|NAKAMURA SHIKAN VIII|
Real name: Nakamura K˘ji
Line number: HACHIDAIME (VIII)
Birthday: 31 August 1965
Great-grandfather: Nakamura Utaemon V
Grandfather: Nakamura Fukusuke V
Father: Nakamura Shikan VII
Brother: Nakamura Fukusuke IX
Brother-in-law: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII
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".
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].
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].
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].
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].
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].
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].
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
The Nakamura Hashinosuke line of actors
The Nakamura Shikan line of actors
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