November Grand Kabuki Matinee
Based on the ritual Okina in the Noh theatre, the Sambaso is both an important prayer for prosperity and a vigorous dance. The Sambaso stamps and shakes bells as a ritual for agricultural prosperity while the Senzai is an elegant attendant to the prayers. This particular version elaborates the original ritual into a dance evoking love, marriage and the prosperity symbolized by many children. Featuring Baigyoku as the Sambaso and Takataro as Senzai.
KEISEI HANGONKO - Matahei's Triumph
This play was written by the great Japanese playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon for the Bunraku puppet theatre and retains the spirit of the puppets with its mix of extraordinary events and realistic acting styles. The artist Matahei (Kichiemon) has been refused a professional name because of his stuttering. He makes a poor life by drawing folk paintings and decides to make one last effort to gain respectability. His wife Otoku (Shibajaku), who is given as much to chatter as Matahei is silent, pleads his case. Turned down again by his master, Matahei decides to take his life. He draws a farewell portrait of himself, a painting so skillful that the lines seep through solid rock. Witnessing this, his master decides to confer a professional name.
- Tokaiya or Ikari-Tomomori by Shoroku at the National Thetre(2011.07.23)