|ONOE KIKUZď VI|
Real name: Higuchi Tar˘
Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)
Poetry name: Kato
Existence: 14 June 1923 ~ 30 October 2000
Father: Onoe Taganoj˘ III
March 1935: debut on stage at the Kabukiza, where he performed in one drama ("Shibai-mae") of the program "Onoe no Kane Haru no Akebono", which celebrated the commemorate the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of late Onoe Kikugor˘ V. He received the stage name of Onoe Kikumaru II.
December 1954: first Kabuki performances at the T˘yoko Hall; Kikuz˘ played the roles of Hisamatsu, Oine, Sone Matsubŕ and Hananoj˘ in "Nozaki-mura", "Ogurusu no Ch˘bŕ", "B˘ Shibari" and "Shinjű Mannens˘" [more details].
June 1963: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's Nagauta-based dance-drama "ďeyama Shuten D˘ji"; Kikuz˘ played the role of Urabe Suetake [casting]. Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" was produced for the first time at the Kabukiza; Kikuz˘ played the role of Sawamura Kunitar˘ [casting].
March 1967: Kikuz˘ took part in the first Kabuki tour in Hawaii; he played the roles of the priest Hakuun, Hamamatsuya K˘bŕ, Hitachib˘ Kaison and Mochizuki in "Narukami", "Benten Koz˘", "Kanjinch˘" and "Momijigari".
September/October 1967: Kikuz˘ took part in the Kabuki tour in the United States of North America.
20 June 1978: his father Onoe Taganoj˘ III died.
January 1979: Kikuz˘ took part in the Kabuki tour in China.
September 1988: Kikuz˘ took part in the Kabuki tour in South Korea.
30 October 2000: Kikuz˘ died in T˘ky˘.
Onoe Kikuz˘ VI was an important supporting actor of the Otowaya guild. He was mainly an onnagata actor but was also able to occasionally perform as a tachiyaku. His best roles were old women roles in sewamono dramas like Okane ("Kagatobi"), Otsune ("Kamiyui Shinza"), Otoku ("Gapp˘"), Okaya ("Kanpei Harakiri") or Ok˘ ("Nozaki-mura").
Onoe Kikuz˘ VI playing the role of Okaya in the drama "Kanpei Harakiri"
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