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    Kabuki performance for Beginners
    Kenuki (The Tweezers)

    Performance Date : June 2(Fri.) - June 24(Sat.)
    except June 16
    Performance Time :
    11:00 / 14:30
    14:30 only <9(fri.)>  

    Discover Kabuki - Kabuki performance for foreigners -
    Friday, June 16
    →detail of "Discover KABUKI"

    Venue : National Theatre(Large Theatre)

    Kumedera Danjo: Nakamura Kinnosuke
    Koshimoto Makiginu: Kataoka Takataro
    Yatsurugi Genba: Bando Hikosaburo
    Ono no Harukaze: Onoe Ukon
    Yatsurugi Kazuma: Otani Hirotaro
    Hata Hidetaro: Nakamura Hayato
    Nisiki no Mae: Nakamura Umemaru
    Ohara no Manbe: Arashi Kitsusaburo
    Hata Minbu: Bando Shucho
    Ono no Harumichi: Otani Tomoemon
     and others

    Tickets (Tax Included)
    1st Grade = 3,900yen
    2nd Grade = 1,500yen
    All seats = 1,300yen
    Seating plan

    Reservations (Telephone / Internet) : available from May 6(Sat.)
    Ticket Centre : +81-3-3230-3000 (10:00 - 18:00(JST))

    Counter Sales : available from May 7 (Sun.)

     In this Kabuki Appreciation Class, popular Kabuki performances are introduced by a fine Kabuki cast for as many people as possible to casually experience the fascinating world of Kabuki with its history of 400 years. The Kabuki no Mikata (how to appreciate Kabuki) commentary program that precedes the performance also enjoys tremendous popularity, where Kabuki actors give clear and detailed explanations of the highlights of the performance. In addition to a free Kabuki handbook and program, subtitles are also provided this time, making it an excellent opportunity for beginners to enjoy and understand Kabuki.

     Kenuki was first performed in 1742 by Ichikawa Danjuro II as one scene of the drama “Narukami Fudo Kitayama Zakura.” It is counted one of “Kabuki Juhachiban (eighteen best Kabuki plays),” which is a specialty of the Ichikawa family. After a long hiatus, Ichikawa Sadanji II revived it in 1909. Since then, it has been performed repeatedly as a popular program.
     At the mansion of Ono no Harumichi, a descendant of Ono no Komachi, an heirloom tanzaku (a strip of paper for tanka or haiku) that was supposed to be presented to the Imperial Court is missing; what’s worse, his daughter Nishiki no Mae is forced to postpone her wedding due to a rare disease that made her hair stand on end. Kumedera Danjo, a retainer of Nishiki no Mae’s fiancé Bunya no Toyohide, pays a visit to Ono’s mansion, only to be given notice of engagement dissolution by chief retainer Yatsurugi Genba on the ground of her disease. Danjo is shocked to see her condition up close but also finds it strange that her hair doesn’t stand up when she puts on usuginu (a thin fabric a woman wears out in public to hide her face) over her head. While waiting to meet Harumichi, Danjo pulls out mustache with kenuki (a pair of tweezers). He put them on the floor, which suddenly started to float up into mid air. Danjo feels suspicious about the sight under his eyes. Then appears a man who called himself Manbe, makes an impossible demand upon the Ono family. In the inside pocket of this suspicious-looking man, Danjo finds the tanzaku that should have been missing. You will find what the truth of a chain of strange events is.
     The main character Kumedera Danjo solves the mystery of the standing-up hair of Nishiki no Mae using the tweezers as a lead, and exposes numerous wrongdoings one after another. In the scene where Danjo stares at the moving tweezers, he strikes some dramatic poses beautifully and powerfully. Also you can see a giant pair of tweezers in the important scene where the tweezers holds the key to unravel the mystery. These expression techniques are unique to Kabuki, attracting the audience. Meanwhile, Danjo shows a charming side of him through the scene where he makes a pass at Makiginu, a beautiful koshimoto (a lady in waiting) who brought him some tea made by Nishiki no Mae, only to be given the cold shoulder by her.
     Nakamura Kinnosuke plays Danjo for the first time in 12 years, while Kataoka Takataro plays the role of Makiginu. The stage is visually fun to watch and this mystery drama is easy to understand even for Kabuki beginners. Please enjoy the performance.


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