Kinoshita-Kabuki

Sanninkichisa

Kinoshita-Kabuki’s modern re-telling of three men who resist fate and the might of society on the cusp of a new era

Kinoshita-Kabuki, a Kyoto-based company, seeks a new understanding of Kabuki. The company collaborates and produces work with different directors under the supervision of Yuichi Kinoshita. For this year, Kinoshita-Kabuki takes on the challenge of the work of Kawatake Mokuami, the great playwright who formed the foundation of Kabuki. The play they chose is Sanninkichisa, full of Kabuki allure such as rhythmical lines and a dazzling stylistic beauty. Kinoshita’s interpretation of Sanninkichisa is not merely a sad story of three outlaws who happen to have the same name, Kichisa. Reviving the narrative of the two communities surrounding the three men, which has been edited out in recent Kabuki performances, the piece captures the complex human drama and contemporaneousness of the original work. Directed by Kunio Sugihara who also directed last year’s Sambaso, Kinoshita’s in-depth research and reading of the original texts and Sugihara’s critical yet festive direction discover anew Sanninkichisa, questioning anew Mokuami, Kabuki, and the origin of Japanese contemporary theater.

YEAR
2014
DATES
10.11(Sat)-10.12(Sun)
VENUE
Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza
DURATION
4h. 30min. (with intervals)
LANGUAGE
Japanese
CATEGORY
Supervision and revisionsYuichi Kinoshita
Direction and stage designKunio Sugihara
TextKawatake Mokuami
CastWataru Omura, Kazuki Ohashi, Ryo Horikoshi / Masaki Murakami, Fumi Kumakawa, Sayuri Fujii / Kenichi Tsukagoshi, bable, Masakazu Morita, Fumie Midorikawa, Ayako Otera, Issei Mori / Yuki Tanaka, Megumi Takizawa / Kimio Taketani
Stage managerNobuaki Oshika
Lighting designNami Nakayama
Sound designDaisuke Hoshino
Costumes designKyoko Fujitani
Carriage adviserChika
Literary advisorAyumi Seki
Revisions assistantTakatoshi Inagaki
Assistant directionTetsuya Iwasawa, Minami Suzuki
Publicity designHiroshi Toyama
Production coordinationMai Hongo
ProductionKinoshita-Kabuki
Co-productionKyoto Experiment
In co-operation withAyamejuhachiban, KAKIKUUKYAKU, Steep Slope Studio, cube inc., KUNIO, gkd-444, Soundwheeze, Seinendan, Taiwan Okazaki Art Theatre, DULL-COLORED POP, TEAM▷Libido Daisenso, Hanagumi Shibai, PAPALUWA, HANCHU-YUEI, FAIFAI (快快)
Supported bythe Agency for Cultural affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2014, The Saison Foundation
Presented byKyoto Experiment