|ONOE KIKUZď VI|
Real name: Higuchi Tar˘
Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)
Poetry name: Kato
Existence: 14 June 1923 ~ 30 October 2000
Father: Onoe Taganoj˘ III
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.
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].
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.
September 1988: Kikuz˘ took part in the Kabuki tour in South Korea.
30 October 2000: Kikuz˘ died in T˘ky˘.
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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