NAKAMURA SHIKAN VII

Stage names:

Nakamura Shikan VII In Japanese
Nakamura Fukusuke VII In Japanese
Nakamura Kotar˘ IV In Japanese

Real name: Nakamura Eijir˘

Guild: Narikomaya

Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)

Existence: 11 March 1928 ~ 10 October 2011

Connections:

Grandfather: Nakamura Utaemon V

Father: Nakamura Fukusuke V

Uncle: Nakamura Utaemon VI

Sons: Nakamura Fukusuke IX, Nakamura Shikan VIII

Son-in-law: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII

Grandsons: Nakamura Kankur˘ VI, Nakamura Shichinosuke II, Nakamura Kotar˘ VI, Nakamura Hashinosuke IV, Nakamura Fukunosuke III, Nakamura Utanosuke IV

Great-grandsons: Nakamura Kantar˘ III, Nakamura Ch˘zabur˘ II

Career:

1 August 1933: his father Nakamura Fukusuke V dies.

November 1933: he makes his first appearance on stage, at the Kabukiza, where he receives the name of Nakamura Kotar˘ IV and plays in the drama "Kiri Hitoha".

12 September 1940: his grandfather Nakamura Utaemon V dies.

October 1941: Nakamura Kotar˘ IV takes the name of Nakamura Fukusuke VII at the Kabukiza.

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

March 1953: premiere at the Kabukiza of Osaragi Jir˘'s drama "Edo no Yűbae"; Fukusuke plays the role of Otose [casting].

March 1954: revival at the Kabukiza of the dance-drama "Imay˘ Suma no Utsushie"; Fukusuke plays the role of the ama Murasame [more details].

December 1954: premiere at the Meijiza of Kawaguchi Matsutar˘'s revision of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi", which is entitled "Osan Mohei"; Fukusuke plays the role of Otama [casting].

June 1963: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's Nagauta-based dance-drama "ďeyama Shuten D˘ji"; Fukusuke plays the role of Lady Sawarabi [casting].

January 1967: revival at the National Theatre of "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura"; Fukusuke plays the role of Princess Taema [casting].

April 1967: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for the Narikomaya and Kagaya guilds; Nakamura Fukusuke VII, Kagaya Fukunosuke, Kagaya Hashinosuke and Nakamura Tamatar˘ III respectively take the names of Nakamura Shikan VII, Nakamura Fukusuke VIII, Nakamura Matsue V and Nakamura T˘z˘ VI; Shikan's son Nakamura Kotar˘ V makes his first stage appearance. The new Shikan plays the roles of Omitsu and Princess Yaegaki in the dramas "Nozakimura" and "Jusshuk˘".

May 1968: revival at the National Theatre of "Ura Omote Sendai Hagi"; Shikan plays the role of Masaoka [casting].

July 1968: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Kama-ga-Fuchi Futatsu Domoe"; Shikan plays the role of Goemon's wife Otaki [casting].

April 1981: revival at the National Theatre of Nishizawa Ipp˘'s drama "Keisei Hama no Masago"; Shikan plays the role of Yodo-no-Kata [casting].

January 1982: revival at the National Theatre of "Z˘hiki", a bombastic play in the aragoto style which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Shikan plays the role of the widow Atago-no-Mae [casting].

15 December 1989: Shikan joins the prestigious Japan Art Academy (Nihon Geijutsuin).

June 1991: premiere at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Sakuragawa"; Shikan plays the role of Somenoi-no-Mae [casting].

1996: Shikan receives the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

November 2005: t˘shi ky˘gen revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Ehon Taik˘ki"; Shikan plays the role of Mashiba Hisayoshi [casting].

10 October 2011: Shikan dies of lung failure in T˘ky˘.

Comments:

Nakamura Shikan VII was one of the most talented and experienced contemporary onnagata actors and the only one being able to play the difficult role of Kakuju in the "D˘my˘ji" act of the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". Some members of the audience used to shout "Kamiyach˘" during his performances - this was the name of his neighboorhood in T˘ky˘ and an original way to appraise this great actor.

Nakamura Shikan playing the role of Ohatsu in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie"
Print courtesy of Paul Binnie (all rights reserved)

The Nakamura Kotar˘ line of actors

The Nakamura Fukusuke line of actors

The Nakamura Shikan line of actors

 
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