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August at the Minamiza Theatre

August at the Minamiza Theatre

Daily: Aug 2 (Mon) - Aug 24 (Tue), 2021

Cast for Program A: 2:00 PM

Cast for Program B: 2:00 PM

*No performances on the 10th (Tue) and the 16th (Mon).

Schedule

[Important Notice]
●Notification of the theatre operations for the August and September performances(Aug 19)

●Notification of the theatre operations for the August performances(Aug 2)

●Precautionary Measures at the Minamiza Theatre

Time Schedule

On sale: from Jun 10 (Thu), 2021 10:00AM(JST)

Special Seat: 17,000 / First Class: 16,000 /
Second Class: 8,000 / Third Class: 5,000
Unit: Japanese Yen (tax included)
*Children over the age of 4 must purchase tickets to enter.

Minamiza Theatre (at KYOTO) Theatre Information

In August a special dance performance featuring Bandō Tamasaburō will continue at the Minamiza Theatre, but the program of dances will be different from that in July.
It begins with a celebratory work, followed by a dance drama by the famous playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon which is based on Japanese mythology.
Please come and enjoy these two splendid and impressive dances.

Performance Time:2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

TSURU KAME

['The Crane and the Tortoise']

CAST :
Empress
Bandō Tamasaburō
Tortoise
Nakamura Fukunosuke
Crane
Nakamura Utanosuke
STORY :

The brilliant spring festival is held in the palace at the New Year and a crane and a tortoise perform an auspicious dance in the presence of the Empress as a dedication of long life. The crane is said to live for a thousand years and the tortoise is said to live for ten thousand. Together, they are a traditional symbol of longevity.
This dance borrows lyrics from a play of the same title, setting them to 'Nagauta' music. The piece is a representative work of festive kabuki dance. Enjoy the beauty and elegance of this courtly masterpiece.


Intermission: 25 minutes

Performance Time: 2:40 PM - 3:35 PM

NIHON FURISODE HAJIME

['Susano'o vanquishes the eight-headed serpent']

CAST :
Princess Iwanaga, in reality an eight-headed serpent
Bandō Tamasaburō
The god Susano'o
Nakamura Hashinosuke
A double of the serpent
Nakamura Fukunosuke
A double of the serpent
Nakamura Utanosuke
Princess Inada
Kawai Yukinojō
STORY :

This dance is a rare example of a story from ancient Japanese mythology that was turned into a puppet play by Chikamatsu Monzaemon, and later adapted for the kabuki theatre.
As part of a terrible annual ritual, Princess Inada has been chosen to be sacrificed to a fierce serpent that lives in the mountains of Izumo. The serpent arrives in the guise of a beautiful princess, but before it can attack, it is distracted by eight jars that are placed nearby, each filled with saké. Exceptionally fond of saké, the serpent cannot resist the temptation to drink it all. In fact, however, the jars were a trap planted by the god Susano'o. Finally, he appears to save the princess and confront the beast in its true form as an eight-headed serpent.

Performance Time:2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

TSURU KAME

['The Crane and the Tortoise']

CAST :
Empress
Bandō Tamasaburō
Tortoise
Nakamura Hashinosuke
Crane
Nakamura Utanosuke
STORY :

The brilliant spring festival is held in the palace at the New Year and a crane and a tortoise perform an auspicious dance in the presence of the Empress as a dedication of long life. The crane is said to live for a thousand years and the tortoise is said to live for ten thousand. Together, they are a traditional symbol of longevity.
This dance borrows lyrics from a play of the same title, setting them to 'Nagauta' music. The piece is a representative work of festive kabuki dance. Enjoy the beauty and elegance of this courtly masterpiece.


Intermission: 25 minutes

Performance Time: 2:40 PM - 3:35 PM

NIHON FURISODE HAJIME

['Susano'o vanquishes the eight-headed serpent']

CAST :
Princess Iwanaga, in reality an eight-headed serpent
Bandō Tamasaburō
The god Susano'o
Nakamura Fukunosuke
A double of the serpent
Nakamura Hashinosuke
A double of the serpent
Nakamura Utanosuke
Princess Inada
Kawai Yukinojō
STORY :

This dance is a rare example of a story from ancient Japanese mythology that was turned into a puppet play by Chikamatsu Monzaemon, and later adapted for the kabuki theatre.
As part of a terrible annual ritual, Princess Inada has been chosen to be sacrificed to a fierce serpent that lives in the mountains of Izumo. The serpent arrives in the guise of a beautiful princess, but before it can attack, it is distracted by eight jars that are placed nearby, each filled with saké. Exceptionally fond of saké, the serpent cannot resist the temptation to drink it all. In fact, however, the jars were a trap planted by the god Susano'o. Finally, he appears to save the princess and confront the beast in its true form as an eight-headed serpent.