大江戸寄席と花街のおどり その九

江戸の町人文化の中で花開いた落語や寄席芸と、花柳界に伝わる芸者衆のおどりと演奏をお楽しみください。

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Oedo Vaudeville Show and Traditional Geisha Dances IX

Performance Information

Date

Sunday, 1st September, 2019, at 3:00pm. (Doors open at 2:30pm)

Venue

National Theatre Large Theatre
(4-1 Hayabusa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8656)

Access

By Subway

5 minutes walk from Hanzomon Station Exit 1,Exit 6(Hanzomon Line).
8 minutes walk from Nagatacho station Exit 4(Yurakucho/Hanzomon/Namboku Line ).

Parking Available

¥500 till the end of the performance.

Program & Performers

ENGLISH AUDIO GUIDES ARE AVAILABLE !

Part 1 is a short version of Japanese traditional vaudeville show “Yose”.

The opening performance is “Kodan” which is  a professional storytelling of traditional Japanese tales that dates back to the 17th century.  Popular themes are the Japanese historical dramas such as exploits of warriors, stories of civil wars and vengeance.  It once was more popular than “Rakugo”, a comic storytelling art which is very popular these days.  After suffering a long period of declining popularity, it has regained its power thanks to the vibrant appearance of lady storytellers, who comprises about a half of the whole Kodan storytellers today.
ICHIRYUSAI Teiju is one of the promising young Kodan storytellers.

Next comes the “Kyokugoma”, a traditional stage act using tops.  The performance of course is fun to watch, but notice also the beautiful tools, the traditional tops.  They, too, are pieces of art !!

The main part of the show comes the last, the “Rakugo” performance.  Rakugo is a Japanese traditional comic story-telling, reflecting the bittersweet sentiments of the common people.
YANAGIYA Kyotaro is a talented disciple of YANAGIYA Sankyo who is an expert in Ninjobanashi, or  stories with sentimental, human interest.

Part 2 features beautiful traditional dances performed by geisha dancers from six entertainment districts in Tokyo.  The music will be played by geisha musicians.
There will be a demonstration of “Ozashiki-asobi”, a game played with geisha in “ozashiki”, a place to hold private banquets in a traditional Japanese style.
There also will be a comic performance by “Hokan”, a professional male entertainer.

Part1   Oedo Vaudeville Show

Kodan ICHIRYUSAI Teiju
Kyokugoma MIMASU Monnosuke
Rakugo YANAGIYA Kyotaro
一龍斎貞寿
ICHIRYUSAI Teiju

Kodan storyteller.  After a short career as an actress and narrator, became a disciple of ICHIRYUSAI Teishin.Became a “Shinn-uchi”, a Kodan headliner in 2017

三増紋之助
MIMASU Monnosuke

Born in 1963, and joins the Theater France at Asakusa in 1982.

Became a disciple of MIMASU Monnya in 1985.

In 1992, joins the Rakugo association as a member of HAYASHIYA Konpei company.

柳家喬太郎
YANAGIYA Kyotaro

Born in 1963.  After working in a bookstore, became a disciple of YANAGIYA Sankyo in 1989.

In 2000, became a Rakugo headliner.

Has won numerous prizes as Rakugo storyteller and also as a creator of new Rakugo stories, and also acts on stage and in films.

Has been a member of the board of directors of Rakugo association since 2014.
 

Part2   Traditional Geisha Dance

Directed by ONOE Kikushiro.

Geisha dancers and musicians from 6 entertainment districts in Tokyo,
namely Shinbashi, Akasaka, Asakusa, Kagurazaka, Yoshicho and Mukojima,
and “Hokan” or a male entertainer SAKURAGAWA Hachiko.

*Contents and performers are subject to change without notice.

芸者全体

Guide to 6 Entertainment Districts of Tokyo

Shimbashi
The history of the Shimbashi entertainment district starts towards the end of the Edo era (in late 1860's), which continued to enjoy its prosperity after the Meiji restoration in 1868.
Shimbashi soon became the center of stylish modern culture.
On the other hand, the geishas worked hard on traditional music and dance entertainments, and they built a new theater for their performance called Shimbashi Enbujo in 1925.
The opening performance was called, "Azuma Odori", a grand dance review performed by the Shimbashi geishas ever since then till now.
Akasaka
Akasaka was known for its beautiful landscape.
In the early 1600's, there were fresh water ponds around Akasaka. Lotus flowers were planted and fish from the Biwako Lake near Kyoto were released.
In mid 18th century, extravagant restaurants called "Rusui-chaya" were built. Akasaka served as an exclusive amusement area for the chief retainers of the feudal lords .
In Meiji era (1868-1912), geishas started to attend the banquets held in these restaurants.
The first "Akasaka Odori", a dance show performed by Akasaka geishas, was held in 1949.
Since 2008, the show is held at TBS Akasaka ACT Theater which is located within the district.
Asakusa
The history of Asakusa entertainment district starts in mid 17th century.
Together with the most famous Buddhist temple in eastern Japan, Sensoji temple, located in its
heart, drawing people from all over the country, Asakusa became the thriving amusement center in Tokyo.
After the World War II, they worked hard to reconstruct the town, and started a big dance show called "Asaji-kai" at the Sumida theater.
It has grown to a big event of the area, and in 1995 the Asakusa Tourism Federation became one of the organizers of this dance event  named "Asakusa Odori".
Kagurazaka
Kagurazaka is said to be named after "kagura", meaning sacred music and dance performed at Shinto shrines.
With many shrines and temples such as Bishamonten located in the area, the Kagurazaka entertainment district grew as many worshippers visited from all over Japan.
In spring, the Kagurazaka geishas perform in the traditional dance show called "Kagurazaka Odori”.
Yoshicho
Yoshicho, the present Nihonbashi Ningyocho, was founded as the oldest entertainment district of Tokyo in 1617, shortly after the city of Edo (old name for Tokyo) was announced as the capital of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
During the Meiji Restoration period, at the end of the 1860's, Yoshicho area experienced a big change.
There was a wholesale district nearby, and the whole area began to flourish with many merchants coming and going from all over Japan.
After the rapid economic growth of Japan in the 1960's, Yoshicho entertainment district gradually declined. 
Yoshicho geisha still perform the traditional dance and music to contribute to the preservation of the tradition.
Mukojima
During the reign of Shogun Yoshimune, cherry trees were planted to make this area a major resort for people of Edo (old name for Tokyo).
The entertainment district of Mukojima reached its peak at the end of the 19th century.
Nowadays, we can still see numerous scenes and occasions that remind us of Edo period.
Today, the geishas of Mukojima run a tea house called “Geigi Chaya" during the cherry blossom season.

Ticket information

S ¥5,000
A ¥4,000
A(Students) ¥2,000
3rd floor(same-day ticket) ¥1,000(Adults) / ¥500(Students)
*Tax-inclusive price
*No entry for children under 6 years old.
*Student ID cards are required to buy student tickets.
*Tickets for wheelchair accessible seats, please contact the “Vaudeville Show and Geisha Dances”administration office.03-6379-2177(weekdays,10am-6pm)

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T  E  L        :03-6379-2177
F  A  X       :03-5355-1278
e-mail         :oedo@votre.co.jp

Credit

Organized by Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Supported by and in cooperation with Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Coproduced by Japan Arts Council (National Theatre,National Engei Hall)
Cooperated by The Asahi Shimbun Company