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Friday, Aug. 22, 2003


Shows to honor kabuki history

The Edo-Tokyo Museum will be staging a kabuki play and dance Sept. 5-15 (except Sept. 8) to mark the 350th anniversary of the birth of Japan's greatest dramatist and the 400th anniversary of the first kabuki performance in Kyoto.

The performances, part of celebrations for the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the Tokugawa Shogunate, will feature one act from "Nebiki no Kadomatsu," originally written by Chikamatsu Monzaeomon (1653-1724), and the kabuki dance "Bungo Dojoji," which was first performed by a woman named Okuni from Izumo.

Before the show, kabuki actor Matsumoto Kotaro will lead the audience through a workshop on how to shout encouragement to kabuki actors as they perform.

The Chikamatsu piece, written when the author was 66 years old, will feature Matsumoto, Nakamura Sukegoro, Nakamura Kamenojo, Nakamura Kyotae and Sawamura Kunya. "Nebiki no Kadomatsu" is classified as a sewamono, a realistic drama about contemporary life, and addresses love among family members. Rarely seen, it was last performed in 1967. "Bungo Dojoji," to be performed by Nakamura Kyotoe, was first staged in 1980.

The workshop and performances will be held twice each day, at noon and 4:30 p.m., on the first floor of the museum, near JR Ryogoku Station.

Tickets are 3,000 yen and 3,500 yen in advance (3,200 yen and 3,700 yen at the door) and can be obtained from Kabuki Koen Jimukyoku at (03) 3544-4911 and Ticket Pia at 0570-02-9999 or 0570-02-9988.

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