NEWS FROM THE KABUKI WORLD
2007
31 December
2007

Band˘ Tamasabur˘ will be at the Minamiza in March 2008 to star in "Botantei" and "Y˘kihi". The former dance-drama is a brand-new creation based on the famous Chinese Opera "The Peony Pavilion". The latter dance-drama was created for Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in 1991. Band˘ Tamasabur˘ will share the stage with performers of Kunqu, one of the oldest forms of Chinese opera, who belong to a famous troupe of the Suzhou region.

The Kabuki expert Hattori Yukio (1932~2007) dies the 28th of December 2007.

24 December
2007

The Kabuki Expert Matsui Toshiaki (1929~2007) dies.

The supporting actor Band˘ Tachibana dies the 19th of December 2007. He was a disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI and Ichimura Uzaemon XVII. His real name was Okano Fumio and his yag˘ was Tachibanaya.

12 December
2007

The supporting actors Ichikawa Takiyuki (a disciple of Ichikawa Monnosuke) and Nakamura Ch˘shi (a disciple of Nakamura Shid˘) will celebrate their success at the nadai exam in December 2007 at the Kabukiza. It will also be the occasion for Ichikawa Takiyuki to take the name of Ichikawa Monsh˘.

01 December
2007

Revival of the "Nanzenji Gate" scene (commonly called "Onna Goemon") of the drama "Keisei Hama no Masago" at the Kabukiza in January 2008. The roles of Ishikawaya Masagoji and Taik˘ Hisayoshi will be played by the stage giants Nakamura Jakuemon and Nakamura Kichiemon!

Nakamura Baigyoku received in November 2007 the Purple Ribbon Medal (Shiju H˘sh˘ in Japanese), one of the six japanese medals of honor awarded by the Japanese Government to deserving citizens.

11 November
2007

Revival in January 2008 at the National Theatre of "Komachi-mura Shibai no Sh˘gatsu", a kaomise drama which has not been staged since its premiere 219 years ago!

The stage props master Kanai Shun'ichir˘ dies the 22nd of October 2007. He was the head of the Kanai ďd˘gű Company.

The Nagauta shamisen player Matsushima Jusabur˘ V dies the 19th of October 2007. He took this stage name in 1964 and received in June 1998 the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese). His real name was Shiraishi Hiroshi.

20 October
2007

Nakamura Kinnosuke will celebrate his shűmei at the Minamiza in Ky˘to in December 2007, playing the roles of Togashi Saemon and Soga Gor˘ in "Kanjinch˘" and "Kotobuki Soga no Taimen".

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ receives the 55th Kikuchi Kan Award in recompense for the tour in Paris in March 2007 [more details].

Nakamura Gangor˘, a supporting actor serving Sakata T˘jűr˘, dies the 8th of October 2007 at the age of 60. His real name was Ioi Isao.

30 September
2007

The Nagauta musician Mochizuki Bokusei IV died the 20th of September 2007. He held the name of Mochizuki Tazaemon XI from 1988 to 1993 and became Living National Treasure in 1998. He performed at the Kabukiza up to the 17th of September.

The famous movie director Yamada Y˘ji will shoot two items of Nakamura Kanzabur˘'s special program in October 2007 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘: "Renjishi" and "Bunshichi Mottoi". The film will be released in Japan in Fall 2008, as part as the Shinema Kabuki ("Cinema Kabuki") series.

The supporting actors Band˘ Tamayuki and Band˘ K˘ichi (two disciples of Band˘ Tamasabur˘) will celebrate their success at the nadai exam in October 2007 at the Kabukiza.

9 September
2007

8th anniversary of www.kabuki21.com!

The actor Nakamura Kanzabur˘ is part of the cast of Hirayama Hideyuki's movie "Yajikita D˘chű Teresuko". He plays one of the three major roles, along with the stars Emoto Akira and Koizumi Ky˘ko. This movie is based on Jippensha Ikku's picaresque comic novel "T˘kaid˘chű Hizakurige". The roles of Yajirobei and Kitahachi are played by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ and Emoto Akira. The movie will be released all over Japan the 3rd of November 2007. Its international title is "Three for the Road" [more details].

28 August
2007

We've just found on the web a great site full of Kabuki videos (performed by amateur troupes). You have to install an Add-in (Office Animation Runtime) in order to be able to watch the videos. Lots of classics and a few rare items!

Opening of a new website created by the National Theatre and dedicated to the promotion of the art of Kabuki. There is a Japanese version and an English version.

The drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji" (whose most famous act is "Gapp˘ Anshitsu") will be revived in November 2007 at the National Theatre as a t˘shi ky˘gen production, which will star Sakata T˘jűr˘ in the prestigious role of Tamate Gozen.

31 July
2007

The Chikamatsuza troupe will tour in China in Septembre 2007. The program will be made up of the play "Domo Mata" and the dance "Hanabusa Shűjaku no Shishi". Sakata T˘jűr˘ will play the roles of Otoku and the spirit of the lion in these items. His son Nakamura Kanjaku will play the role of Matahei in "Domo Mata". Here is the schedule:

City Dates
Beijing 4 ~ 5 September
Hangzhou 9 September
Shanghai 13 ~ 15 September
Guangzhou 21 ~ 22 September

The actor Onoe Kikunosuke is part of the cast of Nakata Hideo's movie "Kaidan", playing the role of Shinkichi. This is an adaptation of a famous ghost story, "Shinkei Kasane-ga-Fuchi", which was created by San'yűtei Ench˘. The movie will be released all over Japan the 4th of August 2007.

18 June
2007

Revival at the Kabukiza of "Ninagawa Jűniya", a Kabuki adaptation of Shakespeareĺs "Twelfth Night" [more details].

30 May
2007

We forgot one date for the Heisei Nakamuraza tour in the U.S.A.: the troupe will perform the 26th of July in Washington at the Warner Theatre the dance-dramas "Kanjinch˘" and "Migawari Zazen" [more details].

20 May
2007

The Zenshinza leader Nakamura Umenosuke is part of the cast of the omnibus movie "Yume Jűya" (10 directors, one for each of the 10 nights). This is an adaptation of Natsume S˘seki's famous eponymous novel. The movie will be released all over Japan in Spring 2007.

15 May
2007

The actor Onoe Karoku, a supporting actor of the Otowaya guild, died the 3rd of May 2007.

30 April
2007

The actor Nakamura Shirogor˘ died the 22nd of April 2007.

The 24th and the 25th of April 2007 a special Kabuki program was held at the International House of Japan in Roppongi (T˘ky˘) to celebrate the 120 anniversary of the first tenran kabuki in 1887 (from the 26th to the 29th of April 1887). The Emperor of Japan Akihito and his wife the Empress of Japan Michiko attended the 25th performance of "Kanjinch˘", which starred Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Onoe Kikugor˘ and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ in the roles of Benkei, Togashi and Yoshitsune.

31 March
2007

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ and his two sons, Nakamura Kantar˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke, will be on tour in New York in July 2007! They will build their "family" theater, the Heisei Nakamuraza, in New York for the second time (the first time was in July 2004), at the Lincoln Center in the Avery Fisher Hall. They will stage "Renjishi" the 16th of July and "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage" (commonly called "H˘kaib˘") from the 17th to the 22nd of July.

28 March
2007

The Kabukiza will celebrate in May 2007 the 120th anniversary of the first Kabuki performance given for the Emperor (the 21st of April 1887) with the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘" and the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the death of Ichimura Uzaemon XVII with the drama "Onna Shibaraku".

28 February
2007

The actor Ichikawa Sadanji is part of the cast of Ninagawa Mika's movie "Sakuran", playing the role of a retired man. This is an adaptation of Anno Moyoco's eponymous Manga. The movie was released the 24th of February 2007.

The Kabuki photographer Yoshida Chiaki died the 30th of January 2007.

30 January
2007

Nakamura Kichiemon receives the Special Award of the 6th Asahi Performing Arts Awards (2006).

Ichikawa Kamejir˘ receives the Terayama Shűji Award of the 6th Asahi Performing Arts Awards (2006).

The choreographer Hanayagi Juraku died the 7th of January 2007.

Nakamura Kichiemon receives the 48th Mainichi Performing Arts Awards (2006).

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