Love Blooms Out on the Murasakino / Ma Belle Etoile (Snow 1996)

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English Title: Love Blooms Out on the Murasakino / Ma Belle Etoile
Japanese Title: あかねさす紫の花 / マ・ベル・エトワール
Romanized Title: Akanesasu Murasakino Hana / Ma Beru Etowaaru

Troupe: Snow
Year: 1996
Performances: National Tour, 04/13 - 05/05

Love Blooms Out on the Murasakino

Based On: Asuka Period History
Author / Director: Shibata Yukihiro
Director / Choreography: Hanawaka Shunjuu (花若春秋),
Music: Yoshida Yuuko, Terada Takio

Ma Belle Etoile

Based On: n/a
Author / Director: Murakami Nobuo
Music: Yoshizaki Kenji, Takahashi Kuni, Nishimura Kouji, Kai Masato
Choreography: Hayama Kiyomi, Ieki Hiroshi, Takemura Rui, Maeda Kiyomi

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Nakano Ooe no MikoTodoroki Yuu
Ooama no Miko (crown prince, older brother of Ooama)Ichiro Maki
Nukata no OokimiHanafusa Mari
Kagami no Ookimi (Nukata's older sister)Midori Hanaka
Amehiko (a Buddhist image maker in love with Nukata)Takakura Kyou
Ozuki (Amehiko's wife)Hoshina Yuri
Nakatomi no Kamatari (Nakano Ooe's retainer)Kouju Tatsuki
Amano Inukai no Murajikatsumaro (Nakano Ooe's retainer)Aran Kei
Saeki no Murajikomaro (Nakano Ooe's retainer)Kaede Saki
Katsuragiwakainikai no Murajiamita (Nakano Ooe's retainer)Kotobuki Tsukasa
Yasakabe no Murajikurame (Nakano Ooe's retainer)Takaragi Aya
Midori (Ooama's retainer)Takashiro Kei
Shikina (Ooama's retainer)Ounami Tsubasa
Empress Saimei (Nakano Ooe and Ooama's mother)Kyou Misa
Kagami no Miko (Nukata and Kagami's father)Kodai Mizuki
Funasaka no Iratsume (Nukata's nurse)Saotome Sachi
Arima no Miko (Saimei's nephew)Mirai Yuuki
Ootomo no Miko (Nakano Ooe's son)Akasaka Miki
Uno no Himemiko (Nakano Ooe's daughter)
Toochi no Himemiko (Nukata and Ooama's daughter)Maki Megumi
Kanemaru (a mirror-maker, Amehiko's brother)Tasai Shun



Love Blooms Out on the Murasakino

Asuka Period, Japan. Ooama no Miko meets Nukata no Ookimi when he goes with his older brother (Nakano Ooe no Miko) to her house. There Nakano Ooe is wooing Nukata's older sister, and so the two younger siblings meet and fall in love. Five years later, Ooama and Nukata are married, and a daughter has just been born. Ooama talks happily to Nukata about his plans with his brother to jointly rule their empire of Yamato. As Nukata listens to his naive, happy chatter, she becomes uneasy. Later, Nakano Ooe arrives and tells Nukata that she has grown and become very lovely. He has fallen in love with her, and wants her for his own. Caught between the two brothers, Nukata flees back to her father's house.

Nakano Ooe's retainer comes to fetch her, telling her not to be selfish. With her missing, rumors of estrangement between the brothers have grown and their vassals are rebelling. She returns to court. There Nakano Ooe makes it clear that he will not bend in this. He needs Nukata. Under political pressure, Ooama agrees to give up his wife, allowing his brother to make her his empress.

Meanwhile, Nukata's childhood friend has followed her to court. Although married, Amehiko continues to hold Nukata up as his perfect lady, and finds it soothing to be in sight of the palace where she lives. His wife worries for him, as he is stretched thin by his consuming passion. His brother comes to fetch him home, and he flees once more to Arima.

In Arima, the empress Saimei goes to the hot springs to relax. She has many memories there, including the birth of her first son, Nakano Ooe. She speaks with Nukata, wondering if perhaps her son has grown too great for his own good. Nakano Ooe has followed them to Arima, intending to carry out his own plans by killing the young Arima no Miko, whom rumor says is planning a rebellion. He tells Nukata of his plans, and she begs for the young boy's life, but Nakano Ooe stands firm, pulling her to him. Amehiko walks by then and discovers them. He is crushed to see that the rumors are true, and that Nukata is with Nakano Ooe. Now devastated, he runs from her and back to his home, where he collapses in the arms of his wife.

In court, a drunken Ooama arrives late to Nakano Ooe's birthday celebrations. He will give his brother a dance, he says. He refuses to give up his spear, dancing with greater and greater passion while Nakano Ooe's retainers keep a close eye on him. He grabs Nukata and tries to leave, but Nakano Ooe pulls his sword to stop him. The two brothers fight, but in the end, Ooama cannot kill his brother. And still Nakano Ooe refuses to give up Nukata.

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