TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY 2001~2100
2001 (Heisei 13)
 

12 January: the actor Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IX (1933~2001) dies.

January: Band˘ Yasosuke V takes the name of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ X at the Kabukiza.

31 March: the actor Nakamura Utaemon VI (1917~2001) dies.

June: 4th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki, which is staged at the Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon. The play "Sannin Kichisa" is coproduced by Nakamura Kankur˘ V and the playwright Kushida Kazuyoshi [more details].

8 July: the actor Ichimura Uzaemon XVII (1916~2001) dies.

2002 (Heisei 14)
 

January: the National Theatre produces the revival of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Koharunagi Okitsu Shiranami", which has not been played in its full length since 11th lunar month of 1864 [casting].

April: Nakamura Matsue V takes the name of Nakamura Kaishun II at the Kabukiza.

May: Onoe Tatsunosuke II takes the name of Onoe Sh˘roku IV at the Kabukiza.

June: Sawamura Tanosuke VI receives the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

2003 (Heisei 15)
 

The Kabuki world celebrates its 400th Anniversary !

May: Band˘ Sh˘nosuke, Kataoka Jűz˘ VI and Ichikawa Otora VI take the respective names of Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ IV, Kataoka Ichiz˘ VI and Ichikawa Omez˘ VI at the Kabukiza.

June: Onoe Kikugor˘ VII receives the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

June: 5th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki, which is staged at the Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon. The play "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is coproduced by Nakamura Kankur˘ V and the playwright Kushida Kazuyoshi [more details].

October: revival at the National Theatre with the Omodakaya guild of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari" [casting].

2004 (Heisei 16)
 

28 March: the actor Onoe Kur˘emon II (1922~2004) dies.

23 April: the actor Band˘ Kichiya II (1937~2004) dies.

May: Ichikawa Shinnosuke VII takes the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI at the Kabukiza.

July: Fifth edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza, staged abroad for the first time; Nakamura Kankur˘ and his troupe 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 presents the great Kamigata drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami".

July: Japan decides to nominate Kabuki for recognition by UNESCO for entry in the list of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

October: special Kabuki tour in Paris (France), which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI [more details].

2005 (Heisei 17)
 

February: Band˘ Takeshir˘ takes the name of Band˘ Shinsha IV in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza.

March: the actor Nakamura Kankur˘ V takes the name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza.

April: Chikamatsuza tour in Korea [more details].

June: Chikamatsuza tour in the USA [more details].

June: 6th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki, which is staged at the Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon. The play "Sakura Hime" is produced by the playwright Kushida Kazuyoshi [more details].

November: UNESCO designates Kabuki as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

December: the actor Nakamura Ganjir˘ III takes the name of Sakata T˘jűr˘ IV in Ky˘to at the Minamiza.

26 December: the actor Onoe Matsusuke VI (1946~2005) dies.

2006 (Heisei 18)
 

7 January: the playwright Tobe Ginsaku (1920~2006) dies.

17 February: Ichiyama Nasor˘ (1921~2006), the master of the Ichiyama school of Traditional dance, dies.

March ~ April: 7th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki, which is staged at the Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon. The play "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan" is coproduced by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII and the playwright Kushida Kazuyoshi [more details].

May ~ June: Kabuki tour in Western Europe, in London at the Sadler's Wells (31 May~11 June) and in Amsterdam at the Stadsschouwburg (15~18 June) [more details].

20 October: the actor Nakamura Genzaemon II (1934~2006) dies.

13 December: Nagayama Takeomi, the head of the powerful Sh˘chiku Company, dies in T˘ky˘.

2007 (Heisei 19)
 

7 January: the playwright Tobe Ginsaku (1920~2006) dies.

30 January: the Kabuki photographer Yoshida Chiaki dies.

March: Kabuki tour in Paris (France) [more details].

April: Nakamura Shinjir˘ takes the name of Nakamura Kinnosuke II at the Kabukiza.

22 April: the actor Nakamura Shirogor˘ VII (1931~2007) dies.

June: 8th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki, which is staged at the Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon. The play "Sannin Kichisa" is coproduced by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII and the playwright Kushida Kazuyoshi [more details].

2008 (Heisei 20)
 

January: revival at the National Theatre of Sakurada Jisuke I's kaomise drama "Komachi-mura Shibai no Sh˘gatsu" [more details].

January: revival at the Shimbashi Embuj˘ of "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura", which celebrates the 1070th anniversary of the Naritasan temple, where the Deity Fud˘ My˘˘ is worshipped [casting].

May~June: 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 [more details].

June 2008: 9th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki, which is staged at the Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon. The play "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is coproduced by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII and the playwright Kushida Kazuyoshi [more details].

July: first edition of the HHeisei 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.

September: "Kabuki for Everyone" tour in Russia [more details].

October: 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.

11 October: Nakamura Shid˘ I (1929~2008) dies.

November: for the very first time in Kabuki history, a novel of Edogawa Rampo is adapted to Kabuki. This play, which is staged at the National Theatre, is based on "The Were-Panther" ("Ningenhy˘" in japanese), a novel with the detective Akechi Kogor˘, which was published in 1934 [more details].

November: 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˘").

22 December: the actor Arashi Kanjűr˘ VI (1926~2008) dies.

2009 (Heisei 21)
 

January: revival at the National Theatre of "Z˘hiki", a bombastic play in the aragoto style which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban [casting].

21 February: the actor Nakamura Matagor˘ II (1914~2009) dies.

March: Kabuki adaptation of Shakespeareĺs "Twelfth Night" in London [more details].

July: 10th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki [more details].

September: short Kabuki tour in Monaco for the Naritaya guild [more details].

October: first appearance on stage (omemie), at the Kabukiza, of little Fujima Taiga, son of Onoe Sh˘roku.

2010 (Heisei 22)
 

January: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Gohei's long-forgotten drama "Keisei Kogane no Shachihoko", which is differently titled in this revised version; it is staged to commemorate the 400-year anniversary of the establishment of the city of Nagoya [more details].

February: revival at the Kabukiza of the Nagauta-based dance "Tsume˘", which is staged to commemorate the 22nd anniversary (23rd memorial service) of late Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII [casting].

11 February: the actor Ichikawa Hakotora III (1930~2010) dies.

17 February: the actor Ichimura Yoshigor˘ II (1918~2010) dies.

May 2010: the Zenshinza actor Arashi Hironari takes the name of Arashi Yoshisabur˘ VII at the National Theatre [more details].

June: Kabuki tour in Western Europe, in London at the Sadler's Wells (4~15 June) and in Roma at the Teatro di Roma-Argentina (21~22 June) [more details].

June 2010: 11th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki [more details].

July 2010: Heisei Nakamuraza in Matsumoto [more details].

October 2010: Kabuki tour in Central America to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Japan's Relations with Mexico [more details].

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

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

2011 (Heisei 23)
 

3 January: Living National Treasure Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V (1929~2011) dies.

13 February: the actor Ichikawa Sash˘ III (1926~2011) dies.

27 June: the actor Matsumoto K˘emon (1928~2011) dies.

July: Nakamura Kichiemon receives the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

10 October: Living National Treasure Nakamura Shikan VII (1928~2011) dies.

September 2011: Nakamura Kash˘ III and his son Nakamura Tanetar˘ IV take the respective names of Nakamura Matagor˘ III and Nakamura Kash˘ IV at the Shimbashi Embuj˘ [more details].

November 2011: the Heisei Nakamuraza is back in Asakusa, where it will stay up ... to May 2012! Two different programs each month for 7 months.

19 December: Ichikawa Danjir˘ takes the name of Ichikawa Tsukinosuke II.

25 December: the actors Iwai Hanshir˘ X (1927~2011) and Kataoka Roen VI (1926~2011) die.

2012 (Heisei 24)
 

February 2012: Nakamura Kantar˘ II takes the name of Nakamura Kankur˘ VI at the Shimbashi Embuj˘ [more details].

23 February: Living National Treasure Nakamura Jakuemon IV (1920~2012) dies.

13 March: the actor Sawamura Tetsunosuke V (1930~2012) dies.

June: great shűmei/hatsubutai performances at the Shimbashi Embuj˘ for 3 generations of the Omodakaya guild; Ichikawa Kamejir˘ II and his uncle Ichikawa Ennosuke III respectively take the names of Ichikawa Ennosuke IV and Ichikawa En'˘ II; Ichikawa En'˘ II's son and grandson Ichikawa Chűsha IX and Ichikawa Danko V make their debut on stage [more details].

July: second month of shűmei/hatsubutai performances at the Shimbashi Embuj˘ for 3 generations of the Omodakaya guild [more details].

July: Band˘ Tamasabur˘ receives the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

5 December: the actor Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII (1955~2012) dies.

2013 (Heisei 25)
 

January: the Omodakaya actors Ichikawa En'˘ II, Ichikawa Ennosuke IV and Ichikawa Chűsha IX celebrate their shűmei in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza [more details].

2 February: the Living National Treasure, Nagauta shamisen player, Kineya Gosabur˘ III (1918~2013) dies.

3 February: the actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII (1946~2013) dies.

June: Ichikawa En'˘ II, Ichikawa Ennosuke IV and Ichikawa Chűsha IX celebrate their shűmei in Fukuoka at the Hakataza [more details].

2014 (Heisei 26)
 

January: premiere at the National Theatre of "Sanzen Ry˘ Haru no Komahiki", a revival of Tatsuoka Mansaku's 1794 drama "Keisei Haru no Tori" [more details]. Premiere at the Shimbashi Embuj˘ with Ichikawa Ebiz˘ as zagashira of the drama "Kotohoide Mimasu Kagekiyo", a newly-created drama mixing 4 dramas belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban and focusing on the warrior Akushichiby˘e Kagekiyo [more details].

26 January: the actor Nakamura Kichinoj˘ II (1932~2014) dies.

February: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito" [more details]; 5th edition of the Sistine Kabuki, a Kabuki program within the Sistine Hall of the ďtsuka Museum of Art [more details].

June: the son of Onoe Sh˘roku IV receives the name of Onoe Sakon III and makes his debut on stage (hatsubutai) at the Kabukiza [more details]. Ichikawa Ennosuke IV and Ichikawa Chűsha IX celebrate their shűmei in the central provinces [more details].

July: third Heisei Nakamuraza in New York City [more details].

September: Ichikawa Ennosuke IV and Ichikawa Chűsha IX celebrate their shűmei in the western provinces [more details].

October: the October Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza commemorates the 26th anniversary (27th memorial service) and the 2nd anniversary (3rd memorial service) of late Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII and late Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII [more details].

November: the Annual Festive Face-Showing Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza commemorates the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of the passing away of Matsumoto Haku˘. His two sons, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ and Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, are the zagashira [more details]; 7th Kabuki program with Kataoka Ainosuke as zagashira at the Eirakukan, a renovated traditional theater built in the city of Toyooka (prefecture of Hy˘go) [more details].

December: "Igagoe D˘chű Sugoroku" is staged as a t˘shi ky˘gen (5 acts, 6 scenes), including the rarely-staged "Fujikawa Shinseki" and "Okazaki Yamada K˘bŕ Sumika" acts (they were staged for the last time more than 44 years ago, in September 1970 at the National Theatre), at the National Theatre with Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon as zagashira [more details].

2015 (Heisei 27)
 

January: Nakamura Kanjaku V takes the name of Nakamura Ganjir˘ IV in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza [more details]; Ichikawa Michiyuki takes the name of Ichikawa Kudanji IV in T˘ky˘ at the Shimbashi Embuj˘ [more details].

February: Nakamura Ganjir˘ IV celebrates his second month of shűmei in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza [more details].

21 February: the actor Band˘ Mitsugor˘ X (1956~2015) dies.

 
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