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

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

January: Band˘ Yasosuke V took the name of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ X at the Kabukiza [more details].

February: second month of shűmei at the Kabukiza for Band˘ Mitsugor˘ X [more details].

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

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

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

2002 (Heisei 14)
 

January: the National Theatre produced 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 took the name of Nakamura Kaishun II at the Kabukiza [more details].

May: Onoe Tatsunosuke II took the name of Onoe Sh˘roku IV at the Kabukiza [more details].

June: second month of shűmei at the Kabukiza for Onoe Sh˘roku IV [more details].

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

2003 (Heisei 15)
 

The Kabuki world celebrated its 400th Anniversary !

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

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

June: 5th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki, which was staged at the Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon. The play "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" was 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) died.

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

May: Ichikawa Shinnosuke VII took the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI at the Kabukiza [more details].

June: second month of shűmei at the Kabukiza for Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI [more details].

July: Fifth edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza, staged abroad for the first time; Nakamura Kankur˘ and his troupe performed 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 performed in the dances "B˘ Shibari" and "Renjishi". In New York, an Edo 545-seat traditional theater was built within the Lincoln Center and the troupe staged the great Kamigata drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami".

July: Japan decided 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 celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI [more details].

2005 (Heisei 17)
 

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

March: the actor Nakamura Kankur˘ V took the name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza [more details].

April: second month of shűmei at the Kabukiza for Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII [more details]. Chikamatsuza tour in Korea [more details].

May: third month of shűmei at the Kabukiza for Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII [more details].

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

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

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

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

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

2006 (Heisei 18)
 

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

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

March ~ April: 7th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki, which was staged at the Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon. The play "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan" was 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) died.

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

2007 (Heisei 19)
 

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

30 January: the Kabuki photographer Yoshida Chiaki died.

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

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

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

June: 8th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki, which was staged at the Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon. The play "Sannin Kichisa" was 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 Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura", which celebrated the 1070th anniversary of the Naritasan temple, where the Deity Fud˘ My˘˘ was 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 was staged at the Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon. The play "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" was 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˘ produced 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˘ produced 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 starred for the very first time Kataoka Nizaemon.

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

November: for the very first time in Kabuki history, a novel of Edogawa Rampo was adapted for Kabuki. This play, which was staged at the National Theatre, was 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˘ produced the drama "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage" (commonly called "H˘kaib˘").

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

2009 (Heisei 21)
 

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

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

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

23 April: the actor Ichikawa Masuju (1934~2009) died.

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 was differently titled in this revised version; it was 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 was staged to commemorate the 22nd anniversary (23rd memorial service) of late Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII [casting].

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

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

May 2010: the Zenshinza actor Arashi Hironari took 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) died.

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

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

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

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

September 2011: Nakamura Kash˘ III and his son Nakamura Tanetar˘ IV respectively took the names of Nakamura Matagor˘ III and Nakamura Kash˘ IV at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ [more details].

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

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

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

27 December: the actor Ichikawa Rik˘ (1927~2011) died.

2012 (Heisei 24)
 

February 2012: Nakamura Kantar˘ II took the name of Nakamura Kankur˘ VI at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ [more details].

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

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

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

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

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

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

2013 (Heisei 25)
 

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

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

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

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

August: 1st edition of the ABKAI - Ebikai, the gala of the young star Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI [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 Shinbashi Enbuj˘ 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) died.

February: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku 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 received the name of Onoe Sakon III and made his debut on stage (hatsubutai) at the Kabukiza [more details]. Ichikawa Ennosuke IV and Ichikawa Chűsha IX celebrated their shűmei in the central provinces [more details]. 14th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki [more details].

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

11 July: the actor Kataoka Matsunoj˘ II (1941~2014) died.

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

October: the October Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza commemorated 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 commemorated 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, were 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" was 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 took the name of Nakamura Ganjir˘ IV in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza [more details]; Ichikawa Michiyuki took the name of Ichikawa Kudanji IV in T˘ky˘ at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ [more details].

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

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

April: Nakamura Ganjir˘ IV celebrated his shűmei in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza [more details].

6 April: the actor Nakamura Kosanza II (1920~2015) died.

May: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Jayanagi" [more details].

June: Nakamura Ganjir˘ IV celebrated his shűmei in Fukuoka at the Hakataza [more details].

October: production at the National Theatre of "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba" in a t˘shi ky˘gen production (3 acts; 8 scenes) with the revival of the rarely-staged "Daidaik˘" act [more details|casting].

November: revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi" (t˘shi ky˘gen in 4 acts) [more details|casting]. 8th 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: Nakamura Ganjir˘ IV celebrated his shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza [more details].

26 December: the actor Ichimura Tsuruz˘ (1924~2015) died.

2016 (Heisei 28)
 

18 January: the actor Nakamura Umenosuke IV (1930~2016) died.

March: Nakamura Shibajaku VII took the name of Nakamura Jakuemon V in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza [more details].

26 March: the actor Nakamura Utae (1932~2016) died.

April: Nakamura Ganjir˘ IV celebrated his shűmei at the Kanamaruza (Shikoku) [more details].

May: Kabuki tour in Western Europe for Band˘ Yajűr˘ and his son Band˘ Shingo [more details].

12 May: the playwright Ninagawa Yukio (1935~2016) died.

20 May: the actor Kataoka Ichimatsu (1927~2016) died.

June: Nakamura Jakuemon V celebrated his shűmei in Fukuoka at the Hakataza [more details]. 15th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki [more details].

July: Nakamura Jakuemon V celebrated his shűmei in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza [more details].

 
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