Kabuki Theatre in high definition on the big screen
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market, Calgary
200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary
12:55 pm Lion Dance, Kagamijishi
3:00 pm Kagotsurube, The Haunted Sword
Direct from Japan/Subtitled in English/Premiere presentation in Alberta
In association with Consulate General of Japan in Calgary
Presented by The Japan Foundation
Kabuki Theatre, with origins dating back to the 1600s, has remained steeped in tradition while constantly innovating. Live productions, featuring some of today’s greatest Kabuki stars, are now being filmed with the highest resolution cameras for screening in cinemas around the world on state-of-the-art digital projection systems and six-channel sound.
(a dance performance)
For the late Kanzaburo XVIII “Lion Dance” was the most precious gem of his family tradition. Danjuro XI, who created the piece, was the mentor of Kanzaburo’s grandfather, Kikugoro XI. Four generations of the best Kabuki actors of their eras nurtured “Kagami Jishi” and developed it into one of the best examples of the dance repertoire in Kabuki theatre. A single dancer conjures up a stunning contrast of two images: A young maiden in the Shogun’s castle is transformed by the spirit of the majestic Shishi, a mythical animal. The healthy, sophisticated eroticism of a young woman is conveyed by the dancer in the first part. She is noble, sensitive, yet coquettish at times. But, when the spirit of the ferocious Shishi takes over her body, the animal stamps the earth, and swings his mane in the air, celebrating the prosperity and glory of life.
Premiered in 1893
Written by Ochi Fukuchi
Composed by Shojiro Kineya III
Recorded live at Kabuki-za Theatre, Tokyo, 2009
70 min. (Introduction 10 min. + 59 min )
Subtitled in English
Kagotsurube, The Haunted Sword/Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame
(a story of the pleasure quarter)
On the main street of the Yoshiwara pleasure district the top courtesan Yatsuhashi makes a luxurious procession through the fully blooming cherry trees. Miraculously, she happens to smile at Jirozaemon, a country merchant in the crowd. Who would have ever imagined that this momentary encounter could be the cause of mass murder? A love triangle forces the courtesan to reject her best customer in the middle of a banquet — the most dishonourable humiliation of all. Jirozaemon seizes the haunted sword Kagotsurube, which inevitably invites bloodshed once it is drawn. Kanzaburo and Tamasaburo are joined by Nizaemon to form a dream cast for this Kabuki classic.
Written by Shinshichi Kawatake
Premiered in 1888
Directed for Cinema Kabuki by Hiroyuki Nakatani
Recorded live at Kabuki-za Theatre, Tokyo, 2010
Subtitled in English
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