Janurary Grand Kabuki Evening Show
In Noh, the Okina is a dance of an old man that is a ritual for long life and prosperity. As befits the New Year's season, the evening program begins with a graceful kabuki version of this dance featuring Living National Treasure Tomijuro, one of the finest dancers in kabuki and Shikan.
RENJISHI (Father and Son Lion Dance)
Two entertainers dance a tale of the legendary shishi or lion-like spirits that live at the foot of a holy Buddhist mountain. Later, the shishi themselves appear and perform their dance with wild shaking of their long manes. The dance shows a parent shishi forcing his cub to undergo harsh training in order to grow up strong. This theme is often associated with the training a parent actor gives his son. This performance features Koshiro and his son Somegoro as the two entertainers.
SUKEROKU YUKARI NO EDO ZAKURA (Sukeroku)
The dandy Sukeroku is the most famous patron of the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters. But his reputation as the lover of Agemaki, the highest ranking courtesan in the quarter is matched by that of his tendency to pick fights. In fact, Sukeroku is the samurai Soga no Goro in disguise, and he uses the fights to find a lost heirloom sword. His search takes place in the colorful atmosphere of the Yoshiwara where processions of beautiful courtesans compete with the splendor of cherry blossoms in full bloom. All the top stars in kabuki appear in a procession of beautiful, exciting and amusing roles. Starring Danjuro as Sukeroku, one of his most popular roles and featuring Living National Treasure Shikan as his mother Manko.
- Tokaiya or Ikari-Tomomori by Shoroku at the National Thetre(2011.07.23)