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    ACA National Arts Festival Presents
    Kabuki Performances in November
    Performance Dates : Nov. 2 (Mon.) - Nov. 25 (Wed.)
    No performance on 10 (Tue.) and 18 (Wed.)
    Venue : National Theatre (Large Theatre)

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: CANCELLATION OF PERFORMANCES of Program 2 Kabuki Performance in November at National Theatre (Large Theatre) from November 23 to 25, 2020

    In November, there will be different two programs.

    Program 1 (12:00–14:20)

    Written by Chikamatsu Monzaemon
    "Heike Nyogo no Shima: Shunkan"

    Nakamura Kichiemon
    Nakamura Jakuemon
    Onoe Kikunosuke
    Nakamura Kasho
    Nakamura Tanenosuke
    Nakamura Kichinojo
    Arashi Kitsusaburo
    Nakamura Kinnosuke
    Nakamura Matagoro
    Nakamura Karoku

    Program 2 (16:30-19:00)

    Written by Umeno Shitakaze and Chikamatsu Yasuzo
    "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi: Keyamura"

    Kataoka Nizaemon
    Kataoka Takataro
    Bando Hikosaburo
    Ogawa Hiroharu
    Kataoka Matsunosuke
    Bando Yajuro
    Nakamura Tozo

    "Fumi Uri" and "Sanja Matsuri"

    Cast("Fumi Uri" )
    Nakamura Baishi

    Cast("Sanja Matsuri" )
    Nakamura Takanosuke
    Kataoka Sennosuke

    Ticket Prices for Each Program(tax included)
    [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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    The National Theatre's November Kabuki performances represent Gidayū Kyōgen masterpieces and dance pieces featuring skilled and attractive cast members, including the top actors of the day who play their starring roles. Each piece is a shorter version designed to enable you to easily enjoy the performances.

    [Program 1]
    Heike Nyogo no Shima : Shunkan

    Based on “Heike Monogatari (The Tale of the Heike),” this is a five-act Jōruri jidaimono (historical drama) piece written by Chikamatsu Monzaemon. Adapted for Kabuki, it is usually presented with only one scene, “Kikaigashima (Devil's Island),” which depicts the tragedy of Shunkan, a monk who was exiled to a remote island after providing his mountain villa in Shishigatani to conspirators plotting to overthrow the Heike clan. The National Theatre has attracted attention by adding scenes that provide a better picture of “Kikaigashima.” The additional scene in this program is “Kiyomori Yakata (Scene of Kiyomori's Mansion),” in which Taira no Kiyomori demands Shunkan’s wife Azumaya to become his mistress, which drives her to kill herself. Nakamura Kichiemon, who gained popularity in October 1995 at the National Theatre by playing the double roles of the arrogant and despotic Taira no Kiyomori, as well as that of Shunkan, who remained behind on the solitary island enduring deep grief, will bring these roles to life for the first time in many years. With great casting in the supporting roles, you are sure to enjoy this poignant masterpiece of Chikamatsu, performed in an easy-to-understand format.

    [Program 2]
    Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi : Keyamura

    The story features Keyamura no Rokusuke (Rokusuke in Keya village), a skilled swordsman who is said to have lived in Buzen province (presently the Fukuoka prefecture) when Toyotomi Hideyoshi was in power. It is often said that the character of Rokusuke is based on Miyamoto Musashi, a great sword master who immigrated to Kyushu. Rokusuke, who first met his master's daughter and fiancé Osono, learns that his master was caught in a surprised attack. Soon after, it turns out that the murderer of his master killed an old village woman by deceiving Rokusuke. Inflamed with rage, the honest and pure-minded Rokusuke seeks revenge against the murderer. The tale of these characters — Rokusuke, the sword master who lives secluded from the world while concealing his skills, Osono, a strong-spirited, good-natured woman with marvelous physical strength, and those surrounding the two — weaves a heartwarming story with humorous moments. Kataoka Nizaemon, highly acclaimed for his Gidayū Kyōgen performances, showcases the excellent piece together with his talented fellow cast members.

    Fumi Uri
    A beautiful kesōbumi-uri (vendor of love-letters) carrying plum tree branches in her hand, dances to the accompaniment of a Kiyomoto narrative that incorporates lines representing a quarrel between courtesans who are rivals in love. This piece features shaberi, a technique of dramatizing the gossip within the pleasure quarters in a light humorous manner expressed through dance, and you are sure to enjoy this elegant and glamorous piece by our outstanding performers.

    Sanja Matsuri
    This is a piece representing Kiyomoto dance. It features two fishermen showing off their cheerful and sophisticated dance moves at a good tempo. The performance includes the dance “Aku-zukushi, Zen-zukushi,” with the performers wearing the face masks of a bad guy and a good guy while weaving in other elements such as love stories from the pleasure quarters. We invite you to enjoy these fresh performances in which this young duo displays their sharp, refined dance techniques.