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December Grand Kabuki, Matinee

AYATSURI SAMBASO【The Puppet Sambaso】
The Sambaso is part of the ritual Noh play Okina, a prayer for prosperity and in kabuki the vigorous Sambaso dance is often performed separately. To make the dance especially auspicious, the old man Okina and attendant Senzai appear as well. In kabuki, the Sambaso dance appears in all kinds of versions. In this particular version, the Sambaso is actually a giant marionette, dancing lightly until his antics tangle his strings, creating problems for his puppeteer.

NOZAKIMURA【Nozaki Village】
Osome, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, falls in love with Hisamatsu, an apprentice in the shop. Hisamatsu has been sent away to his home in the country and Omitsu, a simple country girl whom he is to marry, happily awaits the day when she can be united with Hisamatsu as husband and wife. But Osome comes to see Hisamatsu and seeing the strength of the love between the two, Omitsu unites them by sacrificing her own happiness and becoming a nun. 
MIGAWARI ZAZEN【The Zen Substitute】
A dance play adopted from a classical kyogen farce. A man wants nothing more than to visit his lover Hanako, but he has one important problem, his homely and overbearing wife. He creates a scheme saying that he will be practicing zen meditation all night and has his servant Tarokaja take his place while he visits Hanako. He returns, giddy from a night of pleasure and tells his story to his servant in dance, unaware that his wife has discovered his deception and has taken his servant's place.
OEDO RIBINGUDEDDO【Oedo and the Living Dead】
Kudo Kankuro is famous as a playwright and TV scenario writer and also as actor and director. This month, he makes his first attempt at kabuki in a play that mixes kabuki, musicals and horror to show an attack of zombies on Edo.

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