HEISEI NAKAMURAZA
   
Name Heisei Nakamuraza
Cities T˘ky˘/ďsaka/Nagoya/New York City/Berlin/Sibiu/Matsumoto ...
Introduction

The Heisei Nakamuraza is a Kabuki troupe, which was founded in 2000 by Nakamura Kankur˘, one of Japan's leading Kabuki actors. The troupe uses temporary outdoor theaters in an attempt to recreate in the present Heisei Period the kind of atmosphere of the small, intimate Kabuki theaters of old like the Nakamuraza of the Edo period. Until now this series has presented traditional Kabuki play including "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", "Kagamiyama Gonichi no Iwafuji", "Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami", "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘", "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi" and "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage", all in contemporary versions directed by the contemporary theater director Kushida Kazuyoshi. The first overseas performance of this series was held in a temporary outdoor theater set up in the square in front of the Lincoln Center in New York in 2004, recreating the same facility that had been used for the in a T˘ky˘ performance on the banks of the Sumida River.
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History

November 2000: first edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza, in T˘ky˘ in the district of Asakusa, close to the banks of the Sumida River. The program is made up of "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage" (commonly called "H˘kaib˘") and stars Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Senjaku and Band˘ Yajűr˘.

November 2001: second edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza in T˘ky˘, in the district of Asakusa, close to the banks of the Sumida River. Kankur˘ produces the play "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" in which he plays 3 great roles: Taira no Tomomori, Igami no Gonta and the fox Tadanobu/Genkur˘.

November 2002: first edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza in ďsaka; Nakamura Kankur˘ produces the plays "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" and "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage".

October 2003: third edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza in T˘ky˘, in the district of Asakusa, close to the banks of the Sumida River. Nakamura Kankur˘ produces the dramas "Kagamiyama Gonichi no Iwafuji", "Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami" (the "Hamamatsuya" and "Inasegawa" scenes), "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi" and the dance "Kitsunebi".

July 2004: first edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza abroad. Nakamura Kankur˘ and his troupe (including Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Kamez˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke) perform in Boston (8~10 July, Cutler Majestic Theatre), New York City (17~25 July, Lincoln Center) and Washington DC (28 July, Warner Theater). In Boston and Washington, the troupe presents the dances "B˘ Shibari" and "Renjishi". In New York, an Edo 545-seat traditional theater is built within the Lincoln Center and the troupe successfully presents the great Kamigata drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami".

24~27 September 2006: short stay in Nagoya for the Heisei Nakamuraza as part of the big September Kabuki tour in the Western Provinces [more details].

July 2007: second Heisei Nakamuraza tour in the USA, in New York (Lincoln Center, 16~22 July) and Washington (Warner Theatre, 26 July) [more details].

May~June 2008: first Heisei Nakamuraza tour in Europe, in Berlin at the The House of World Cultures (Germany) from the 14th to the 21st of May 2008 and in Sibiu (Rumania) from the 29th of May to the 1st of June 2008 for the International Theatre Festival; Nakamura Kanzabur˘ produces the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" [casting].

July 2008: first edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza in Matsumoto (Nagano Prefecture); Nakamura Kanzabur˘ produces at the Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" with the same casting as the tour in Europe.

October 2008: fifth edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza in T˘ky˘, in the district of Asakusa, close to the banks of the Sumida River; Nakamura Kanzabur˘ produces for the first time the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", in four different programs with the very rare production of the second act of this drama in one program (the "Rikiya J˘shi" and "Matsukiri" scenes). This edition stars for the very first time Kataoka Nizaemon.

November 2008: sixth edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza in T˘ky˘, in the district of Asakusa, close to the banks of the Sumida River; Nakamura Kanzabur˘ produces the drama "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage" (commonly called "H˘kaib˘").

September 2009: Heisei Nakamuraza in Nagoya; the temporary koshibai look-alike theater is built in the precincts of the Nagoya Castle. There is a matinÚe, which is made up of "H˘kaib˘", and an evening program, which gathers "Domo Mata", "Yudono no Ch˘bŕ" and "Genroku Hanami Odori". The main actors are Nakamura Kanzabur˘, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Sasano Takashi, Nakamura Kantar˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke [more details].

July 2010: Heisei Nakamuraza in Matsumoto; "Sakura Giminden" is staged with the actors Nakamura Kanzabur˘, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Sasano Takashi and Nakamura Shichinosuke [more details].

October 2010: Heisei Nakamuraza in ďsaka (first month) [more details].

November 2010: Heisei Nakamuraza in ďsaka (second month) [more details].

November 2011: first month of a 6-month project for the Heisei Nakamuraza, which is built in T˘ky˘ in the popular district of Asakusa within the Sumida Park [more details].

December 2011: Heisei Nakamuraza in Asakusa (second month) [more details].

January 2012: Heisei Nakamuraza in Asakusa (third month) [more details].

March 2012: Heisei Nakamuraza in Asakusa (fourth month) [more details].

April 2012: Heisei Nakamuraza in Asakusa (fifth month) [more details].

May 2012: Heisei Nakamuraza in Asakusa (sixth month) [more details].

July 2014: third Heisei Nakamuraza performances in New York City, from the 7th to the 12th of July at the Rose Theater (in the Lincoln Center) [more details].

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