Grand Kabuki Evening Show
MIYAJIMA NO DAMMARI (The Miyajima Dammari)
The beautiful courtesan Ukifune (Fukusuke) appears at Itsukushima Shrine, but she is actually the famous and daring thief Kesa Taro coming to steal the treasures of the shrine. Other famous characters from the Heike clan, closely associated with the shrine, appear, and there is a dreamy fight in the dark. This play is especially famous for the odd way in which Ukifune mixes both masculine and feminine movements.
KANADEHON CHUSHINGURA Act IX - Yamashina Kankyo (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers - Act IX - Yuranosuke's House at Yamashina)
This is an act of the epic play based on a sensational incident in the early 17th century. Lord Enya Hangan's attack on the senior official Ko no Moronao affected people even outside his own household. When Honzo, the senior retainer of another lord, stopped Enya from killing Moronao, he thought that he was doing a good thing. But his actions earned him the scorn of Enya's retainers and brought personal tragedy to his daughter who was engaged to Rikiya, the son of Yuranosuke, Enya's head retainer. The scene shows the tragedy as it affects Honzo's wife and daughter and how ultimately Honzo sacrifices his life to atone for his misjudgement. Starring Koshiro as Honzo, Living National Treasure Shikan as his wife Tonase and Kikunosuke as his daughter Konami, with Kichiemon as Yuranosuke, Kaishun as his wife Oishi and Somegoro as his son Rikiya.
TSUCHIGUMO (The Earth Spider)
A dance play adapted from the classical Noh theatre. The samurai lord Minamoto Raiko is famous in legend for ridding Kyoto of demons. While Raiko is confined to bed with illness, a priest (Kikugoro) from a prominent temple comes to pray for his health. In fact, the priest is actually the spirit of the earth spider which has caused Raiko's illness in the first place and hopes to destroy him. The spider's plan to kill Raiko is defeated by his retainers in an exciting fight. Featuring Living National Treasure Tomijuro as Raiko.
SANNIN KICHISA TOMOE NO SHIRANAMI (Three Thieves Named Kichisa)
The late 19th century playwright Mokuami excelled at portrayals of thieves and this short scene, with its music and poetic lines, is one of his most famous. A beautiful young woman helps out a woman who is lost on the road. But she is actually Ojo Kichisa, a male thief who is disguised as a woman. He steals an immense sum of money that the woman is carrying and this leads to an encounter on this riverbank of three thieves, all with the name Kichisa. Though they start out as rivals, they decide to become blood brothers and form a gang. Featuring Takataro, Shoroku and Somegoro as the three thieves.
- Tokaiya or Ikari-Tomomori by Shoroku at the National Thetre(2011.07.23)