January Grand Kabuki(January 2 - 26, 2008) Matinee
The shojo is a mythical sake-loving spirit that lives in the sea. In this dance, a sake seller has a mysterious customer that appears daily and drinks enormous amounts with great satisfaction. The sake seller has a dream with instructions to go by the beach with a large tub of sake. As it turns out, the customer has actually been the shojo in disguise. The dance shows two shojo as they drink and dance joyfully. Starring Baigyoku and Somegoro as the shojo.
ICHIJO OKURA MONOGATARI (The Mad Aristocrat)
The Genji retainer Kijiro plans with his wife Okyo to enter the Okura mansion and discover the true intentions of Tokiwa Gozen (Fukusuke), the widow of the late leader of their clan. They are shocked to find that although they had believed that Tokiwa had given up on her clan's struggle against the enemy Heike, in fact, she secretly prays daily for their downfall, by shooting arrows at an image of the Heike leader. Also, though her current husband, the aristocrat Okura (Kichiemon), seems to be nothing more than a fool who spends his days dancing, it is actually an elaborate disguise. In days where one's alliances could mean death, Okura uses his disguise to survive in a turbulent political world.
A novice impression note follows. The role of Ichijo Okura requires two different acting: one fool, and the other serious. I saw Nakamura Kanzaburo (18) and Nakamura Kichiemon (2) acting this role. I think Kichiemon fits more with this role, although I like Kanzaburo's play, too. It is because Kichiemon's character as Kabuki actor is more serious than Kanzaburo's. So, we can see Kichiemon acting the serious Okura genuinely, and acting the fool quite intentionally. In the case of Kanzaburo, I see him acting the serious one more intentionally, and acting the fool more naturally. The contras favors, I think, more Kichiemon than Kanzaburo because Kichiemon the fool is more surprising figure. By the way, this post explains what Shojo is.
- Tokaiya or Ikari-Tomomori by Shoroku at the National Thetre(2011.07.23)