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Chunori (midair performance)

【宙乗り】

【CHUNORI】

 
Chunori in “Yoshitsune Sembonzakura”. Ichikawa Ukon (Ichikawa Udanji 3rd) as Genkuro Gitsune. July, 2005 at the National Theatre.
This is a showy stage direction of Keren color of pulling up the actor's body by wires and moving his body in flight inside the theatre. The direction is mainly employed for the role of a sorcerer, a ghost, or the incarnation of animals. In general, the performance begins around Suppon, and the actor flies above the Hanamichi and disappears in the third-floor seats. Other than this, the actor moves on stage from the left side to the right side.
The video shows “Kawatsura Hogen Yakata no ba” in “Yoshitsune Sembonzakura”. The scene in which Genkuro Gitsune is given a drum associated with its parent fox and leaves with it in delight, is expressed in the midair performance.
Chunori performances had already appeared on stage in the Edo period, but decreased in number after the Meiji period. Today, the performance has become popular again.

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