ONOE KIKUZď VI

Stage names:

Onoe Kikuz˘ VI In Japanese
Onoe Kikumaru II In Japanese

Real name: Higuchi Tar˘

Guild: Otowaya

Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)

Poetry name: Kato

Existence: 14 June 1923 ~ 30 October 2000

Connection:

Father: Onoe Taganoj˘ III

Career:

March 1935: debut on stage at the Kabukiza, where he performed in one drama ("Shibai Mae") of the program "Onoe no Kane Haru no Akebono", which celebrated the commemorate the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of late Onoe Kikugor˘ V. He received the stage name of Onoe Kikumaru II.

September 1946: Onoe Kikumaru II took the name of Onoe Kikuz˘ VI at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘, playing the role of the tedai Kichiz˘ in the drama "Mekura Nagaya Ume-ga-Kagatobi".

July 1951: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Kikuz˘ played the role of the okujochű Momiji [casting].

January 1952: premiere at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Hagiwara Yukio's Kiyomoto-based d˘j˘jimono "Yuki no D˘j˘ji"; Kikuz˘ played the role of a D˘j˘ji bonze [casting].

December 1954: first Kabuki performances at the T˘yoko Hall; Kikuz˘ played the roles of Hisamatsu, Oine, Sone Matsubŕ and Hananoj˘ in "Nozaki-mura", "Ogurusu no Ch˘bŕ", "B˘ Shibari" and "Shinjű Mannens˘" [more details].

June 1963: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's Nagauta-based dance-drama "ďeyama Shuten D˘ji"; Kikuz˘ played the role of Urabe Suetake [casting]. Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" was produced for the first time at the Kabukiza; Kikuz˘ played the role of Sawamura Kunitar˘ [casting].

October 1965: Kikuz˘ took part in the first Kabuki tour in Western Europe; he played the roles of Fujiwara no Shihei and Hara Goemon in the dramas "Kurumabiki" and "Kanadehon Chűshingura" [casting].

March 1967: Kikuz˘ took part in the first Kabuki tour in Hawaii; he played the roles of the priest Hakuun, Hamamatsuya K˘bŕ, Hitachib˘ Kaison and Mochizuki in "Narukami", "Benten Koz˘", "Kanjinch˘" and "Momijigari".

September/October 1967: Kikuz˘ took part in the Kabuki tour in the United States of North America.

20 June 1978: his father Onoe Taganoj˘ III died.

January 1979: Kikuz˘ took part in the Kabuki tour in China.

March 1981: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Kikuz˘ played the role of Amazake no Osute [casting].

September 1988: Kikuz˘ took part in the Kabuki tour in South Korea.

August 1990: revival at the Kabukiza of the kaidanmono "Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki"; Kikuz˘ played the role of Yorozuya Shinbŕ [casting]

January 1994: Kikuz˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he played the role of Kyűsaku's wife Ok˘ in the drama "Nozaki-mura".

30 October 2000: Kikuz˘ died in T˘ky˘.

Comments:

Onoe Kikuz˘ VI was an important supporting actor of the Otowaya guild. He was mainly an onnagata actor but was also able to occasionally perform as a tachiyaku. His best roles were old women roles in sewamono dramas like Okane ("Kagatobi"), Otsune ("Kamiyui Shinza"), Otoku ("Gapp˘"), Okaya ("Kanpei Harakiri") or Ok˘ ("Nozaki-mura").

Onoe Kikuz˘ VI playing the role of Okaya in the drama "Kanpei Harakiri"

 
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