August Grand Kabuki, second performance
TSUBAKURO WA KAERU (Yasunosuke's Search for a Home)
This is a rare performance of a modern play. A carpenter named Bungoro (Mitsugoro) is on his way to Kyoto when he gets a strange request. A little boy named Yasunosuke was left by his mother in a foster home, but was treated so badly that he ran away. He has heard that his mother is in Kyoto and begs Bungoro to take him with him. Reluctantly Bungoro agrees, but during the long journey together, he almost becomes a second father to the boy. In Kyoto, he meets Yasunosuke's mother Kimika (Fukusuke), who is a geisha, but she tells him of her own hardships and that she cannot see Yasunosuke. The play shows the heartbreaking dilemma of the little boy caught between a mother that cannot keep him and the stranger who has become a father to him.
OEYAMA SHUTENDOJI (The Demon of Mt. Oe)
One of the most famous stories about demons is about Shutendoji, the demon of Mt. Oe, who loved sake and terrorized Kyoto by kidnapping beautiful women and forcing them to serve him before he ate them. Finally, he is defeated by the famous demon-quelling warrior Minamoto no Raiko and his four followers. Starring Kanzaburo as Shutendoji and Senjaku as Raiko. Based on a classical Noh play, this is a dance that was created by the previous Kanzaburo and will be presented by his son, the current Kanzaburo for the first time. Also featuring Fukusuke, Hashinosuke, Yajuro, Kantaro, Shichinosuke, Shingo and Minosuke.
There are still relatively cheap tickets for the second performance. You should go. You can see the two great performances of today's Kabuki.
- Tokaiya or Ikari-Tomomori by Shoroku at the National Thetre(2011.07.23)