Japanese Theatre in Russia: 1928 Tour Posters

Summer 1928: Ichikawa Sadanji II organized the first tour of a Kabuki troupe outside Japan in the summer of 1928. The troupe performed in Moscow and Leningrad. The programs included Kanadehon Chûshingura, Narukami, Toribeyama Shinjû, Shuzenji Monogatari, Banchô Sarayashiki, Musume Dôjôji and some shosagoto, such as Ayatsuri Sambasô, Hanami Odori and Sagi Musume. Beside Ichikawa Sadanji II, the troupe included the actors Ichikawa Shôchô II, Kawarazaki Chôjûrô IV, Ichikawa Danko II, Ichikawa Enshô III, Ichikawa Arajirô II and Ichikawa Sakon. The troupe had the opportunity to meet Sergei Eisenstein (it is said that the influence of Kabuki can be felt in the movie Ivan the Terrible), Vsevolod Meyerhold and Konstantin Stanislavsky. This first Kabuki tour abroad was a huge success.

Posters

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Okamoto Kidô's drama Shuzenji Monogatari.
Sadanji plays the role of the mask-carver Yashaō (from 1911)
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