Monday, September 14, 2015

Ebizo Ichikawa XI’s Japan Theatre Comes to Singapore + WIN Kabuki Show Tickets

Ebizo Ichikawa XI. If you are a Kabuki fan {or live in Japan since he is very popular there!}, you would have definitely heard his name. If not, you must have at least heard of the Japanese performance art form - Kabuki {歌舞伎}.

It is recognised as one of Japan's three major classical style of Japanese drama, along with Noh and Bunraku, and is known for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers. The actors speak in a monotone voice and are accompanied by traditional instruments while the Kabuki stage is equipped with several gadgets, such as revolving stages and trapdoors through which the actors can appear and disappear. In 2005, it was also added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Originating from the Edo period at the beginning of the seventeenth century, both men and women acted in Kabuki plays but eventually only male actors performed the plays: a tradition that has remained to the present day. Male actors specialising in women’s roles are called onnagata {女形・女方}. Two other major role types are aragoto {荒事, rough style where actors use exaggerated speech & action) and wagoto {和事, soft style where actors use more toned-down and realistic}.

Kabuki is something that is uniquely Japanese. A lot of foreigners traveling to Japan will most likely not get a chance to see a Kabuki play as only less than a handful of Kabuki theatres e.g. Kabukiza Theatre in Tokyo, hold shows daily. Most just have a two - five runs per year, each lasting a few weeks to a month so you really have to be in the right place at the right time.

Fortunately, this October, Kabuki is coming to Singapore. How exciting!!!

Ebizo Ichikawa XI, one of today’s most popular kabuki stars & scion of Japan’s oldest kabuki family, is coming here with Japan Theatre. They will be performing two Kabuki plays that have never been seen before, Uwanari and Mimasu Kuruwa no Kasauri. There will only be 3 shows available!

First performed in 1699, 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.

Uwanari, which means “second wife” and “jealousy”, is a torrid 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, made-for-Singapore piece, 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 by ruffians 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 a dazzling display of athletic prowess, Ishikawa Goemon soundly beats the thugs and sends them running, and is lauded as a hero by the entire district.

If you've always been fascinated by Kabuki's elaborately designed costumes, eye-catching make-up, outlandish wigs, and most importantly, the grand actions performed by the actors, then don't miss this opportunity to catch it right on our home grounds. Don't worry if you don't understand any Japanese language, as the performances are dance-based.

Since Lil Pumpkin and the boy have not watched a Kabuki play before, we'll be catching one of the shows for sure. Especially with the revival of Uwanari and the debut of Mimasu Kuruwa no Kasauri shows, I don't want them to miss the opportunity of witnessing Kabuki history being made!

Ebizo Ichikawa XI’s Japan Theatre 2015
Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands
Event period: Sat 17 Oct - Sun 18 Oct 2015
Ticket Price {excl. booking fee}:  S$89, S$115, S$$145, S$185, S$350 {VIP package}
Show Times: 3pm {Sat & Sun}, 7.30pm {Sun}
Duration: 2 hrs {incl. 20 minutes interval}
*No admission to kids under 4 years of age. Kids aged 4 years and above require a ticket for admission.

Also check out the rest of our Bub & Me activities or list of kid-friendly places in Singapore :)

For my own special friends & blog readers, I've ONE Ebizo Ichikawa XI’s Japan Theatre 2015 Kabuki Tickets Package {worth S$290} to give away!! It includes 2 x Category B tickets worth S$145 each to your preferred show on either Sat 17 Oct {3pm or 7.30pm} or Sun 18 Oct {3pm only} at Marina Bay Sands.

Giveaway Method: Random Draw

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4. Leave me a blog comment telling me your best advice to a kid starting P1/ going to a new school + FB name you used to like the page + name you used to subscribe to the newsletter. For those unsure of how to comment, choose "Name/URL" option then add your name and comment.

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ONE random winner will be chosen. Just complete all 4 simple steps + bonus entry {if you like}!

* Open to Singapore residents only.
* Ends Sunday, 27 September 2015 2359hrs {Singapore time} 
* Incomplete or inappropriate entries will be deemed invalid and will not be included.
* Winner will be announced by Wednesday 30 September 2015 on this blog post and notified via email with further instructions on how to collect prize. Winner have 2 days to reply, or the prize will be redrawn.
* Winner can choose preferred show date & time at Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands, subject to tickets availability.
* No refunds and prize tickets cannot be exchanged for cash value or resold.
* Everyone must have own ticket for admission. No admission for infant in arms & those under 4 years old.
* No photography or videography during performances.
* The organiser reserves the right to make changes to terms and conditions. 

UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. The winner is Carol Mei Mei. Stay tuned for more blog giveaways on Sakura Haruka! Check out my current readers promos too. Thanks for your support!

* Disclosure: Ebizo Ichikawa XI’s Japan Theatre provided tickets for giveaway. All opinions are my own. Unless otherwise stated, image credits to Ebizo Ichikawa XI’s Japan Theatre.



Masshole Mommy said...

That sounds like one heck of a show. I have never seen a show like this before.

An Apel a Day said...

The makeup and costumes looks soooo cool! I'd love to see a show like this!

Theresa Mahoney said...

I bet it is a fabulous show! The costumes are stunning!

Ariyinna Copper said...

Have the child take part in CCAs to make friends and be more involved with the school. It will help ease the child into the new school faster!

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Carolyn Kuan said...

Pack homemade bento with some extra bite - sized pieces for the child to offer to his or her new friends. It helps to break the ice!

Small Kucing said...

Their make up really awesome. Think they takes long time to put on

Carol Mei Mei said...

Definitely take him to the new school a few times before the term starts officially, to familiarise him with the main facilities and venues.

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mail4rosey said...

That's an amazing giveaway you have going on there. Someone's going to be very lucky to win!

Stacy said...

Wooowwww I've never been to one. The make up and all looks so good.

preciouz said...

Bring him to school and student care to familiarise the surrounding and routine
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Philly Carter said...

go to the school before term starts to familiarize the kid with the new surroundings and teachers etc.

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Robert Sim said...

We talk about what it means to go to Pri 1 - that he needs to buy his own food with his own money (we let him start practising now when we go the hawker centre or food court), that he needs to watch the time himself, that he will be going to a student care centre in school after class. We have to get down to the pack-your-own-bag routine soon. I think it is a lot to do with us sounding upbeat and enthusiastic ourselves. He keeps asking us how much homework he will get though! Guess he has been hearing other stuff from other people as well! ;p

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Anonymous said...

Bring her to the various stalls and introduce the food that each stall sells. Kids love food. And this will ease the anxiety in them.

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Jingxian said...

train him to be independent to buy food and carry food himself before school starts

Jingxian Liang

Indah Nuria Savitri said...

look at all those beautiful costumes..and the make up :)..It must be an incredible experience to watch one. I wish I were near by, Ai :)

Gladys said...

I don't have a kid yet but if I were to have one who's starting P1, my advice would be if there's anything you need help with or not sure of, don't be afraid to ask and don't be afraid to make mistakes cause that is how you learn and improve from
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クマちゃん said...

Be yourself, be brave and don't be afraid to ask silly questions! You're going on a GREAT adventure (: and don't be discouraged if you don't do well at first - it'll all come naturally if you find the joy in learning with your teachers and friends!

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Ester Em said...

My best advice is to smile and be brave! You can do it! The good thing about starting P1 is that everybody is new so everybody is starting afresh. Make friends but try not to confirm too much to their likes and dislikes. In short, be yourself and you will find friends that are like you. Don't be afraid to talk to the teacher if you have concerns. It's been a long time since I was the new girl and I couldn't remember much what I did. But I guess I just eventually gravitated to the group of people who share the same things and opinions as me. Decades later, they are still my best buddies :-) You can do it. The first few days is awkward but it will pass. Most importantly, ENJOY the experience! :-)

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KarMie's blog said...

Best advice: just be yourself n enjoy making friends... remember that its not the end result but its the entire learning process that matters!!!
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Suzanna Lim said...

The best advice is be brave and enjoy your first day in school! Mummy and daddy will be here at the end of the day.