The third in a series of performances aiming to pass on and create new developments in traditional performing arts focuses on Bunraku.
Venue : South Hall
Cast and Creative
Performers: Kanjuro Kiritake and supporting cast
Chanters: Tsukomadayu Takemoto, Hirotayu Takemoto, and more
Shamisen: Keisuke Tsuruzawa, Tozo Tsurusawa, and more
Puppeteers: Kanjuro Kiritake, Tamao Yoshida, Kanya Yoshida, and more
Supervisor: Yuichi Kinoshita
Performances: “Tsume Moyou Yumeji no Kadomatsu,” “Konoshitakage Hazama Gassen” (Takenaka Toride no Dan)
Born in 1953 in Osaka, Kanjuro Kiritake’s father was the Living National Treasure puppeteer Kanjuro Kiritake II and his sister is the actor Kyoko Mitsubayashi. In 1967, he became a trainee puppeteer at the Bunraku-kyokai and studied under Living National Treasure Minosuke Yoshida. The following year he made his stage debut at the Osaka Mainichi Hall. He performs with puppets in male roles that he learned from his father as well as female roles that he learned from a famous master of such roles. In 2003, he assumed his stage name of Kanjuro Kiritake. In addition to his performance work, he leads workshops, premieres new work, and runs the Nose Ningyojoruri Rokkakuze puppet theatre. He was the recipient of the 2008 Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Art Encouragement Prize. His many other accolades include the Medal with Purple Ribbon, 66th Japan Art Academy Prize, and the 38th Traditional Culture Pola Prize for Excellence.
Born in 1985 in Wakayama City, Yuichi Kinoshita heard Kamigata Rakugo when he was in third grade of elementary school, inspiring him to start teaching himself Rakugo and leading to his interests in classical theatre as well as the contemporary stage. In 2006, he established the company Kinoshita-Kabuki, which stages updates on classic Japanese plays that Kinoshita himself directs, revises, and supervises. Its revival of “Sannin Kichisa” in 2015 was nominated for a Yomiuri Theatre Award for the first half of 2015. His 2016 staging of “Kanjincho” earned him the Agency for Cultural Affairs New Artist Award. He was a recipient of a Kyoto City Arts and Culture Special Encouragement Grant in 2017. He is a junior fellow of the Saison Foundation. He works prolifically as a writer and educator about traditional performing arts. His recent output includes revisions to the Shibuya Cocoon Kabuki production “Kirare Yosa” in 2018.
Presented by Kyoto City, ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto City Music Arts and Culture Promotion Foundation)
Planned and produced by ROHM Theatre Kyoto
Production support from Kinoshita-Kabuki, Juraisha
Special Sponsor: Inamori Foundation
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in fiscal 2019
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Ticket PricesReserved seating
1F (25 and Under): ¥4,000
2F (25 and Under): ¥2,000
On sale: Wednesday 16 October 2019
For 25 and Under tickets, proof of age is required when collecting tickets from the box office before the performance.
Tickets Available from
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