September Kabuki Program at Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre: Matinee
TSUKI NO UTAGE MOMIJI NO IRODORI [Narihira and Komachi]
An elegant dance evoking the atmosphere of the imperial court in the Heian Period with the two most famous lovers of the time, Narihira and Komachi, two poets who were the handsomest man and most beautiful woman of the time.
from IGAGOE DOCHU SUGOROKU [The Road to the IGAGOE Vendetta]
A dramatization of one of the most famous historical vendettas of the Edo period. Numazu is one act that tells of the sacrifices of those not directly involved in the vendetta itself but members of the same family who are indebted to the two opposing sides. The kimono merchant Jubei meets a porter Heisaku at Numazu as he travels west on business. They find that not only are they long-separated father and son, but that they also lie on opposite sides of the vendetta. Their loyalties prevent them from openly acknowledging their relationship. Heisaku sacrifices his life to get information from his son essential to his side's cause.
ARAKAWA NO SAKICHI
A modern classic by Mayama Seika, this play set in the late Edo period combines tears and laughter as it focuses on a gang member caught between the bitter territorial battles of the people around him, and his fierce determination to raise his child.
KOTOBUKI UMEBACHI MANZAI
Featuring Living National Treasure Sakata
- Tokaiya or Ikari-Tomomori by Shoroku at the National Thetre(2011.07.23)