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Dance Festival / Spartacus




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English Title: Dance Festival / Spartacus
Japanese Title: 白扇花集 / スパルタカス
Romanized Title: Hakusenkashuu / Suparutakasu

Troupe: Hanagumi
Year: 1992
Performances: Takarazuka, 2/14 - 3/24; Tokyo, 6/4 - 6/28

Dance Festival:

Superintendent: Utsumi Shigenori
Directors: Yokozawa Hideo, Hanayagi Juraku
Music Composed/Adapted By: Nakamoto Kiyozumi, Odakane Bonpei, Kuratomi Shinichi, Haneda Kentaro
Choreography: Yamada Taku, Hanayagi Juraku

Spartacus:

Based On: The rather well-known story of a slave named Spartacus.
Director: Ohara Hirotoshi
Music Composed/Adapted By: Ohara Hirotoshi
Choreography: Hayama Kiyomi, Shou Sumire, Yamada Taku

Cast

RoleCastShinjin Kouen Cast
SpartacusAnju Mira Shibuki Jun
Lucia (A female slave from Britannica)Morina Miharu Tsukikage Hitomi
Savinius (The Roman Governor)Maya Miki Takumi Hibiki
Alvinius (A rich merchant)Misa Noeru Ootomo Reika
Luvernius (A Roman nobleman)Isono Chihiro Natsushiro Rei
Vella (A female slave)Mineoka Nachi Akiyoshi Akane
Fabrius (Caesar's aide)Amachi Hikari Kaori Yutaka
Rachel (A daughter of Alvinius)Shino Yuka Moemi Serika
Gaza (Gladiator)Takaragi Meri Kizuki Ayumu
Calvira (Savinius's younger sister)Hana Youko Himiya Reiko
Julius Caesar (Roman General)Aika Mire Hatsukaze Midori
Paulo (Savinius's slave)Makoto Tsubasa Iori Naoka
Baromer (The Master of the Gladiators)Tachibana Sae Shizuki Asato
Livius (Gladiator)Shibuki Jun Chinami Yuu
Pito (Gladiator)Takumi Hibiki Mayuka Reo

Other Cast: Machikaze Kana, Mitsuki Ayu, Takatsuki Shou, Natsume Kana, Kokonoe Haruka, Yumeno Chikoto, Moemi Serika, Kirihara Shouko, Oogi Chihiro, Oomai Kaori, Asakaze Yuki, Shou Tsukasa, Shizuki Asato, Hama Shioka, Morotori Ai, Shiraho Mari, Asaki Yui, Futaba Karen, Shihou Akeno, Aya Hiromi, Masono Arisu, Ibuki Kazu, Mizuki Ai, Maio Tsubasa, Shiki Kaoru, Mariai Hitomi, Sachimi Anna, Yuuya Naho, Kazato Yuma, Kochou Asuka, Sagami Rei, Ai Miyabi, Asakura Aoi, Otoki Mika, Suzukake Miyuki, Haruno Sumire, Masaoka Nao, Sakuragi Emi, Asami Hikaru, Minami Shizuka, Nanase Kai, Yuuka Eri, Asazono Miki, Futaba Miki

Grand Theater only: Oomai Kaori

78th Class, Group A (Tokyo): Mayuzuki Kou, Hanazuki Aya, Ayazono Yuki, Otowa Ryou, Yumeki Noa, Sena Jun, Mao Natsuki, Tsukasa Yuuki, Yuuna Aki, Anno Ryou, Utahana Yumi, Haruna Rio, Amano Yuka, Dan Rei

Summary

WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!


Dance Festival


Scenes 1-3 Prologue

Beautiful white fans glimmer above the horizon. One by one the stars appear. Seven happy couples dance and sing "Rainbow Takarazuka". A gorgeous dance follows.

Youngstar S.1 ~ Anju Mira
Youngstar S.2 ~ Maya Miki
Youngstar S.3 ~ Isono Chihiro
Lady S.1 ~ Morina Miharu
Lady S.2 ~ Hana Youko
Lady S.3 ~ Mitsuki Ayu


Scene 4 A Bouquet of Poems

Some of the many types of citizens of Kyoto sing songs about flowers.

Youngstar A ~ Aika Mire
Youngstar A ~ Makoto Tsubasa
Youngstar A ~ Shibuki Jun


Scene 5 The White Heron Girl

On the shores of a snowy lake a wounded white heron and the spirits of the snowflakes perform a dance of living poetry.

White Heron Girl ~ Matsumoto Yuri


Scene 6 Fantasy in White

Yugao, an aristocratic young lady, and her noble lover express their feelings in dance.

Hikaru Genji ~ Anju Mira
Yugao ~ Morina Miharu


Scene 7 Red Poppies

A young lady dances in a mysterious red world.

Young Star ~ Maya Miki


Scenes 8-11 Melancholy Beauty

Sinzaburo dances while thinking about his true love, Miyuki. Beautiful young girls flit in and out, here and there. Sinzaburo wonders if Miyuki is among them. The beauty in these scenes underlines the sorrow that is also a part of love.

Sinzaburo ~ Kasugano Yachiyo
Miyuki ~ Matsumoto Yuri


Scene 12-13 Violets

The theme song of Takarazuka Revue "Sumire no Hana Saku Koro" has been arranged for a symphony production to accompany a ballet performance.

Youngstar ~ Aika Mire
Singer ~ Mineoka Nachi
Young Man ~ Makoto Tsubasa


Scenes 14-15 Finale

The entire cast appears in a scene of springtime glory. The scent of plum blossoms is carried by a song of flowers. The stars of the show bid their audience farewell in a spectacular Takarazuka climax.

Sinzaburo ~ Kasugano Yachiyo
White Heron Girl ~ Matsumoto Yuri
Youngstar S ~ Anju Mira
Lady ~ Maya Miki
Lady ~ Morina Miharu
Lady ~ Hana Youko



Spartacus


This story takes place in the days before Rome became an all powerful republic.

Spartacus, a prisoner of war from Tracia, was made a slave at a Roman stone quarry. A rich merchant, Alvinius, is attracted to Spartacus' combination of fighting spirit and tactfulness. He sends Spartacus to a martial arts academy. Spartacus becomes a formidable gladiator. One day, Savinius, the Roman Governor, visits the school. To entertain the important guest, a bout is held which puts Spartacus up against a renowned swordsman, Gaza. Gaza is defeated. It is then discovered that Spartacus is no ordinary prisoner of war but the best warrior in the whole Tracian Army.

Savinius's younger sister, Calvira, finds Spartacus attractive and wants to buy him. Alvinius refuses since he now realizes Spartacus is much more important than he originally thought. Spartacus likes Calvira for her kind-heartedness. Spartacus has another admirer. Lucia, a slave assigned to serve Spartacus, is in love with him.

The gladiators and the other slaves secretly form a group, with Spartacus as leader, to plot a revolt and win their freedom. They overcome their guards and make their way to Brandium, a port from where they can escape to freedom. Savinius leads a strong company of Rome's finest soldiers into a lop-sided battle at the port. The slaves fight bravely but are overwhelmed by the superior force.

Spartacus is captured and sentenced to death by crucifixion. Lucia, out of love for Spartacus, fatally stabs Savinius and then takes her own life.

The death of the powerful Savinius opens the way for Julius Caesar to lead the army. Caesar declares an amnesty to mark his assumption of military power. Spartacus and the slaves who revolted are set free.

Spartacus swears he will fight against Rome again someday. He sets out for Lucia's homeland, Britannica, to return her keepsakes to her birthplace.

Other Information

  • The Takarazuka performance was the final show for Oomai Kaori

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