This October, the ‘Crown Prince of Kabuki’ will be coming to Singapore to debut two new kabuki plays, Uwanari and Mimasu Kuruwa no Kasauri. Uwanari has not been performed in a hundred years will make its debut on the 17th of October in Singapore, making a significant moment in kabuki history.
The limited three-performance show will be running for two days on the 17th and 18th October at Marina Bay Sands.
I watched Ebizo last year when he first perform kabuki in Singapore. If you are fan of traditional theatre art and also a fan of Japanese culture. This is definitely something that you should not miss out.
A gifted performer with a commanding presence, Ebizo Ichikawa XI has been bringing back kabuki to the younger generation, and has gained a strong fan base both in Japan and internationally.
And way too excited to share with you that I am giving away one pair of tickets (worth S$145 each) to this show.
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. Though several of these plays continue to be performed in Japan, Uwanari had fallen out of the repertoire, at least until Ebizo Ichikawa XI chose to revive it.
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.
© Shinsuke Yasui Uwanari, which means “second wife” and “jealousy”, is a passionate 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.
Along with Uwanari, Ebizo Ichikawa XI will also be debuting a brand new piece in Singapore, Mimasu Kuruwa no Kasauri. Set in Edo, the old name for Tokyo, the performance is centred around an umbrella seller in the Yoshiwara district. With his fine wares and irresistible charisma, the umbrella seller charms passers-by into buying his umbrellas, and conducts a brisk business until he’s beset byruffians 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. In adazzling display of athletic prowess, Ishikawa Goemon soundly beats the thugs and sends themrunning, and is lauded as a hero by the entire district.
Tickets for Japan Theatre 2015 will go on sale on the 11th of July 2015 through Marina Bay Sands (marinabaysands.com/ticketing), and are priced at S$89, S$115, S$145, and S$185, and VIP tickets are selling for S$350.
17 October 2015 – Saturday 3pm & 7:30pm
18 October 2015 – Sunday 3pm
Answer by commenting below: What are the titles of the 2 kabuki plays that will be performed by the ‘Crown Prince of Kabuki’, Ebizo Ichikawa XI?
Terms and Conditions:
- Winner will be selected by 29 Sept 2015.
- Only one winner will be selected to get one pair of tickets (worth S$145 each) to the performance.
- There is no age limit for audience entry
- Note that the show does not permit photography nor videography during the performance
- Reselling of complimentary tickets are prohibited.
- The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the terms and conditions.
Congratulations to Janni who has won the giveaway.
Winner will be contacted via email and will have to reply with your details within 3 days. If not, organisers reserve the right to choose another winner. I will go down the list should the first winner not respond. Thank you all for taking part!