play featuring grand dialogues, which, with "light" and
"shadow" as its motif, portrays the latter half of the
life of Kanze Motokiyo, popularly known as Zeami, who established
Noh as a classic theatrical art, will take the stage of the Playhouse.
The play starts with the prime of Zeami's life when he reached the
top of his career as a Sarugaku player. Although he won the favor
of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, shogun of the time, and gained much glory,
he was keenly aware that his existence as a performing artist was
a shadow in the eyes of the general public, and he spent many an
agonizing day searching for his true self. Zeami is a masterpiece
by Yamazaki Masakazu that takes a sincere look at the internal conflicts
of the Sarugaku player and vividly depicts the path he followed,
with the relationship between the power of the time and the art
of public entertainment as the axis of its plot development.
Kuriyama Tamiya's direction will revive the masterpiece premiered
in 1963 from a contemporary viewpoint, and in the forthcoming production,
the role of Zeami will be played by the kabuki actor Bando Mitsugoro;
shogun Yoshimitsu's second son Yoshitsugu by Kazama Morio; Kuzuno-no-mae,
who loves Zeami dearly, by Terajima Shinobu; and both Zeami's wife
Tsubaki and an old shrine maid by Kurano Akiko. These actors and
actresses will skillfully express the longing, hatred, pathetic
love and other feelings of the principal characters, making the
stage even more exciting. In addition, other various capable actors
and actresses will be brought together to play the part of historical
figures and nameless people and support the dramatic world of Zeami.
Intense and brilliant dialogues between human beings, the flower
of yugen (subtle beauty) that comes into bloom on the stage with
passion hidden inside and dances danced by crowds without concealing
their basic instincts... Look forward to a play that enables the
audience to enjoy the charm of drama at its best.