January Grand Kabuki, Evening Show
HARU NO KOTOBUKI 【A Celebration of the New Year】
Traditionally in Japan, the New Year’s season is the most sacred and festive time of the whole year. This short dance will feature the most senior kabuki actor who is active on stage today to commemorate the holiday and to launch the final few months of performances at Kabuki-za before it closes for rebuilding.
SUGAWARA DENJU TENARAI KAGAMI 【Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy】
- Kurumabiki 【The Fight Over the Carriage】-
This short scene is a classic spectacle of the bombastic aragoto style of acting and features the younger stars of the company. Umeomaru and Sakuramaru lament the turn of events that have sent their lord Michizane into exile. They hear that the carriage of the villain Shihei is coming and go to confront it, but though they smash the carriage, they are stopped by their brother Matsuomaru, who is a retainer of the villain, and the fierce magical power of Shihei drives them back. They agree to wait until after their father's seventieth birthday celebration to resolve the dispute.
KYOKANOKO MUSUME DOJOJI 【The Girl at Dojoji Temple】
One of the greatest showpieces of the skills of an onnagata female role specialist, a series of dances unfolds in a temple full of cherry blossoms as a young girl expresses her feelings of love in all its many aspects. But she is actually the ghost of a woman who has been transformed into a serpent through jealousy. This performance features the rarely performed epilogue where a larger-than-life aragoto hero vanquishes the spirit.
YOWA NASAKE UKINA NO YOKOGUSHI 【Scarfaced Yosaburo】
Yosaburo is the pampered son of a wealthy family who falls in love with Otomi, the mistress of a gang boss after a chance encounter on the beach. They are discovered, Yosaburo's body is covered with wounds and the two are dumped into the sea. But Yosaburo lives and becomes a petty thief and embezzler under the name "Scarfaced Yosa."
Yosaburo and his mentor Yasu, the Bat, go to blackmail the mistress of a wealthy merchant only to discover that it is Otomi, alive as well. In one of the most famous scenes in kabuki, Yosaburo pours out his resentment at the woman and fate that have destroyed his life. But scarred and disreputable as he is, Yosaburo still has stunning good looks, creating the decadent charm of this play.
- Tokaiya or Ikari-Tomomori by Shoroku at the National Thetre(2011.07.23)