Houjushou / Parfum de Paris
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English Title: Flower Dance Festival / Parfum de Paris
Japanese Title: 宝寿頌 / PARFUM DE PARIS
Romanized Title: Houjushou / Parfum de Paris
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 1/1 - 2/15; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 4/4 - 4/30
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 1/19; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 4/13
Author: Ueda Shinji
Director: Ueda Shinji
Composer: Terada Takio, Yoshida Yuuko
Choreographer: Hanayagi Juraku, Hanayagi Yoshijirou, Fujima Kanjurou, Nishizaki Mayumi
Conductor (Takarazuka): Nomura Youji
Conductor (Tokyo): Kiyokawa Tomomi
Parfum de Paris:
Author: Ohara Hirotoshi
Director: Ohara Hirotoshi
Composer: Yoshizaki Kenji, Minami Yasuo, Takahashi Kuni
Choreographer: Linda Haberman, Kita Hiroshi, Shou Sumire, Yamada Taku, Ieki Hiroshi
Conductor (Takarazuka): Okada Yoshiki
Conductor (Tokyo): Izawa Ichirou
Shinjin Kouen Director:
Available on DVD: No
Senka: Kasugano Yachiyo, Matsumoto Yuri, Jou Hiroe, Asazuki Mario, Mai Chizuru, Kou Hizuru, Hoshi Rimiko
Star: Hayama Michiko, Itsuki Chihiro, Natsumi You, Shion Yuu, Marimura Nao, Senju Hikaru, Shima Yuuka, Agi Katsura, Ema Naoki, Kinami Chie, Matsubara Midori, Izumo Aya, Chiaki Shin, Asaji Saki, Hagoromo Ran, Otohara Ai, Mari Yuzumi, Tomo Maika, Saegusa Mizuki, Nanki Chihiro, Minoru Kou, Manaka Hikaru, Sagikusa Kaoru, Takayagi Midori, Miyabi Kei, Migusa Yuu, Sakaki Jun, Nishiki Ai, Shouno Saki, Emao Yuu, Nijou Yuzuru, Nozomi Kei, Asao Ritsuki, Chitose Manabu, Ayaka Yuu, Kanou Chiho, Maiji Haruka, Shiraki Ayaka, Mimi Anri, Kanda Tomo, Kyougoku Ayano, Machi Arisa, Shinobu Murasaki, Asukai Mari, Tachibana Hitomi, Kamiya Yuki, Kozuki Wataru, Marisa Hitomi, Jun Atsuki, Kujou Akira, Misono Erika, Mibae Yuuri, Ayato Rena, Oonatsu Shizuki, Hoshina Yuri, Suzuna Saya, Ryou Akino, Oka Kazumi, Manami Shiho, Oohiro Ayumu, Asamine Hikari, Takao Rio, Hanafusa Mari, Asamiya Mayu, Akira Kazuki, Shiratori Yurie, Hara Miteki, Asazora Riho, Hibiya Megumi, Kahou Yurika, Tsuzushiro Ai
Tokyo only: Kei Natsuki, Natsukaze Rio, Hazumi Rui, Shiran Masumi, Hodaka Yuu, Miyasu Ari, Tsukasa Yuuki, Kaihou Tamaki, Hanasaki Rika, Kimi Tomoka
Flower (Guests, 01/11 - 1/21): Anju Mira, Morina Miharu, Maya Miki
Moon (Guests, 1/22 - 1/31): Suzukaze Mayo, Asano Kayo, Amami Yuuki
Snow (Guests, 1/2 - 1/10): Mori Keaki, Murasaki Tomo, Ichiro Maki
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Scenes 1-3: Prologue
In song, vows are made to remember the proud tradition and to make the new theatre flourish. Dancers show their commitment to the same pledges.
Young Star ~ Shion Yuu, Asaji Saki
Beauty ~ Shima Yuuka, Shiraki Ayaka
Scene 4: Spring Sea
The music was composed by Miyagi Michiyo and the choreographer was our founder, Nishizaki Midori.
Dancing Man ~ Shion Yuu
Dancing Woman ~ Matsumoto Yuri
Scenes 5-9: The Flowers
The theme is flowers, cherry blossoms, iris, hydrangea, waterlily, lily, and peony. The dance depicts the beauty and the emotions of the flowers.
Narihira ~ Kasugano Yachiyo
Waterlily ~ Shion Yuu, Shiraki Ayaka
Hydrangea ~ Shima Yuuka, Asaji Saki
Scene 10: Kyogen
Cherry, plum, peach, wisteria, and chrysanthemum blossoms gather for a party. They invite the god of the storm to join them so they don't have to worry about being blown away by strong winds. In fact, they plan to make the god drunk so they can capture him. The chase develops into a bright, noisy comedy.
Cherry Blossom ~ Shion Yuu
Plum Blossom ~ Shima Yuuka
Peach Blossom ~ Asaji Saki
Wisteria ~ Shiraki Ayaka
Chrysanthemum ~ Emao Yuu
God of the storm ~ Hayama Michiko
Scenes 11-12: Variations on a Violet Theme
"Sumire no hana saku koro" is performed in the traditional way and then tango and bolero variations are expressed in song and dance. A flower storm marks the grand finale. The entire cast rings down the curtain.
Parfum de Paris
Scenes 1-4: Prologue
Some of the best-loved scenes of Paris, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysées, and the rue de la Concorde are the background for a tour of Paris by day and by night.
Parisien Singer ~ Shion Yuu
Parisienne Singer ~ Shiraki Ayaka
Scenes 5-6 Pigalle
There's an interesting cafe on one of Pigalle's back streets. A gigolo tries to pick up a rich lady but she's not interested in him at all and she disappears into the cafe. When the gigolo goes into the cafe some girls approach him but he starts to dance with the rich lady. Just as their dance reaches a peak of excitement the woman's husband storms in, punches the gigolo, and takes his wife away.
Gigolo ~ Asaji Saki
Lady ~ Shima Yuuka
Gentleman ~ Natsumi You
Scenes 7-8: Dance Provence
A fisherman sings a song for his former lover. The fisherman and the lover meet for the first time in many years. They dance and so inspire young fishermen to dance with the local girls.
Fisherman ~ Shion Yuu
Lover ~ Shiraki Ayaka
Scenes 9-13: A Rose and a Butterfly
A spectacular production based on a theme of roses and butterflies reminds us all of the Takarazuka Revue's unique contribution to the performing arts.
Butterfly Etoile ~ Shion Yuu
Dancing Butterfly ~ Asaji Saki
Butterfly Girl ~ Shiraki Ayaka
Singing Butterfly ~ Minoru Kou
Scenes 14-17: Pirates and Jewels
A ship's captain whose lover has been kidnapped by a pirate rescues her. Their wedding on a sea of jewels is a dream come true.
Captain ~ Shion Yuu
Lover ~ Shiraki Ayaka
Pirate ~ Asaji Saki
Diamond Woman ~ Shima Yuuka
Scenes 18-23: Finale
A series of triumphal arches open one by one. A medley of songs about Paris and tricolor costumes celebrate the glory of the fabled city. Three pairs of dancers dance under flower chandeliers on the grand Takarazuka staircase.
Scene 24: Grand Finale
In costumes designed on flower themes the entire cast joins in the farewell promenade.
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