Dattan = The fire ritual: First performed in 1967, this dance piece is a recreation of the annual Shuni-e ritual that takes place at the great Todaiji Temple in Nara. This ritual was performed on behalf of the state to prevent natural disasters, epidemics and rebellions and to ensure bountiful harvests and peace across the Nation.
Ninin-Wankyū = The two Wankyus: One of the oldest dances in the Kabuki repertoire; recounts the story of Wanya Kyūbei, the son of a rich merchant who fell in love with the courtesan Matsuyama. He squanders such huge amounts of money on his visits to the courtesan that his parents finally place him under house arrest. He escapes and wanders the streets penniless, eventually drowning in the Aji River.
DVD; MPEG2; NTSC; all region; Dolby digital, stereo.
Subtitles in Japanese, with optional commentaries in Japanese and English sound tracks.
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