EBIZO ICHIKAWA XI
, scion of Japan’s oldest kabuki family, returns to Singapore on the 17th and 18th of October.
Travelling with Japan Theatre, Japan’s ‘Prince of Kabuki’ will be putting on a limited three-performance run of two kabuki plays
that have never been seen before, Uwanari and Mimasu Kuruwa no Kasauri. While the latter is a brand new piece created specially for
the Singaporean performance, Uwanari has not been performed in a hundred years. Now, after lying dormant for a century, this old classic
will be reborn on the stage of The Grand Theatre at the Marina Bay Sands
and its debut
in Singapore marks a significant moment in kabuki history.
First performed in 1699 by Danjuro Ichikawa I, Uwanari is one of the famed Kabuki Jūhachiban, a set of eighteen kabuki plays
that epitomise the Ichikawa family’s acting style. Uwanari, which means “second wife” and “jealousy”, is a torrid tale of
jealousy, hate, and love. In it, a man divorces his wife and marries another woman. But while the newlyweds enjoy marital
bliss, the jilted wife fumes, and plots her revenge on her ex-husband and the woman who replaced her. Passions will flare
and dark schemes will bloom in this in riveting play, all told through impassioned dance.
Mimasu Kuruwa no Kasauri is a brand new play created for Singapore. A charming well-liked umbrella seller earns brisk business
until he’s beset by ruffians who want a piece of his profits. However, their attempt at intimidation backfires when the umbrella
seller reveals himself to be Ishikawa Goemon, Japan’s greatest thief and outlaw. Ishikawa Goemon soundly beats the thugs and
sends them running, and is lauded as a hero by the entire district.
October 17 - Octover 18
This October, audiences will not only be amazed and delighted by one of Japan’s best living kabuki practitioners, but, with the
revival of Uwanari and the debut of Mimasu Kuruwa no Kasauri, will also have the opportunity to witness history being made.
Saturday, Oct 17 - 3:00pm
Sunday, Oct 18 - 3:00pm
Price of Admission:
(Excludes booking fee)
|* VIP Tickets: First 5 rows in cement block + photo opportunity with Maiko (Japanese traditional performers) & free souvenir