NAKAMURA KANZABURď XVIII

Stage names:

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII In Japanese
Nakamura Kankur˘ V In Japanese

Real name: Namino Noriaki

Guild: Nakamuraya

Line number: J█HACHIDAIME (XVIII)

Existence: 30 May 1955 ~ 5 December 2012

Connections:

Great-great-great-grandfathers: Onoe Kikugor˘ III, Ichimura Uzaemon XI

Great-great-grandfather: Ichimura Takenoj˘ V

Great-grandfathers: Onoe Kikugor˘ V, Nakamura Karoku I

Grandfathers: Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, Nakamura Karoku III

Father: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII

Father-in-law: Nakamura Shikan VII

Brother-in-laws: Nakamura Fukusuke IX, Nakamura Hashinosuke III

Sons: Nakamura Kankur˘ VI, Nakamura Shichinosuke II

Career:

April 1959: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza, receiving the name Nakamura Kankur˘ V and playing in "Mukashi Banashi Momotar˘".

May 1964: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's Nagauta-based dance-drama "Bukaku Setsugekka"; Kankur˘ plays the role of the little insect [casting].

January 1966: Kankur˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sankichi in the "Shigenoi Kowakare" scene of the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna"; the role of Shigenoi is played by Onoe Baik˘ VII.

January 1980: Kankur˘ takes part in the first Kabuki performances at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ [more details].

April 1988: Kankur˘ plays for the first time the role of the hairdresser Shinza in the play "Kamiyui Shinza" which is performed at the National Theatre. His father Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII dies the 16th of April.

June 1989: the drama "Kaidan Botan D˘r˘" using ďnishi Nobuyuki's script is staged for the first time with a full Kabuki casting, at the Shimbashi Embuj˘; Kankur˘ plays the role of San'yűtei Ench˘ [casting].

May~June 1994: first edition of the Cocoon Kabuki, which is 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" is coproduced by Kankur˘ and the playwright Kushida Kazuyoshi; Kankur˘ plays the roles of Oiwa, Sat˘ Yomoshichi and Kobotoke Kohei [more details].

August 1996: revival at the Kabukiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Korikori Banashi"; Kankur˘ plays the role of Inosuke [more details].

August~September 1996: second edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; Kankur˘ plays the roles of Danshichi Kurobei and Tokubei's wife Otatsu [more details].

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

November 2000: Kankur˘ supervises the construction of a temporary Theater in the district of Asakusa in T˘ky˘, called Heisei Nakamuraza (the Nakamuraza of the Heisei Era), and produces the play "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage" (commonly called "H˘kaib˘").

1 January 2001: Kankur˘ and his 2 sons perform in the dance "Renjishi" at the break of New Year in Naruto, east of T˘ky˘, on a temporary stage built on the shore of the Kujukuri Beach.

June 2001: 4th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Sannin Kichisa"; Kankur˘ plays the role of Osh˘ Kichisa [more details].

August 2001: Kankur˘ and the noted modern theatre director Noda Hideki present for the 12th edition of Nakamura Kankur˘'s summer program at the Kabukiza a modern version of the drama "Togidatsu no Utare". The performance is a great success and, unusual fact in the Kabuki world, ends with a standing ovation.

November 2001: second edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza in Asakusa. Kankur˘ produces the play "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura" in which he plays 3 great roles: Taira no Tomomori, Igami no Gonta and the fox Tadanobu/Genkur˘.

November 2002: third edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza, staged in ďsaka for the first time; Kankur˘ produces the plays "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" and "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage".

June 2003: 5th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; Kankur˘ plays the roles of Danshichi Kurobei and Tokubei's wife Otatsu [more details].

October 2003: fourth edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza; Kankur˘ produces the dramas "Kagamiyama Gonichi no Iwafuji", "Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami" (the "Hamamatsuya" and "Inasegawa" scenes), "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi" and the dance "Kitsunebi".

July 2004: Fifth edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza, staged abroad for the first time; Kankur˘ and his troupe (including Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Kamez˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke) perform 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 presents the dances "B˘ Shibari" and "Renjishi". In New York, an Edo 545-seat traditional theater is built within the Lincoln Center and the troupe presents the great Kamigata drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" [more details].

March 2005: Nakamura Kankur˘ V takes the name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Yoshioka Kiichi H˘gen, Sasaki Moritsuna and the sardine seller in the drama "Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari", "Moritsuna Jin'ya" and "Iwashi Uri Koi no Hikiami".

April 2005: Kanzabur˘ celebrates his second month of shűmei at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of the shiraby˘shi Hanako, Kingor˘ and Sano Jir˘zaemon in "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji", "Kirare Yosa" and "Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame".

May 2005: Kanzabur˘ celebrates his third month of shűmei at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of the Saruwakaza's zamoto, the hairdresser Shinza and Moriyama Tatsuji in "Iyasakae Shibai no Nigiwai", "Kamiyui Shinza" and "Nodaban Togitatsu no Utare".

June 2005: 6th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki ... the first one without Kanzabur˘, who prefers to have a rest after 3 months of shűmei [more details].

July 2005: Kanzabur˘ celebrates his shűmei in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza, playing the roles of the Wisteria Maiden, Heisaku, ďe Hiromoto and Moriyama Tatsuji in the dramas "Fuji Musume", "Numazu", "Miyajima no Danmari" and "Nodaban Togitatsu no Utare".

October 2005: Kanzabur˘ celebrates his shűmei in Nagoya at the Misonoza, playing the roles of the father lion and Benten Koz˘ in "Renjishi" and "Aoto Z˘shi Hana no Nishikie".

March~April 2006: 7th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production (in two different programs) of "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan"; Kanzabur˘ plays the roles of Oiwa/Sat˘ Yomoshichi/Kobotoke Kohei or Oiwa/Naosuke Gombei [more details].

June 2006: Kanzabur˘ celebrates his shűmei in Fukuoka at the Hakataza, playing the roles of the spirit of the Lion, Ch˘bei and Benten Koz˘ in the dramas "Renjishi", "Bunshichi Mottoi" and "Benten Musume".

July 2006: Kanzabur˘ celebrates his shűmei in the Eastern Provinces, playing the roles of Uky˘ and Gonta in "Migawari Zazen" and "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura".

September 2006: Kanzabur˘ celebrates his shűmei in the Western Provinces, playing the roles of Uky˘ and Gonta in "Migawari Zazen" and "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura".

December 2006: Kanzabur˘ celebrates his shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, playing the roles of Tadanobu and the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the drama "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura" and the dance "Musume D˘j˘ji".

June 2007: 8th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Sannin Kichisa"; Kanzabur˘ plays the role of Osh˘ 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); Kanzabur˘ plays in New York the roles of the Lion father and H˘kaib˘ in "Renjishi" and "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage". He also plays in Washington the roles of Togashi Saemon and Uky˘ in "Kanjinch˘" and "Migawari Zazen" [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; Kanzabur˘ plays the role of Danshichi Kurobei in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" [casting].

June 2008: 9th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; Kanzabur˘ plays the role of Danshichi Kurobei [more details].

July 2008: first edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza in Matsumoto (Nagano Prefecture); Kanzabur˘ produces at the Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" with the same casting as the tour in Europe [more details].

October 2008: fifth edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza in T˘ky˘, in the district of Asakusa, close to the banks of the Sumida River; Kanzabur˘ produces for the first time the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", in four different programs with the very rare production of the second act of this drama in one program (the "Rikiya J˘shi" and "Matsukiri" scenes). This edition stars for the very first time Kataoka Nizaemon; Kanzabur˘ plays the roles of En'ya Hangan, Hayano Kampei, Hattori Itsur˘, Tonase and Genroku [more details].

November 2008: sixth edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza in T˘ky˘, in the district of Asakusa, close to the banks of the Sumida River; Kanzabur˘ produces the drama "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage" (commonly called "H˘kaib˘") in which he plays the role of H˘kaib˘ [more details].

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].

May 2012: Kanzabur˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Heisei Nakamuraza, where he plays the roles of Tatsugor˘ and Shinza in "Megumi no Kenka" and "Kamiyui Shinza". He also leads a special k˘j˘ (stage announcement) within the dance "Shigayama Sambas˘".

5th December 2012: Kanzabur˘ dies in T˘ky˘.

Comments:

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII was one of the most popular and dynamic actors of the 21st Century. He unfortunately passed away at the age of 57.

"Kanzabur˘ is particularly adept at portraying good characters who are driven insane by rage, jealousy or the trauma of tragic circumstances and, whether he is playing historical heroes or Edo-period commoners, he always manages to incorporate an element of surprise and suspense. However, Kabuki accounts for only part of Kankur˘'s work. He also acts in musicals and comedies and can sometimes be seen in commercials." (from an article written by Jean Wilson for the website Metropolis)

Interesting pages:

  • Official website
  • Interview
  • Kanzabur˘'s Furoshiki
  • Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII playing the role of Okane in the dance "ďmi no Okane" in an illustration made by Sugimura Yoshikazu (1962~1998)

    The Nakamura Kankur˘ line of actors

    The Nakamura Kanzabur˘ line of actors and theater managers

    A great article about Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII

     
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