Yamabuki / Splendor of a Thousand Beats
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Show Program: maf1201
English Title: Yamabuki / Splendor of a Thousand Beats
Japanese Title: 白い山吹 / 華麗なる千拍子
Romanized Title: Shiroi Yamabuki / Karei naru Sen Byoushi
Performances: Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 10/01 - 10/25
Based On: Yamabuki, written by Saisei Muroo
Author: Ariyoshi Sawako
Director: Kasugano Yachiyo
Composer: Totoki Kazuo, Takahashi Ren, Irie Kaoru
Choreographer: Fujima Ryousuke
Splendor of a Thousand Beats
Author: Takagi Shirou
Director: Takagi Shirou
Composer: Nakai Mitsuhara, Nakamoto Kiyozuki. Kawasaki Tsuneo, Takai Yoshizumi, Irie Kaoru, Terada Takio, Minami Yasuo, Taniguchi Yoshihiro
Choreographer: Yasumoto Shinji, Watanabe Takeo, Oka Masami, Sasaki Kazuo, Agata Youji
Available on DVD: No
DVD Scene/Music Cuts:
|Toshimitsu's Retainer||Takadono Yukari|
|Toshimitsu's Retainer||Nachi Wataru|
|Toshimitsu's Retainer||Uchinoe Noboru|
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
The era was the Heian, a period of glorious peace, and the story evolves at Kyoto, then the seat of the Imperial Court, around a young lady called Yamabuki, meaning a yellow rose, whose lot was so destined that she had to see her lover pass away, premature and in spite of an unbound affection binding them. The story, based on the novel entitled Yamabuki, written by Saisei Muroo, one of the foremost novelists of modern Japan, is a beautifully rendered musical dance drama.
Yamabuki, a young lady, desolate and forlorn of heart but charmingly attired in the best of her costumes, is seen sauntering out every evening to wander along snow covered country roads. She, like a mere innocent child, wished that someone would happen to see her in that attire. Was there anybody who would come and admire her, however? The only one whom she wished most to come and see her had already passed away, never to return to her again. Toshimitsu, her husband, had died of illness. Burdened with memories of the happy days she had spend with the lad, Yamabuki would now ceaselessly wander among the mountains.
Yamabuki was a maid employed at a nobleman's mansion. The first time she came across Toshimitsu, with whom she was destined to fall in love, was at a farewell party held in his honor at the residence. That night, pretty yellow roses were in full bloom in every nook of the spacious gardens. From this night they became closely attached, never to be forgotten.
Their love, however, could not blossom out forthwith, because her fellow servants became so jealous of her happiness. It was not until after many vicissitudes had befallen upon her that Yamabuki could meet her lover again. As bad luck would have it, however, on the day of their long coveted reunion a great earthquake occurred, separating the lovers once again. In spite of this, their mutual affection remained unwavered. They steadfastly believed in their mutual faith and fidelity. They dreamt of a day when they would be united together.
On the day of the grand Festival of the time honored Kamo Shrine, they were at long last favored with an opportunity to take up each other's hands and embrace in happy emotion. Her misfortunes did not end here, however. She was saddened to find that her lover was a sick man, suffering from a lung disease, for which a multitude of physical as well as mental agonies consequent upon the great earthquake were evidently responsible for. Her happiness proved a fleeting one. With all her soul and affection, she prayed that her dear one be allowed to live, but to no avail. God had ordained that he should die. The only consolidation was that she was at his bedside when he breathed his last. he died looking at beautiful Yamabui, his sweetheart.
Since then, Yamabuki now forever bereaved of her love, would every evening attire beautifully, saunter forth from the mansion and trace her aimlessly wandering steps along the snow covered mountain paths, ever haunted by Toshimitsu's sweet memories.
Splendor of a Thousand Beats (Listed as "Brilliant Thousand Rhythm" in the English program)
Scene 1 Prologue A
As a gentleman sings "Let's Go on Lover's Wings" on the mid-staircase, a number of singers and dancers appear on the scene, and with the song turning with a duet and a trio, all the members go past the stage singing.
Gentleman Sumi Hanayo
Scene 2 Prologue B
As all the members pose in a picture pattern, a long gentleman comes up from the orchestra box and sings, followed by a chorus and a dance by all.
Scene 3 Brilliant Thousand Rhythm
A gentleman sings out the theme song "Brilliant Thousand Rhythm"
Gentleman Sumi Hanayo
Scene 4 Man Who Sells Happiness
A stage keynoted by an orchestra centering around drums and pianos. All the members, who appeared in Prologue, singing the theme song, "Man Who Sells Happiness" stage a parade. Then, after a dancing of musical instruments, all the members, again, stage a grand parade, ending up in a chorus.
Scene 5 Rhythm of March
A line dance by 36 glamor soldiers. Then, a long girl sings "My Soldier"
Girl Kisaragi Miwako
Scene 6 Song of London
A sketch of Buckingham Palace. Taking turns of the guards and various aspects of sightseers are described in dance.
Scene 7 - 9 Song of Venice
A single masked gentleman sings. In front of a huge Mask extending along the stage, masked ladies dance as the afore appearing gentleman sings. The stage changes and 36 Dolls stage a line dance.
Masked Gentlman Kasugano Yachiyo
Masked Lady Megumi Sakae
Scene 10 Song of Gondola
Night at Venice, with the lights brightly reflecting in water, as the tune of the "Song of Gondola" flows, a gondola is seen quietly streaming along.
Singer Sumi Hanayo
Scene 11 Rhythmless Rhythm
A lone man sings two songs of Paris.
Singer Sumi Hanayo
Scene 12 - 14 Rhythm of Bongo
As seven men strike at Bongo, many girls show up by turns and dance. Lastly, on a stage decorated with golden pineapples, half naked men and girls dance, while female singer sings "Carnival at Rio".
Singer Woman Maki Katsumi
Solo Dancer Man Amagi Tsukie
Solo Dancer Woman Kuroki Hikaru
Queen of Pineapple Sumi Hanayo
Scene 15 Carnival at Rio
A beautiful night scene of Rio de Janeiro. Many men and girls gaily dance holding maracas in hand.
Scene 16 Song of Bull Fight
A comical song and dance by Carmen and a fighting bull
Bullfighter Mizuho Youko
Eskamillio Mizushiro Tamamo
Carmen Misuzu Toshiko
Scene 17 Flamenco
Flamenco dance by a couple of Spanish dancers
Man Amagi Tsukie
Woman Kuroki Hikaru
Scene 18 Song of Spain
As a singer sings the Songo of Valencia, four men dance, with red, white, green, and yellow attired dancers flirting with them.
Singer Maki Katsumi
Scene 19 - 21 Harp
Two big harps in the center of the stage. In front of them, a lone gentleman and two sets of trio sing together, when a huge hand comes out of the curtain and plays on the harp. Then six girls play on six harps when a lovely Muse gracefully appears on the moon high up in the sky. She then dances in company with the gentleman. Lastly, three Bridges of Happiness float out amid the blue sky, when 24 angels, talking of love dance gracefully.
Gentleman Nachi Wataru
Muse Oozora Midori
Dancer Man Uchinoe Noboru
Dancer Woman Shijou Hideko
Scene 22 In Search of Rhythm of Jazz
Two explorers walk into the African inland, when a daughter of the carnivals comes onto them. Three, then, sing together.
Explorer Kasugano Yachiyo
Explorer Sumi Hanayo
Daughter of the Carnivals Maki Katsumi
Scene 23 Rhythm of Africa
A cut head of the Hottentot tribe in the center of the jungles. On its lips, a native woman steps on and sings an eerie song.
Dancer Maki Katsumi
Scene 24 Rhythm of Jazz
At New Orleans. Music develops into jazz, with eight sets of men and girls and a set of African American trio dancing. Then, as the stage changes its color, eight each of African American men and girls and "red" girls appear by turns and sing.
Scene 25 Song of New York
A New York street. The men and girls appearing in the previous scene show up in another costume and unfurl a frantic dance.
Scene 26 Song of small Birds
Two canaries, male and female, fly down among the spectators and whisper in sweet voices.
Canary Mizuho Youko
Canary Mizushiro Tamamo
Scene 27 - 30 Song of Paris
In front of the curtain of the Eiffel Tower, men by turns sing the theme song "Man Who Sells Happiness"
Lady Asuka Taeko
Parisian Duet Nachi Wataru and Uchinoe Noboru
Parisian SoloSumi Hanayo
Scene 31 Eiffel Tower
On a huge Eiffel Tower a singer sings the theme song.
Singer Maki Katsumi
Scene 32 Finale
All the members show up in a grand dance and chorus.
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