Sambaso

Kabuki dance ‘Sambaso’ is a comic performance based on Noh performance ‘Okina’ (old man). ’Okina’ is known as a highly ritualized performance. It predicts world peace and copious crops, and celebrates them. However, Noh ‘Okina’ also used to be a comic performance. After the former serious performance, an old man makes his entrance and performs humorously. Just as Noh ‘Sambaso’, played by Kyogen performers, Okina once assumed the role of ridiculousness. This work is created to explore a new interpretation of some traditional rituals without specific narratives. Especially this repertoire has been recreated funnier and funnier from generation to generation. Inheriting the structure of a Noh performance, the work adapts the original. For example, it features Sambaso, who is a supporting player in the original, as the main character. Kabuki method enabled the Noh theater piece to change into an accessible performance. Sugihara also revitalizes ‘Sambaso’ with a fine balance and a sense of caricature and showmanship. It is a ceremonial ritual of today, celebrating the primitive sense of exaltation in the performing arts.

Cast/Staff

Supervisor:Yuichi Kinoshita
Direction:Kunio Sugihara
Music:Taichi Kaneko
Choreography:Wataru Kitao
Cast:Wataru Kitao,Ryotaro Sakaguchi,Masataka Uchiumi

Photos

Photo by Tsuyoshi Yamada
Photo by Tsuyoshi Yamada
Photo by Tsuyoshi Yamada
Photo by Tsuyoshi Yamada
Photo by Tsuyoshi Yamada
Photo by Tsuyoshi Yamada
Photo by Tsuyoshi Yamada
Photo by Tsuyoshi Yamada
Photo by Tsuyoshi Yamada

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