・This year's re-classical performance will be Kabuki dance nagauta "To Oiso Yuen Harukoma". First, what is the difference between Kabuki dance and Japanese dance?
Tokitaro Hanayagi: Kabuki is the foundation of Japanese dance. To put it simply, the dance scene of Kabuki is the origin of Japanese dance, and in the Azuchi-Momoyama period, Okuni Izumo started Kabuki dance. , and it is said that the beginning of Nihon buyo is that it gradually became independent.
・So Japanese dance was derived from Kabuki. Mr. Tokitaro Hanayagi belongs to the Hanayagi school, but what other schools of Japanese dance are there?
Mr. Senchiyo Nishikawa: There are about 120 schools in Japan that belong to the Nihon Buyo Association, and if you include individuals, there should be a tremendous number of schools. Among them, Hanayagi-ryu, Fujima-ryu, Wakayagi-ryu, Nishikawa-ryu, and Bando-ryu are called the five major schools. Among them, Hanayagi-ryu is said to be a gorgeous dance with a lot of fine choreography. In addition, the Nishikawa-ryu style has its own characteristics, such as large swings and many classical styles, as they were making the choreography for Kabuki actors.
・What was the impetus for Tokitaro Hanayagi to start doing Japanese dance?
Tokitaro Hanayagi: I think it all started when my parents took me to see a play when I was four years old. About 50 years ago. At that time, it was normal for women in the old days to play the koto and perform traditional performing arts. I learned ikebana and tea from my neighbor's teacher. To put it in a modern way, I think I naturally fell in love with Japanese dance, like doing hula dance or doing aerobics.
・What kind of activities do you usually do?
Tokitaro Hanayagi: I go to high schools to teach dance, take lessons, think about choreography and composition for recitals, and dance myself. Recently, when I talk to my parents, I feel that there are many children who have little contact with their feelings. In this day and age, the number of children is decreasing, and I think it is important to have a rehearsal hall where people from different generations can come into contact, although this is not limited to Nihon buyo. If you live a normal life, you may find it difficult to find your own place.
・It's nice to have the rehearsal room as your own place. I think that for students and small children, if their parents do not give them the chance, they will not have many opportunities to come into contact with traditional performing arts.
Mr. Tokitaro Hanayagi: In addition to dancing, Japanese dance also involves learning etiquette while practicing. There are many things that you can learn naturally if you practice them from a young age, such as standing neatly, dancing, using a folding fan, and bowing while sitting on your knees. At the Nihon Buyo Kyokai, we put a lot of effort into nurturing children, so we practice while incorporating old Japanese games. I think it is a very good thing that this re-classical performance can also provide young children with an opportunity to see classical performing arts.
・What is the charm of Japanese dance?
Mr. Tokitaro Hanayagi: For me, it's too familiar, and I'm a little confused about it, but men don't always play male roles, they can also play female roles. It may be that I find it attractive to wear various costumes and play a role, like a transformation. Also, it may be good to have a place where you can free your mind, such as discussing problems with your friends at the rehearsal room, which you can't talk about at home.
・From here, I would like to ask you about the re-classical program. What is the content of Nagauta "To Oiso Yuen Harukoma"?
Mr. Tokitaro Hanayagi: Since we are going to be in Oiso this year, we decided to take up the famous Kamakura period revenge of the Soga brothers, which unfolds mainly from Odawara to Oiso. This story is said to be one of Japan's three great revenge stories, and Juro and Goro Soga, whose fathers were killed, take revenge. The name of the older sister of the Soga brothers is "Ninomiya", Juro's lover is "Oiso no Tora", Goro's lover is "Kewaizaka no Shosho", and there are many place names around Oiso. So I think everyone is friendly.
・Please tell us the highlights.
Mr. Tokitaro Hanayagi: In Re-classical, we assume that there will be people who have never come to see Japanese dance, and we will do the choreography, costumes, and props in a gorgeous and luxurious way. For the time being, I decided to cherish the feeling that the female roles are all beautiful and gorgeous, and this time I will perform "Oiso no Tora" and "Keshozaka no Shosho", which are the lovers of the Soga brothers. Even if you don't understand the story, just watching it will make you feel happy.
I'm a traveler, and Mitsumi, the moderator, is the daughter of an innkeeper in Oiso-juku.
・From here, I would like to ask the performers about their enthusiasm for re-classics.
I don't think it's too difficult, and I want to make it a performance that can be enjoyed without logic. The area around Oiso is a treasure trove of history, so I think there is a lot of meaning in doing Sogamono in that place. This time, I want everyone to see something gorgeous, so I'll replace it with a female one. If you search the internet for "Oiso no Tora" or "Keshozaka no Shosho", who are the lovers of the Soga brothers, you should be able to find them quickly. Now is the age of the internet, so please search for it. We hope it will be an opportunity for you to learn more about its history.
I had been to see Re-Kenshi when it was being held at Oyama in Isehara, so I was surprised that I would be allowed to dance this year. My mother loved dancing, but she was sick and couldn't do it. That's why I have a desire for children, and I've been dancing for 33 years this year since before I can remember. It's the first time I'm doing it with this member, so I'm going to dance hard while studying. I would be happy if as many people as possible became interested in Japanese dance through re-classics.
The day of Re Koten is also the day of the Oiso Post Town Festival. I think there are many people who come to Oiso for purposes other than to see the dance. My grandfather was doing Japanese dance, and when I was five years old, he took me with him. There is meaning in doing things that are familiar to Oiso and Ninomiya in Oiso. .
・Although I will not be performing this time, I asked Ryuyo Itakura, a junior high school student who came to help out at the rehearsal hall, about the appeal of Japanese dance.
Recently, robots, AI, and machines are increasing in the world. I think that Japanese dance is unique, has a depiction of the heart, and has an expressive power that robots can never do. I feel that Japanese dance is wonderful precisely because it is a classical art that has a richness of mind and delicate movements that only humans can do.
On the day of the event, in addition to the kabuki dance nagauta "To Oiso Yuen Harukoma", a project "Hanazakari no Mori" that collaborates with contemporary music and Japanese dance is also planned. It seems that the choreography and hairstyle will be arranged in a modern style and challenged. I am also looking forward to seeing how Japanese dance that has continued since the Edo period and contemporary music will be intertwined and expressed. Classical fireworks from the Edo period will be launched at the end of the re-classical event. Please fully enjoy the world of traditional performing arts in Oiso this year.
Future activity schedule
The 53rd Kanagawa Prefectural Traditional Japanese Dance Festival
November 23 (Wednesday/holiday) 11:30-
Place: Kanagawa Prefectural Youth Center Hall
Price: 6,000 yen (unreserved seat)
Inquiries 0467-46-2212 Japan Dance Association Kanagawa Branch Secretariat