Janurary Grand Kabuki, Evening Show
KOTOBUKI SOGA NO TAIMEN
(The Encounter of the Soga Brothers and their Father's Killer)
This is one of the oldest and most classical of all kabuki plays. In the Edo period, every January, plays appeared about the vendetta carried out by the Soga brothers Juro and Goro after eighteen years of hardship. In Soga no Taimen the brothers confront Kudo Suketsune, the man responsible for their father's death. More ceremony than play, it features each of the important kabuki character types, including the bombastic aragoto style of Goro and the soft wagoto style of Juro. This month features Koshiro as Kudo, Kichiemon as Goro and Kikugoro as Juro.
SHUNKYO KAGAMI JISHI (Young Yayoi and the Spirit of the Lion)
Kagami Jishi is one of the most important dances for onnagata female role specialists and is an audience favorite. The maidservant Yayoi performs an auspicious lion dance for the shogun in his opulent palace, but she gradually finds herself under the control of the lion spirit. In the second half of the dance, the lion spirit itself appears and performs its crazed dance among peonies and fluttering butterflies. Starring Kanzaburo as both Yayoi and the spirit of the lion in a dance that he has made his own.
IWASHIURI KOI NO HIKIAMI (The Princess and the Sardine Seller)
A modern play by novelist Mishima Yukio, this recreates the leisurely, comic atmosphere of early 18th century kabuki. A sardine seller famous for his vigorous chanting falls in love with a beautiful courtesan and disguises himself as a wealthy patron, only to discover that she is actually a princess that ran away from her family after falling in love with the call of a sardine seller. Starring Kanzaburo as the sardine seller and Tamasaburo as the princess.
- Tokaiya or Ikari-Tomomori by Shoroku at the National Thetre(2011.07.23)