Nakamura Kanzaburo XVIII is joined by his two sons, Kantaro II and, Shichinosuke II, and his famed theater troupe for these performances that return the Kabuki art form to its original bawdy roots in street theater.
Kanzaburo Nakamura XVIII and over 80 members of the Heisei Nakamura-za Kabuki troupe of Tokyo's appearance at the Warner Theatre begins with a single performance of Renjishi, the legend of a father lion teaching his children about the rigors of survival. This vibrant piece closes with a dance, featuring extravagant costumes and vivid leonine masks. The company goes on to present ten performances of Nakawa Shimesuke’s Hokaibo, a work showcasing Kanzaburo as the central character, a rascal with the shaved head and garb of a priest, but the appetites and adventures of a cunning rogue.
Performed in Japanese. English synopsis provided on complimentary headsets.
Heisei Nakamura-Za Kabuki in Washington Web Site
Detailed schedule information:
2:00 pm and 7:00 pm