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Kinoshita-Kabuki

Kanjincho

Kinoshita-Kabuki, Kanjincho, 2016, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue

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Celebrating ten years of contemporary kabuki, a respectful yet bold take on a classic masterpiece

Kinoshita-Kabuki puts a uniquely present-day spin on kabuki. Working with contemporary theater directors, the company brings out all the possibilities of classical drama for modern audiences. Ten years on, it shows no signs of letting up as Yuichi Kinoshita continues to adapt and supplement the classics based on exhaustive understanding of the original materials. This production is a reworking of one premiered in Kyoto in 2010, and part of Kinoshita-Kabuki’s two-year project to stage major works from the kabuki repertory. The much-performed Kanjincho is a staple, famous especially for its memorable portrayal of the loyalty of Benkei for his master, Yoshitsune.

For the first time, Kinoshita-Kabuki has here developed a production not just in Kyoto but also in Yokohama, and kicked off rehearsals with an exact imitation of the kabuki version. As such, this is a commemorative production that fully establishes the company’s style until now. Known for dazzling audiences with up-to-date adaptations of kabuki, this staging of Kanjincho is both the culmination of a decade of experimentation and also an opportunity to see the new directions the company is taking.

Kinoshita-Kabuki, Kanjincho, 2016, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Kinoshita-Kabuki, Kanjincho, 2016, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Kinoshita-Kabuki, Kanjincho, 2016, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Kinoshita-Kabuki, Kanjincho, 2016, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Kinoshita-Kabuki, Kanjincho, 2016, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Kinoshita-Kabuki, Kanjincho, 2016, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Kinoshita-Kabuki, Kanjincho, 2016, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Kinoshita-Kabuki, Kanjincho, 2016, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue
YEAR
2016 AUTUMN
DATES
11.3(Thu)-11.6(Sun)
VENUE
Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza
DURATION
80min.
LANGUAGE
Japanese with English surtitles
CITY
Kyoto, Japan
CATEGORY

Yuichi Kinoshita

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Yuichi Kinoshita was born in 1985, in Wakayama Prefecture. Kinoshita was shocked by a Kamigatastyle rakugo performance in his childhood. Based on this initial experience, he became interested in Japanese classical theater. He studied modern theater at Kyoto University of Art and Design. In 2006, he founded the theater company Kinoshita-Kabuki, which performs modern versions of classical theater. In the company, Kinoshita works with stage directors to supervise and supplement the original texts. His recent work includes Yoshitsune Senbonzakura (2012) and Sanninkichisa (2014-2015). Kinoshita is also active as a writer and lecturer on classical theater, and is also currently working on a doctoral thesis about Tetsuji Takechi’s kabuki. Kinoshita is the recipient of multiple awards and grants, including a Saison Foundation Junior Fellowship (2014-2016).

Kunio Sugihara

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Director and stage designer Kunio Sugihara was born in Tokyo in 1982, and grew up in Chigasaki, Kanagawa. He is the artistic director of KUNIO and a member of Kinoshita-Kabuki. He studied performing arts at Kyoto University of Art and Design, where he launched his theater career. In 2004, he founded KUNIO, whose productions include Eugène Ionesco’s The Chairs (co-produced with Ai Hall in Itami), Tony Kushner’s eight-hour Angels in America, and a newly translated
version of Hamlet based on the First Quarto text. He has directed nine productions for Kinoshita-Kabuki, including Sambaso, Sanninkichisa and Yoshitsune Senbonzakura. A natural fan of festivals, he has also served as director of Summit, a festival organized at Komaba Agora Theater, as well as devising the concept for the Kyoto Experiment Fringe program (2010-2012).

Supervision and revisionsYuichi Kinoshita
Direction and stage designKunio Sugihara
CastLee The 5th, Ryotaro Sakaguchi, Noemi Takayama, Yasuhiro Okano, Kazunori Kameshima, Hiroshi Shigeoka, Yuya Ogaki
MusicTaichi Master
ChoreographySei Kigawa
Stage managerNobuaki Oshika, Michiko Tanaka
LightingHiroyuki Ito
SoundDaisuke Hoshino
CostumesKyoko Fujitani
Carriage adviserAkiju Wakasa
Lighting assistantKazuya Yoshida
Revisions assistantTakatoshi Inagaki
Assistant directionTetsuya Iwasawa, Miki Nakamura, Yae Yamamichi
TransportationHoriuchi Unso
Literary advisorAyumi Seki
Publicity designHiroshi Toyama
Surtitles translationChristopher Gregory
Production coordinationMai Hongo, Asami Hori, Chiharu Misu
In co-operation withMinami Suzuki, Gaijyu Company, Steep Slope Studio, CUBE. Inc., KUNIO, krei inc., Soundwheeze, Seinendan, chicotsu, DEPAY’S MAN, FAIFAI, mahiru, Mrs.fictions, libido:, letre, lolo
Planned byKinoshita-Kabuki
Presented byKyoto Experiment

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