The 94th Azuma Odori -The dancing festival of "Shimbashi Geisha"
at Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre

<Time and date>
Thursday, 24th May - Sunday, 27th May, 2018
Total 10 performances during the term

24th -25th May
*1st performance : 13:00-14:30 (Doors open at 12:30)
*2nd performance : 15:50-17:20 (Doors open at 15:20)
26th -27th May
*1st performance : 11:30-13:00 (Doors open at 11:00)
*2nd performance : 13:40-15:10 (Doors open at 13:10)
*3rd performance : 15:50-17:20 (Doors open at 15:20)

<Place>
Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre
6-18-2, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3541-2600

Performance details
Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre was built in 1925 as a place where Shimbashi Geishas give a recital of an accomplishment in their arts. The performance commemorating its opening was the beginning of Azuma Odori.
Azuma Odori has been performed many times since then, and now it has become an event in which you can enjoy Japan through five senses; chic and voluptuous geishas on stage and foods of various restaurants and sake in intermission.
The whole Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre becomes as though a beautiful and good restaurant for 4 days during the Azuma Odori performance. We welcome you on early summer days at Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre as a big restaurant where you can enjoy Japanese culture freely which has become unfamiliar even to Japanese people.

'The art of Shimbashi shown in classics' Generally arranged and directed by Nishikawa Sakon

 Part I This is Shimbashi. Dances with Nagauta Lyrical Ensemble

1. KIMIGAYO SHŌCHIKUBAI Choreographed by Onoe Kikunojō
A dance by ten young dancers best for the opening of the performance, aiming for wonderful combinations of flamboyance, fast pace and solemnness.

2. SETSUGETSUKA Arranged and choreographed by Hanayagi Juō / Coached by Hanayagi Jusuke
A dance first performed in 1935, having various scenes: wet snow, refined moon and flamboyant and lively flowers.

 Part II This is the very Shimbashi! Dances with Kiyomoto Narrative Ensemble.
1. YOSHIDAYA Choreographed by Nishikawa Sakon
Lovers' tiff in a room of Yoshidaya Teahouse between Yūgiri, a courtesan, and Izaemon, a disowned son of a wealthy merchant well known in Kabuki. The highlight is Izaemon's jealous speech who waits for Yūgiri's appearance in kotatsu, a Japanese foot warmer, and her distress over his heartless behavior.

2. ONNA KURUMABIKI  Choreographed by Nishikawa Sakon
An adaptation of ‘Kurumabiki' which is one scene of “SUGAWARA AND THE SECRETS OF CALLIGRAPHY”. In this cheerful dance, Matsuōmaru, Umeōmaru and Sakuramaru are replaced by their wives: Chiyo, Haru and Yae.

3. MABOROSHI WANKYŪ   Choreographed by Nishikawa Sakon
First performed at the first Azuma Odori performance in 1925, this dance shows how Wan'ya Kyūbē (Wankyū) has gone mad longing for the courtesan Matsuyama after having played around extravagantly and becoming dissipated. It requires high ability of dance.

4. KŌJŌ and Finale    Arranged and choreographed by Nishikawa Koisaburō
In 1951 Nishikawa Koisaburō visited Yoshiwara Pleasure Quarters to get permission to perform their “Sawagi” on stage in Azuma Odori and got formal permission from Yoshiwara Association. “Finale” was thus adapted from “Sawagi”, changing its lyrics, and it is the specialty of Azuma Odori.

<Ticket sales>
Advance tickets will be available from 7th April

(1)"Ticket Web Shochiku" (Purchase tickets on the internet)
http://www1.ticket-web-shochiku.com/en/

(2)"Ticket Phone Shochiku"(Reserve tickets by telephone)
From Japan: 0570-000-489 or 03-6745-0888 (10:00-18:00)
From overseas: +81-3-6745-0888 (10:00-18:00 JST)

(3)Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre "BOX OFFICE"(10:00-18:00)

<Types of ticket>
1st-fl.Seat: 7,500yen (The front section of the 1st floor)
2nd-fl.Seat: 6,000yen (The front section of the 2nd floor)
2nd-fl.Right: 6,000yen (The right-side wing seats on the 2nd floor)
2nd-fl.Left: 2,500yen (The left -side wing seats on the 2nd floor)
3rd-fl.Seat: 2,500yen (All seats on the 3rd floor)
Box seat : 9,000yen (Side seats on the 1st floor)

student discount We sell the tickets sold on the day of the performance at half the price when you show your student identification card at the box office.
What is Azuma-Odori ?
The Shimbashi pleasure quarters were born in the end of Edo period. Though most people in Edo favored Tokugawa clan, the Shimbashi pleasure quarters welcomed patriots of Satsuma and Chōshū domains. As they became the mainstay of the government in Meiji period, Shimbashi flourished greatly. Shimbashi geishas trained hard, so that Shimbashi became the district where anyone can enjoy top-rated performance. Modeled on Kaburenjō Theatres for Geishas in Kyoto and Osaka, Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre was built in 1925 and Azuma-Odori, the dancing festival of Geisha, started as the formal opening of the Theatre.
It was burnt down in the Pacific War, but rebuilt in 1948. It made a lot of history, as many great writers such as Kawabata Yasunari, Yoshikawa Eiji and Tanizaki Jun'ichirō gave scripts especially for Azuma-Odori. The performance, which was a great success as the disguise of an accomplished dancer Marichiyo as a beautiful man, was much talked of and the stage door was lined with many girl students waiting for her to appear. Shimbashi is thought as the place for performing arts sustained by top-rated dance master and Shimbashi geishas who train hard. Azuma-Odori filled with chic performing arts unites the town of Shimbashi into one.
The delights of food in Azuma Odori
Since the 83rd Azuma Odori which was also the 150th anniversary year of the Shimbashi pleasure quarters, we have added an enjoyment of "ryotei" along with the beauty of dancing. The Shimbashi pleasure quarters are hidden areas that unfamiliar customers can not normally enter. Azuma Odori became a festival of the whole Shimbashi pleasure quarters including the taste of "ryotei" only once a year. Azuma Odori opens Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre as a huge "ryotei" to the general public for only 4 days. "Ryotei" has good food, good sake, and the beauty of dancing as its leading elements. It is the only event that opens the heavy door and leads you to the gorgeous world of Shimbashi pleasure quarters.


I <"Shōkadō" Ceramic lunch box competing over taste: 6,000yen>
Tokyo Kitchō, Shinkiraku, Kanetanaka, Yonemura and Matsuyama
"Shōkadō" is renewed commemorating the tenth anniversary and the lunch box was changed from a disposable container to ceramic ones. It was originally devised by the first master of Tokyo Kitchō and five ryotei will be preparing their own characteristic “Shōkadō” based on his recipe. Each ryotei gather in the restaurant of the theatre with its “Shōkadō” in a nest of ceramic boxes. Two or three of the five ryotei are daily open by turns, so they will be more competitive during the four days.

II <"Sushi box by ryotei": 2,000yen>
Tokyo Kitchō, Shinkiraku, Kanetanaka, Yonemura and "wanofu. CLUB"
It is a fine box with chirashi-zushi to eat at your seat. They decided its contents by discussion, so they don't compete but try to unify its taste concerning it.
I "Shokado" and II "Sushi box" will be also sold in advance from 7th April.
After getting the ticket of Azuma-Odori performance, please make a reservation below.

"Enbujo-Service" tel=0120-224-117 (10:00-18:00 / From Japan, Japanese only)
* Sales on the days of the performance: I "Shokado" and II "Sushi box" will be available also on the days of the performance at the shop near the left wing of the first floor.
III <Special ticket : 22,000 yen (box seat on the 1st floor with Azuma-Odori lunch)>
Kanetanaka
Limited combination tickets of box seat on the 1st floor and lunch for the 1st performance on 26th and 27th May. The lunch will be delivered from Kanetanaka situated near the theatre, so it keeps its proper temperature.

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