|NAKAMURA SHIBAJAKU VII|
Nakamura Shibajaku VII
Real name: Aoki Sadayuki
Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)
Birthday: 20 November 1955
Great-grandfather: Nakamura Sagisuke II
Father: Nakamura Jakuemon IV
Brother: ďtani Tomoemon VIII
February 1961: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza and receives the name of ďtani Hiromatsu I.
August 1969: Shibajaku plays at the National Theatre the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune in the "Torii Mae" scene of the drama "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura", which is performed as the first edition of the "Sugi no Ko Kai" show. His stage partners are Nakamura Kankur˘ (Shizuka Gozen) and Nakamura Mitsuteru (Tadanobu).
April 1979: historic revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Namboku IV long-forgotten play "Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise" (commonly called "Date no Jűyaku"); Shibajaku plays the role of Matsushima [casting].
October 1980: Shibajaku plays at the Sunshine Theater in Ikebukuro the role of Aoi Gozen in the "Sanemori Monogatari" act of the play "Gempei Nunobiki no Taki".
July 1984: Shibajaku plays at the National Theatre the role of Okaru in the "Gion Ichiriki Jaya" scene of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". His stage partners are Kataoka Takao (Yuranosuke) and Band˘ Yasosuke V (Heiemon).
January 1985: Shibajaku plays at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ the role of Kozue in the drama "Ishikiri Kajiwara ".
Summer 1985: tour in the USA; Shibajaku plays the roles of Katsura-no-Mae, Iozaki and Koch˘ in "Shibaraku", "Sakurahime Azuma Bunsh˘" and "Tsuchi Gumo", which celebrate the shűmei in the USA of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII [more details].
September 1988: tour in South Korea.
September 1991: Shibajaku plays at the Kabukiza the role of princess Hatsuhana in the play "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto".
1995: Shibajaku plays the role of the actor Iwai Hanshir˘ IV in the movie "Sharaku". This film narrates the life of the famous print-maker T˘shűzai Sharaku, who produced all his works between 1794 and 2nd lunar month of 1795 and disappeared mysteriously, leaving behind him some of the most famous actors prints.
December 1998: Shibajaku plays at the Kabukiza the role of Shinobu in the "Ageya" scene of the play "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi". The roles of the courtesan Miyagino (Shinobu's elder sister) is played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IX.
February 1999: tour in South-East Asia.
April 1999: Shibajaku plays at the National Theatre the role of the courtesan Izayoi in Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kosode Soga Azami no Ironui" (commonly called "Izayoi Seishin"); the role of Seishin is played by Band˘ Yasosuke V.
February 2000: Shibajaku plays at the Kabukiza the role of the courtesan Hakata Kojor˘ in Chikamatsu Monzaemon I's drama "Koi Minato Hakata no Hitofushi" (commonly called "Kezori"). His stage partners are the stars Ichikawa Danjűr˘ (Kezori) and Nakamura Ganjir˘ (S˘shichi).
December 2000: Shibajaku plays at the Kabukiza the role of the courtesan Konoito in the drama "Wakaki Uchina Gusa", which is classic of the Kinokuniya guild. The roles of Ranch˘ and Omiya are played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IX.
March 2001: Shibajaku plays at the Shimbashi Embuj˘ the roles of Kaoyo Gozen and Ichimonjiya Osai in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is staged by the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan to commemorate the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) and the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the deaths of late Onoe Sh˘roku II and Onoe Baik˘ VII.
January 2008: 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; Shibajaku plays the role of Princess Taema [casting].
June 2010: 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); Shibajaku plays the role of Shizuka Gozen [more details].
Nakamura Shibajaku VII is an outstanding onnagata actor, excelling in the roles of princesses, courtesans and merchant daughters.
Nakamura Shibajaku VII's best roles: Shizuka Gozen/Osato ("Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura"), Kaoyo Gozen/Okaru ("Kanadehon Chűshingura"), Princess Taema ("Narukami"), Nishiki-no-Mae ("Kenuki"), Princess Senju ("Aoto Z˘shi Hana no Nishikie").
Official Internet website: www.shibajaku.com
The mon of Nakamura Shibajaku VII
The Nakamura Shibajaku line of actors
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