Indigo, White and Crimson / Tristan and Isolde
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English Title: Indigo, White and Crimson / Tristan and Isolde
Japanese Title: 藍と白と紅 / トリスタンとイゾルデ
Romanized Title: Ai to Shiro to Beni / Torisutan to Izorude
Performances: Chunichi Theater, 10/4 - 10/13
Shinjin Kouen Performances: n/a
Indigo, White and Crimson:
Based On: Dances collected by the Takarazuka Revue Japanese Folk Entertainment Research Society
Author/Director: Watanabe Takeo
Tristan and Isolde:
Based On: The legend of Tristan and Isolde
Author/Director: Shirai Tetsuzou
Composer: Takai Yoshizumi, Yoshizaki Kenji
Choreographer: Kita Hiroshi
Conductor (Takarazuka): Nomura Youji
Conductor (Tokyo): n/a
Available on DVD: No
Available on Blu-Ray: No
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: n/a
|Tristan, King Mark's nephew||Maho Shibuki|
|Isolde, daughter of the king and queen of Ireland||Kamo Sakura|
Other Cast: Uchibuki Misa (Senka), Miyoshi Sakuko (Senka), Ooji Michio, Mitaka Keiko, Konohana Sakuya, Soga Keiko, Matsumoto Yuri, Kishi Kaori, Katsu Youko, Kana Junko, Maki Misao, Aya Yutaka, Kusunoki Kaori, Tsubasa Mari, Takezato Sayo, Oohara Masumi, Migiwa Natsuko, Takamiya Sachi, etc.
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Indigo, White and Crimson
These folk dances have been passed on for over 400 years: the Ayako Mai festival in Niigata Prefecture, the eight grieving deer of the Shishi-odori of Iwate Prefecture, the 22 meter long giant snake that appears in the Yamashiro Kagura of Yamaguchi Prefecture, and more.
Tristan and Isolde
A tale based on a 12th century troubadour song, which became a legend in the middle ages, spread around France, England, and Germany--all of Europe.
A beautiful love story, set in the chivalric middle ages.
King Mark of Cornwall has a nephew named Tristan who excels in the arts of war.
One day, the King of the nation of Ireland approaches Mark with a proposal to solve a problem he has with paying his tribute. If he accepts, one of his men will battle with the Irish King's servant Morholt, and if he wins, his tribute is unnecessary. Morholt's strong sword arm is fearful, an no one will battle him until Tristan comes forward, battles him and defeats him.
Tristan's great renown echoes throughout all the land, and King Mark in particular casts an eye on him. King Mark, it happens, has another nephew named Melot. Melot does not care for Tristan's fame. He plots with the jester Frocine a way to get Tristan expelled.
As part of the plot, Tristan is dispatched to fetch Isolde, daughter of the king of Ireland, who will become King Mark's wife. The plan is for Tristan to kill the Irish envoy, after which he will not be allowed to return alive.
In the fantastical forests of Ireland, there dwells a dragon who threatens the people. No matter what he has tried, the Irish king has gotten nowhere with the dragon, so he promises whatever they want to whomever can defeat it. Tristan quickly defeats the dragon and is successful in claiming the princess Isolde for his queen.
However, love begins to bloom between the gallant Tristan and the beautiful Isolde. Then the princess's servant gives them a love potion by mistake, and the love becomes a devouring flame.
One day, King Mark brings Merlot on a hunting trip, and orders Tristan to fill his place while they are gone. At last Merlot has his chance to reveal Tristan and Isolde's relationship, and they return unexpectedly. The betrayed king is enraged and exiles Tristan.
And Tristan meets and rescues the daughter of Duke Hoel of Brittany in a tavern. She is known as Isolde of the White Hands. Eventually, the two marry.
However, Tristan cannot forget Queen Isolde, and after a year of living separately from his wife he steals into the castle at Cornwall for a glimpse of the queen.
However, he is soon discovered by King Mark, and receives a serious wound at Merlot's sword. He barely is able to flee to the castle at Kareol, and will only be saved by the secret medicine the Queen Isolde has.....
- "Indigo, White and Crimson" was first performed in the Grand Theater in 1966. It was 8th in a series focused on Japanese folk dances, used in foreign tours.
- "Triston and Isolde" in 1968.
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