Yoshitsune Senbonzakura

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Supervision and Revision Yuichi Kinoshita
Chief Director Junnosuke Tada at TOKYO DEATHLOCK
Direction Momoko Shiraga at Momonga complex, Kunio Sugihara at KUNIO, Kinoshita-Kabuki
Premier Kyoto Performing Arts Center Shunjyu-za, May 13 to 17 2012, 6 performances Yokohama Nigiwai-za, May 27 to 30 2012 5 performances
Cast Aki, Hanae Ishimoto at Wangnin Bunmei Ayako Otera, Wataru Omura at kaki-kuu-kyaku Atsuko Ogawa at YUGURESHA YOWAOKOTO UNIT Natsumi Kuroki, Makoto Sato at SEINENDAN, Tokyo Dethlock, Watanabegenjiroshoten Izumi Sayama at Tokyo Dethlock, SEINENDAN Hiroshi Shigeoka at SEINENDAN Sato Shimizu Ayumi Seki Yuko Takahashi at toi Yoko Tachikura at SEINENDAN Chika at Nenemu 中島真央 中林 舞 at FAIFAI Saki Namba at Namba Sisters Miho Hukahori, Ritsuko Mano at Tokyo Dethlock Shintaro miyazaki Kazuo Mori Koji Yamasaki at FAIFAI
Staff Stage design: Kunio Sugihara Lighting: Hiroyuki Ito Sound: Mai Takahashi Costume: Rie Usui Costume in cooperation with: 山下彩瑚 Director Assistant: Kanae Sugi, Ai Tohtoumi, Tetsuya Iwasawa Stage manager: Ryota Kakehi Advertising art: Hiroshi Toyama Production coordinator: Mai Hongo, Kaori Koyama
Production cooperation with ateier GEKKEN
In cooperation with Kyoto University of Art and Design Kyoto Performing Arts Center, NISHI-SUGAMO ARTS FACTORY
Subsidized by ASAHI GROUP ARTS FOUNDATION, Japan Arts Fund
Performance in Kyoto –
Cosponsored by
Kyoto University of Art and Design Ph.D. course production
Performance in Yokohama –
Cosponsored by
Sakaagari Scholarship/ Steep Slope Studio, Noge-schale at Yokohama Nigiwai-za, ST SPOT
Sakaagari Scholarship prize winning performance
Sakaagari Scholarship 5th, Yokohama Nigiwai-za 10th after theatre opening memorial performance
Planning・Production・Presented by Kinoshita Kabuki


Kinoshitakabuki co-worked with three directors to challenge all part performance for one of the three Kabuki master pieces as the final compilation of “Kyoto – Yokohama Project”. Junnosuke Tada worked for 2nd act “Tokaiya / Daimotunoura” and Kunio Sugihara worked for 3rd act “Kokingo uchijinishi / Shiinoki / Sushiya”, Momoko Shiraga worked for 4th act “Yoshinoyama”- dancing part and three directors co-worked for “Kawatsura hougen Yakata as known as Shinokiri” – ending part. Each parts are re-directed and came in 4hour and 45minutes of full-length piece. In contrast to current popular Kabuki, which tend to perform each acts separately, Konoshita kabuki dare to perform all acts thoroughly in present work. Kinoshitakabuki re-interprets “Yoshitsune senbon zakura” as “We/ Yoshitsune meet thousands of/ senbon, people/ zakura, cherry blossom trees”, and recreates as an omnibus style Kabuki show. In Tada’s work, the original time setting, turbulent period due to a long war between two major warrior clans is synchronized with current Japanese society after 3.11, the huge earth quake in northern region. And the classic drama was sublimated as a contemporary theatre based on the strong sociality. In Sugihara’s work, several Kabuki stage direction method are appropriated poppy and critically. And the absurd world of Kabuki story is compared with current poor relations like modern peoples, to be re-created as a humane drama. In Shirag’s work, embodiment of Kabuki-buyo, Western ballet, or Contemporary dance are compared and/or fusioned. “Japanese traditional embodiment and formalism for expression” which have been eliminated was reconfirmed and her original “Form of dance” is structured. As a result of re-interpretation based on thought and method of three directors with an aspect, “Japan”, several “Modernity” have unveiled from the classic master piece. It is literally a master piece.


©Toshihiro Shimizu



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