August Grand Kabuki
TEMPO YUKYO ROKU (Record of an Unruly Life)
A low-ranking warrior is universally disliked for his dissolute behavior but he reforms for the sake of his small son who later becomes Katsu Kaishu, one of the leading figures of the Meiji Restoration of 1868. A modern historical play, it was written by Mayama Seika, one of the most important Japanese dramatists of the twentieth century.
ROKKASEN SUGATA NO IRODORI (The Six Poetic Geniuses)
A rare full-length performance of a humorous series of dances, which show the ancient poetic geniuses famous from classical Japanese literature, reinterpreted to the tastes of Edo period audiences. Ono no Komachi, the only woman of the six, was famous as a great beauty and in this dance, all the other poets are in love with her. The first dances are filled with the atmosphere of the Heian Period imperial court, but then changes to a contemporary scene.
OKUNI TO GOHEI (Okuni's Vendetta and Love)
This play was written by the famous 20th century novelist Tanizaki Junichiro. Okuni has set out on a vendetta against a former lover Tomonojo for killing her husband. When she finds him, he reveals that he has actually been following her all the time during her long search disguised as a traveling priest. Tomonojo begs for her forgiveness, but Okuni is still forced to kill him, as he has seen that she has fallen in love with her servant Gohei who has accompanied her on her journey.
KAIDAN CHIBUSA NO ENOKI (The Ghost and the Milk-Giving Tree)
Based on a Rakugo story by Sanyutei Encho, this is a showpiece for the star actor who plays multiple roles, culminating in a thrilling fight scene in a waterfall where he switches rapidly from one to another. An artist named Hishikawa Shigenobu is killed by a handsome samurai named Isogai who makes love to Shigenobu's wife Oseki. He carries out the murder with the help of Shigenobu's honest, but simple minded, servant Shosuke and the tattooed villain Uwabami no Sanji. But the baby is rescued by the ghost of Shigenobu and finally the boy avenges the death of his father by killing Isogai.
- Tokaiya or Ikari-Tomomori by Shoroku at the National Thetre(2011.07.23)