- Performing Arts
- September 13 - 19, 2018 (no performance on September 17)
SHOCHIKU GRAND KABUKI
Highly anticipated Japanese Kabuki theater returns to Paris for the first time in eleven years!
Renowned Kabuki stars Nakamura Shido and Nakamura Shichinosuke make their debut at Théâtre National de Chaillot.
Kabuki is a prominent Japanese traditional performing art that originated in the 17th century Edo Period and continues to thrive today. It is presented in many parts of the country, especially at the Kabuki-za Theatre in Tokyo where performances are staged throughout the year.
The traditions of Kabuki have been handed down from generation to generation, integrating new and current trends and producing excellent actors and conceiving new masterpieces. Eleven years since the last full-scale Kabuki performance in France, Nakamura Shido and Nakamura Shichinosuke, the two stars representing the future Kabuki generation present a performance filled with aesthetics and refined stylization highly unique to traditional Kabuki.
Iromoyo Chotto Karimame – Kasane
At the end of an illicit love affair, Yoemon and lady-in-waiting Kasane decide to commit double suicide on the bank of the Kinegawa River of Hanyu Village in Shimousa Province, where they see a skull with a scythe stuck in its eye socket and a wooden grave marker floating on the river. Recognizing that the skull belonged to a man he had killed, Yoemon is gripped with fear and breaks the marker. In that moment, Kasane begins to writhe in agony with her hand over her face. The first act portrays the charm of the handsome couple, Kasane is killed in the middle of the performance, and the performance reaches its peak as the vengeful spirit of Kasane tightly grips Yoemon as he tries to run away. It is a masterpiece of dramatic dance that epitomizes the stylized beauty of kabuki.
Kabuki Juhachiban Narukami
During the Heian preiod (794-1185), high priest Narukami, who held a grudge against the Imperial Court, confines all of the world’s dragon gods under a waterfall, causing a drought. The Emperor sends princess Kumonotaema-hime to Narukami to break his seal and bring back the rain. The story depicts sexual passion between a man and a woman with a well-defined plot where the princess seduces the high priest with her sensual beauty, leading him to depravation and transgression. It is a piece full of highlights, with a contrast of quaint and serene dialogue in the first half and dynamic aragoto acting with exaggerated postures in the second half.
September 13 – 19, 2018 (no performance on September 17)
Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse
The Japan Foundation, Théâtre national de Chaillot, Agency for Cultural Affairs
Festival d’Automne à Paris
SHOCHIKU Co., Ltd.
・In conjunction with：Nakamura Shido , Nakamura Shichinosuke , and others