Narukami Fudo Kitayama Zakuraat : Hakataza
2009.10.02 - 2009.10.26
Narukami Fudo Kitayama Zakura first appeared in Osaka for the January program in 1742 by Ichikawa Danjuro II (1688 – 1758) as a showcase for Edo acting and the acting style of the Ichikawa family. It features the play Narukami that was created by Ichikawa Danjuro I (1660 – 1704) that is an archetypical play for the bombastic aragoto style of acting. Aragoto is a style that combines exaggerated movements, make-up and costume to show superhuman characters. Narukami shows how betrayal causes a holy man to become a violent Shinto thunder god. The play also features Kenuki, which was written for Danjuro II and shows how the techniques and plot devices of aragoto could also be used to show a human character.
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