Black Candles / Oiran and her Son
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English Title: Black Candles / Oiran and her Son
Japanese Title: ブラック・キャンドル / 花のオランダ坂
Romanized Title: Burakku Kyandoru / Hana no Oranda Saka
Troupe: Snow Troupe
Performances: Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 3/30 - 4/25
''Black Candles (You are Pursued*)
(*Misspelled in Program as Pursed)''
Author: Kamogawa Seisaku
Director: Kamogawa Seisaku
Composer: Irie Kaoru, Nakai Mitsuharu, Nakamoto Kiyozumi, Terada Takio, Yoshizaki Kenji, Sasada Yoshihiko
Choreographer: Oka Masami, Sasaki Kazuo, Shuri Misao, Akiko Kanda
Oiran and Her Son
Author: Kikuta Kazuo
Director: Kikuta Kazuo
Composer: Irie Kaoru, Terada Takio
Choreographer: Kawakami Gorou
Available on DVD: No
Oiran and her Son
|Hendrick Zuf||Maho Shibuki|
|Tsuru's mother||Ooji Michio|
|Jokichi (as a child)||Matsuno Midori|
|Matsudaira Zushonokami||Matsuno Midori|
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Black Candles (You are Pursued (Misspelled in Program as Pursed) )
Scenes 1~5. You are Pursued
On the stage enveloped in complete darkness, a black-costumed man appears and sings the theme song. Then, men and girls appear one after another and depict in the course of dancing the mental unrest of the present-day youths who are incessantly under the sensation that they are being pursued by something
Man - Maho Shibuki
Scene 6. I'll be killed
While a lady, under the unending pressure of urban life, telephones driven by the terror of death, breathes her last.
Lady - Kamo Sakura
Scene 7. Death.
A modern dance, describing the vision of death with a scathing touch.
Woman - Satozono Yuri
Scene 8. l’m a woman Pursuing a Man
Three girls sing and dance, in high spirits and coquettishly.
Girls - Maho Shibuki, Chichibu Mihoko, Kamo Sakura
Scene 9. Furore of Black and Yellow.
The stage is made up in the pattern of leopard’s spots. As the jungle begins to roar, the women start dancing like so many leopards. The music changes to a modern jazz, when the women turn into urban ladies and dance in a lascivious manner.
Singer - Awaji Michiko
Scene 10. Let’s Eat the Dream.
At a street corner where neon signs sparkle, young man and girl sing.
Young man - Chichibu Mihoko
Girl - Haruno Akemi
Scene 11. Play Boy,Play Girl.
As a girl comes out from a crevice in the wall, young man wearing slacks dance.
Scene 12. SSS.
A group of youths of today dance a vigorous dance in costume which may not be distinguished either as male or female.
Scene 13. A Silly Fellow.
A young poet sings at a street corner.
Poet - Maho Shibuki
Scenes 14~17. Love, Desire and Diamond.
A jeweller, painter, actress and a variety of other personages appear on the stage, and together, dance a piece of modern ballet, which satirically depicts the sufferings of the modern times.
Jeweller - Misaki Arisa
Painter - Maki Misao
Actress Ooji Michio
Scene 18. A Song of Neurosis.
A single man sings in a back street.
Man - Maho Shibuki
Scene 19. Say, I’m a Burglar.
A group of lovers is attacked by a pistol-pointing woman-burglars. Lastly, the Woman, left alone, sings——so1itarily.
Woman burglar - Ooji Michio
Scenes 20~21. A White Vision.
A landscape of snow. A squabble among lad, a maiden and a Snow Fairy. A dance derived from a north European folklore.
Lad - Matsuno Midori
Maiden - Hanato Akira
Snow Fairy - Maki Misao
Scene 22. You are Pursed.
A young man sings “You are Pursed.”
Young man - Maho Shibuki
Scene 23. Black Candles.
A blackened grand staircase. As the Woman of Moon sings, dances of the Men and Women of Stars flow in quick succession.
Woman of Moon - Kamo Sakura
Scene 24. Let’s Dream.
The grand staircase turns pure white, and all members, with Candlesticks in hand, sing in chorus the Song of “Let’s Dream”.
Oiran and Her Son
The port of Nagasaki, full of an exotic atmosphere
Today, as usual, a Dutch ship was at anchor in the port, and the streets of Nagasaki were bustling with the visiting people, including Dutch sailors and toradesmen (tradesmen),
Among them was a Dutch trader, called Hendrick Zuf. He had visited Nagasaki a number of times before. But, he was different from his fellow Dutchmen; he would not feel like loving Japanese girls as readily as others did.
Now, however, an opportunity dawned upon Zuf, when even he had to know that he was in real love. That was when he met Tsuru, a local courtesan. The moment he cast his eyes on the beautiful woman, he felt himself enthralled by love, for which he would not hesitate to sacrifice his very life.
Zuf and Tsuru were now deeply in love. Their desire was that they could be in love forever; they were united in the midst of the season of spring, when cherry blossoms were in full bloom everywhere.
And, ten long years passed along. A boy had been born to them, and he, Jokichi by name, had now grown into a boy of ten years in age. He, however, was a half-breed, and, was predestined to suffer on that account.
A great misfortune soon befell the Zuf family. A war had broken out between Holland and Spain. Zuf had to return to his home country to fight as a soldier. Tsuru and her son had to remain Nagaski, however, for the State law, then in force, prohibited any Japanese national to sail abroad.
Zuf left Japan, committing Tsuru, his Wife, and Jokichi, his son, in the care of some of his Japanese friends in Nagasaki.
Another eight years passed on. Jokichi was now a lad of 17 years in age.
After Zuf left, however, Tsuru fell sick with consumption, and, during these years, her condition steadily worsened, and, at length, on the night of the Festival for the Souls of the Departed, she passed away, dearly thinking of her husband, separated for so many years, and worrying about the future of her beloved son.
Matsudaira Zushonokami, the Magistrate of Naga- saki, was so deeply sympathetic of the sad fate of Jokichi, that he offered his good offices to employ him as a petty official of the Magistrate’s office. Jokichi, however, could not free himself from the predestined sorrows of being a Eurasian. To make things worse, he, too, came to suffer from the same disease which had proved fatal to his poor mother.
It chanced about this time that a Dutch ship was chased into the port of Nagasaki by a Spanish battleship. A battle started between the two opposing ships, making the town of Nagasaki aflame with war fires. And, it Was rumored that Zuf was aboard the Dutch ship, which was sinking under gunfire.
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