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    ACA National Arts Festival Presents
    Kabuki Performances in October
    Performance Dates : Oct. 4 (Sun.) - Oct. 27 (Tue.)
    No Performance on 15 (Thur.)
    Venue : National Theatre (Large Theatre)

    In October, there will be different two programs.

    Program A (11:00–13:30)

    Written by Bunkodo and others
    "Hiragana Seisuiki: Genda Kando"

    Nakamura Baigyoku
    Nakamura Senjaku
    Nakamura Kamenojo
    Matsumoto Koshiro
    Nakamura Kaishun
    and others

    Written by Suzuki Ei-ichi
    "Sachi Negau Shibai Gokko"

    Matsumoto Koshiro
    Otani Hirotaro
    Nakamura Kangyoku
    Sawamura Sonosuke
    and others

    Program B (15:30-17:55)

    Written by Kawatake Mokuami
    "Shinsarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa: Sakanaya Sogoro"

    Onoe Kikugoro
    Nakamura Tokizo
    Bando Hikosaburo
    Nakamura Baishi
    Onoe Ushinosuke
    Ichimura Kitsutaro
    Kataoka Kamezo
    Kawarasaki Gonjuro
    Ichimura Manjiro
    Ichikawa Danzo
    Ichikawa Sadanji
    and others

    Written by Okamura Shiko and others
    "Tachi Nusubito"

    Onoe Shoroku
    Bando Kamezo
    Kataoka Kamezo
    and others

    Ticket Prices for Each Program (including tax)
    [1st Grade]  Adluts: 7,000 yen (Students: 4,900 yen)
    [2nd Grade]  Adluts: 4,000 yen (Students: 2,800 yen)
    [3rd Grade]  Adluts: 2,000 yen (Students: 1,400 yen)
    Seating plan

    *End times are estimates and could vary.
    *Audio guide: Available for rent in Japanese. Click here for details.
    *Subtitles: No subtitles available.
    *English synopsis is available. It is included in the paid Japanese brochure.

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    available from September 13, 2020 

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    in Japanese


    It’s October, and the beautiful season of autumn is upon us. We’re pleased to announce that at long last, the National Theatre is resuming our Kabuki performance series!
    This two-part program, presented in a shorter performance format, features the masterpieces of jidaimono (historical drama) and sewamono (a piece themed on the customs and manners of the townspeople in the Edo period), along with several dance pieces.

    [Program A (11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)]
    Hiragana Seisuiki – Genda Kandō –
    Hiragana Seisuiki is a historical tale centered on the distinguished service of loyal retainer Higuchi no Jirō and the love between Kajiwara Genda and Chidori, and it is set against the backdrop of the epic Genpei War. Genda Kandō is the second scene of this piece, in which Genda is disowned by his mother Enju, who does this to save her beloved son. You are sure to enjoy the many highlights of this masterpiece, such as the graceful performances by Genda, a handsome young man, and the agony that Enju experiences as a mother and the separation of mother and child. The talented performers include Nakamura Baigyoku as Genda, Nakamura Senjaku as Chidori, Matsumoto Kōshirō as Heiji and Nakamura Kaishun as Enju. Please savor every bit of this jidaimono masterpiece presented by such an impressive line-up of performers.

    Sachi Negau Shibai Gokko
    This is a new dance drama based on the hope that people will be able to regain their normal, everyday lives from the current situation of uncertainty as soon as possible, and that theatrical performances will soon be able to take place as they used to. Through the technique of fukiyose, in which a medley selected great scenes are enacted and famous lines and dances of Kabuki performed one after another. In this stage performance, Matsumoto Kōshirō showcases his love of theatrical entertainment through a playful spirit and you are sure to have fun!

    [Program B (3:30 p.m.-5:55 p.m.)]
    Shin Sarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa – Sakanaya Sōgorō –
    This is a piece written by Kawatake Mokuami especially for Onoe Kikugorō V, a great actor during the Meiji period. Against the backdrop of the unique world of the famous ghost story Sarayashiki, the everyday life and spirits of Edo citizens are vividly portrayed. The highlight of this piece is the process by which the honest townsman (fishmonger) Sōgorō breaks his abstinence and starts to drink in vexation after his younger sister Otsuta was unjustly punished and killed by her master, and then gradually loses himself to alcohol to become a vicious drinker. This is a sewamono masterpiece that features some of Japan’s most distinguished actors, including the seventh and current Onoe Kikugorō as Sōgorō, Nakamura Tokizō as Ohama and Ichikawa Sadanji as Urato Jūzaemon in sophisticated, unrivaled performances.

    Tachi Nusubito (The Sword Thief)
    This is a matsubamemono (Noh/Kyōgen-based Kabuki dance drama performed against a backdrop of pine trees) piece themed on the Kyōgen play Nagamitsu. It tells the tale of how the pickpocket Kurobē fixes his eyes on the sword worn by the simple and honest countryman Manbē and attempts to steal it. The situation soon develops into a loud dispute between the two. At the sound of their clamor, a local magistrate appears and tries to settle the matter. This is a humorous piece and the highlight is a dance by Kurobē, who tries to imitate Manbē explaining about the origin of the sword and dancing to verify it. Please enjoy this well-cast performance, which includes Onoe Shōroku as Kurobē.