1st generation National Theatre (1966~2023).

     
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