NAKAMURA SHIKAN VIII

Stage names:

Nakamura Shikan VIII In Japanese
Nakamura Hashinosuke III In Japanese
Nakamura K˘ji In Japanese


Real name: Nakamura K˘ji

Guild: Narikomaya

Line number: HACHIDAIME (VIII)

Birthday: 31 August 1965

Connections:

Great-grandfather: Nakamura Utaemon V

Grandfather: Nakamura Fukusuke V

Father: Nakamura Shikan VII

Brother: Nakamura Fukusuke IX

Brother-in-law: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII

Sons: Nakamura Hashinosuke IV, Nakamura Fukunosuke III, Nakamura Utanosuke IV

Career:

May 1970: he made his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza, playing under his real name in the play "Mukashi Banashi Momotar˘".

April 1980: Nakamura K˘ji took the name of Nakamura Hashinosuke III at the Kabukiza, playing roles of the naked warrior, Tezuka no Tar˘ and the priest Shűron in the dramas "Hototogisu Koj˘ no Rakugetsu", "Onna Shibaraku" and "Renjishi".

January 1982: revival at the National Theatre of "Z˘hiki", a bombastic play in the aragoto style belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Hashinosuke played the role of Funakata K˘za [casting].

April 1986: Hashinosuke played for the first time the prestigious role of the warrior Taira no Tomomori in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which was staged at the National Theatre.

August 1990: revival at the Kabukiza of the kaidanmono "Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki"; Hashinosuke played the role of Isogai Namie [casting].

June 1991: premiere at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Sakuragawa"; Hashinosuke played the role of the Isobedera Temple head Chikukei [casting].

January 1994: Hashinosuke played for the first time the bombastic role of Soga Gor˘ in the drama "Ya-no-Ne", which was staged at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘.

May~June 1994: first edition of the Cocoon Kabuki, which was staged at the Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon and recreates the atmosphere of the Edo koshibai and brings the actors closer to the audience. The play "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan" was coproduced by Nakamura Kankur˘ V and the playwright Kushida Kazuyoshi; Hashinosuke played the role of Tamiya Iemon [more details].

August~September 1996: second edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; Hashinosuke played the role of Issun Tokubŕ [more details].

September 1998: third edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Kamikakete Sango Taisetsu"; Hashinosuke plays (in turns with Nakamura Kankur˘) the roles of Satsuma Gengobŕ or Sasanoya Sangor˘ [more details].

September 1999: revival at the Minamiza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘"; Hashinosuke played the roles of Okada Ry˘suke and Ogasawara T˘t˘mi-no-Kami [casting].

September 2000: his two sons Nakamura Kunio and Nakamura Muneo made their first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza.

June 2001: 4th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Sannin Kichisa"; Hashinosuke played the role of Ob˘ Kichisa [more details].

June 2003: 5th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; Hashinosuke played the role of Issun Tokubŕ [more details].

July 2004: Fifth edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza, staged abroad for the first time; Nakamura Kankur˘ and his troupe, which included Hashinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Kamez˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke, performed in Boston (8~10 July, Cutler Majestic Theatre), New York City (17~25 July, Lincoln Center) and Washington DC (28 July, Warner Theater). In Boston and Washington, the troupe performed the dances "B˘ Shibari" and "Renjishi". In New York, an Edo 545-seat traditional theater was built within the Lincoln Center and the troupe performed in the great Kamigata drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" [more details].

June 2005: 6th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki (the first one without Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII) with the production of "Sakura Hime"; Hashinosuke played the roles of the priest Seigen and Tsurigane Gonsuke [more details].

November 2005: t˘shi ky˘gen revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Ehon Taik˘ki"; Hashinosuke played the role of Takechi Mitsuhide [casting].

March~April 2006: 7th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production (in two different programs) of "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan"; Hashinosuke played the roles of Tamiya Iemon or Tamiya Iemon/Oshioda Matanoj˘ [more details].

June 2007: 8th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Sannin Kichisa"; Hashinosuke played the role of Ob˘ Kichisa [more details].

July 2007: second Heisei Nakamuraza tour in the USA, in New York (Lincoln Center, 16~22 July) and Washington (Warner Theatre, 26 July); Hashinosuke played in New York the roles of a priest and Jinzabur˘ in "Renjishi" and "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage". He also played in Washington the role of Musashib˘ Benkei in "Kanjinch˘" [more details].

May~June 2008: first Heisei Nakamuraza tour in Europe, in Berlin at the The House of World Cultures (Germany) from the 14th to the 21st of May 2008 and in Sibiu (Rumania) from the 29th of May to the 1st of June 2008 for the International Theatre Festival; Hashinosuke played the role of Issun Tokubŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" [casting].

June 2008: 9th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; Hashinosuke played the role of Issun Tokubŕ [more details].

January 2009: revival at the National Theatre of "Z˘hiki", a bombastic play in the aragoto style belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Hashinosuke played the role of the priest Gazenb˘ [casting].

July 2009: 10th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki [more details].

September 2009: Heisei Nakamuraza in Nagoya [more details].

June 2010: 11th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki [more details].

July 2010: Heisei Nakamuraza in Matsumoto [more details].

October 2014: the October Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza commemorated the 26th anniversary (27th memorial service) and the 2nd anniversary (3rd memorial service) of late Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII and late Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII [more details].

October 2016: Nakamura Hashinosuke III and his three sons Nakamura Kunio, Nakamura Muneo and Nakamura Yoshio took the names of Nakamura Shikan VIII, Nakamura Hashinosuke IV, Nakamura Fukunosuke III and Nakamura Utanosuke IV at the Kabukiza; the new Shikan played the roles of Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ and Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane in "Kiwametsuki Banzui Ch˘bŕ" and "Kumagai Jin'ya" [more details].

November 2016: Nakamura Shikan VIII, Nakamura Hashinosuke IV, Nakamura Fukunosuke III and Nakamura Utanosuke IV celebrated their second month of shűmei at the Kabukiza; the new Shikan played the roles of the parent shishi and Sasaki Moritsuna in "Renjishi" and "Moritsuna Jin'ya" [more details].

January 2017: Nakamura Shikan VIII, Nakamura Hashinosuke IV, Nakamura Fukunosuke III and Nakamura Utanosuke IV celebrated their shűmei in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza; the new Shikan played the roles of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki, Musashib˘ Benkei and the young master Yorozuya Kinnosuke in "Ishikiri Kajiwara", "Kanjinch˘" and "Kari no Tayori" [more details].

March 2017: Kabuki performances in the People's Republic of China in Beijing from the 18th to the 20th of March 2017 at the Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center in the heart of the Tianqiao District; Shikan played the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu (in reality the fox Genkur˘) and Tanbaya Hachiemon in "Torii Mae" and "Fűin Giri" [more details].

June 2017: Nakamura Shikan VIII, Nakamura Hashinosuke IV, Nakamura Fukunosuke III and Nakamura Utanosuke IV celebrated their shűmei in Fukuoka at the Hakataza; the new Shikan played the roles of Matsu˘maru, K˘chiyama S˘shun and the parent shishi in "Kurumabiki", "K˘chiyama" and "Renjishi" [more details].

July 2017: Nakamura Shikan VIII and two of his three sons, Nakamura Hashinosuke IV and Nakamura Fukunosuke III, celebrated their shűmei in the eastern provinces; Shikan played the role of Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane in "Kumagai Jin'ya" [more details].

Comments:

Nakamura Shikan VIII is an outstanding tachiyaku actor, who was born in a family of onnagata stars. His art and physical appearance remind us of the prestigious ancestors of his clan, like Nakamura Shikan IV or Nakamura Utaemon IV.

Nakamura Shikan VIII in a print made by Lynn Matsuoka
Print courtesy of Lynn Matsuoka Studios (all rights reserved)
Lynn Matsuoka worked in the dressing room and back stage, right in front of the actor, not from Pictures!!!

The Nakamura Hashinosuke line of actors

The Nakamura Shikan line of actors

 
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