ONOE KIKUGORď VII

Stage names:

Onoe Kikugor˘ VII
Onoe Kikunosuke IV
Onoe Ushinosuke V

Real name: Terashima Hideyuki

Guild: Otowaya

Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)

Birthday: 2 October 1942

Connections:

Father: Onoe Baik˘ VII

Son: Onoe Kikunosuke V

Career:

April 1948: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Shimbashi Embuj˘, receiving the name of Onoe Ushinosuke V and playing a kamuro role in the drama "Sukeroku".

September 1962: Ushinosuke plays for the first time the role of Sakuramaru in the "Kurumabiki" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is staged at the T˘yoko Hall. His stage partners are Ichikawa Omez˘ V (Matsu˘maru) and Band˘ Kamesabur˘ IV (Ume˘maru).

January 1964: Ushinosuke plays at the T˘yoko Hall the roles of Soga Jűr˘ and Yoshitsune in the dramas "Kotobuki Soga no Taimen" and "Kanjinch˘". His stage partners in "Kanjinch˘" are Ichikawa Shinnosuke VI (Benkei) and Onoe Sakon I (Togashi).

May 1965: shűmei at the Kabukiza for 3 young actors of the Otowaya guild; Onoe Ushinosuke V, Band˘ Kamesabur˘ IV and Onoe Sakon I respectively take the names of Onoe Kikunosuke IV, Band˘ Shinsui VIII, and Onoe Tatsunosuke I. The new Kikunosuke plays the roles of Soga Jűr˘ and Matsu-no-Kimi in the dramas "Kotobuki Soga no Taimen" and "Kimi-ga-Yo Sh˘chikubai".

June 1965: Kikunosuke plays for the first time the role of Benten Koz˘ Kikunosuke in the drama "Shiranami Gonin no Otoko", which is performed at the T˘yoko Hall.

October 1965: Kikunosuke takes part in the first Kabuki tour in Western Europe; he plays the roles of Rikiya and a butterfly in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura" and the dance "Kagami Jishi" [casting].

1966: he grows in popularity with his performance in the TV drama "Minamoto Yoshitsune" produced by the NHK. The threesome called the "Three Suke" (san no suke in Japanese), made up of Ichikawa Shinnosuke VI, Onoe Tatsunosuke I and Kikunosuke, starts to bring large audience in the theaters for their performances.

May 1966: Kikunosuke plays at the Kabukiza the role of princess Minazuru in the drama "Kikubatake".

September 1966: Kikunosuke plays at the Kabukiza the role of Otomi in the drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Yosabur˘ is played by Ichikawa Shinnosuke VI.

January 1967: Kikunosuke plays at the T˘yoko Hall the roles of Hanako and Satsuki in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji" and the play "Gosho no Goroz˘".

October 1967: Kikunosuke plays for the first time the role of the princess Yaegaki in the classic "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘" ("Jusshuk˘"), which is staged at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘. His stage partners in the roles of Nureginu and Katsuyori are Ichikawa Monnosuke VII and Ichikawa Shinnosuke VI.

January 1968: Kikunosuke plays at the T˘yoko Hall the role of Oj˘ Kichisa in the drama "Sannin Kichisa". His stage partners are Onoe Tatsunosuke I (Ob˘ Kichisa) and Ichikawa Shinnosuke VI (Osh˘ Kichisa).

February 1968: Kikunosuke plays at the Kabukiza the difficult role of princess Toki in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki".

April 1971: revival at the National Theatre of Nagawa Shimesuke I's drama "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage"; Kikunosuke plays the role of the Eirakuya tedai Y˘suke, in reality Yoshida Matsuwaka [casting].

May 1973: Kikunosuke plays for the first time, at the Kabukiza, the role of Kasane in the dance "Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame"; the role of Yoemon is played by Ichikawa Ebiz˘ X.

June 1973: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Namboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito"; Kikunosuke plays the role of Ofusa [casting].

October 1973: Onoe Kikunosuke IV takes the prestigious name of Onoe Kikugor˘ VII at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Hanako and Benten Koz˘ in dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji" and the play "Shiranami Gonin Otoko".

November 1973: Kikugor˘ celebrates his second month of shűmei at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Sukerouku and princess Yaegaki in the dramas "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Momoyogusa" and "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘" ("Jusshuk˘").

January 1974: Kikugor˘ plays at the National Theatre the colorful and bombastic role of Tomoe Gozen in the drama "Onna Shibaraku".

February 1974: Kikugor˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of the courtesan Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamamba".

May 1974: Kikugor˘ celebrates his shűmei at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza, playing the roles of Sukeroku and the princess Sarashina in the drama "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Momoyogusa" and the dance "Momijigari".

October 1974: Kikugor˘ celebrates his shűmei in Nagoya at the Misonoza, playing the roles of Benten Koz˘ and the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the drama "Shiranami Gonin Otoko" and the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji".

December 1974: Kikugor˘ celebrates his shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, playing the roles of the spirit of the Lion and Tomoe Gozen in the dance "Kagami jishi" and the drama "Onna Shibaraku".

March 1975: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari"; Kikugor˘ plays the role of Jiraiya [casting].

February 1976: Kikugor˘ plays for the first time the difficult role of Omiwa in the "Mikasayama Goten" scene of the classic "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", which is staged at the Kabukiza.

February 1978: Kikugor˘ plays for the first time the role of Sakuramaru in the "Ga no Iwai" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is staged at the Kabukiza; the role of Yae is played by Ichimura Manjir˘.

November 1979: Kikugor˘ plays for the first time, at the Kabukiza, the role of Yoemon in the dance "Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame"; the role of Kasane is played by his father Onoe Baik˘ VII.

October 1982: Kikugor˘ plays for the first time, at the Kabukiza, the role of Matsuwaka in the drama "Miyakodori Nagare no Shiranami".

December 1985: Kikugor˘ plays for the first time, at the Kabukiza, the role of Naojir˘ in the drama "Yuki no Yűbe Iriya no Azemichi"; the role of the courtesan Michitose is played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IX.

January 1986: Kikugor˘ plays at the National Theatre the roles of Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi, Yamazakiya Yogor˘ and Jűjibei in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki".

June 1986: Kikugor˘ plays for the first time the role of Igami no Gonta in the "Sushiya" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura", which is staged at the Kabukiza.

September 1988: tour in South Korea.

February 1989: Kikugor˘ plays for the first time, at the Kabukiza, the role of S˘gor˘ in the drama " Sakanaya S˘gor˘ ".

March 1991: Kikugor˘ plays for the first time, at the Misonoza (Nagoya), the role of Goroz˘ in the drama "Gosho no Goroz˘".

November 1992: 3 generations of actors belonging to the Otowaya guild, (Baik˘ VII, Kikugor˘ and Ushinosuke) perform together at the Kabukiza in the dance "Sannin D˘j˘ji".

May 1994: Kikugor˘ plays for the first time, at the Kabukiza, the role of the wicked hair-dresser Shinza in the drama "Kamiyui Shinza".

November 1995: Kikugor˘ plays for the first time, at the Kabukiza, the role of Ch˘bei in the drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi".

February 1997: the Kabukiza celebrates the 2nd anniversary (3rd memorial service) of the deaths of Onoe Baik˘ VII; Kikugor˘ plays the roles of Yoshitsune, Tonase and Yasuna in "Kanjinch˘", "Yamashina Kankyo" and "Yasuna".

October 1999: Kikugor˘ plays for the first time the role of Tenjiku Tokubei in the drama "Oto ni Kiku Tenjiku Tokubei", which is staged at the National Theatre. Tokubei is a role which belongs to the Otowaya guild. It was performed for the first time by Onoe Matsusuke I in the 7th lunar month of 1804.

March 2000: an amazing threesome at the Kabukiza for the performance of "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". Kikugor˘ plays the role of Sakuramaru, with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ in the roles of Ume˘maru and Matsu˘maru.

December 2000: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Tomioka Koi no Yamabiraki", which has not been staged for 77 years; Kikugor˘ plays the role of Tamaya Shimbei.

15 December 2000: Kikugor˘ joins the prestigious Japan Art Academy (Nihon Geijutsuin).

March 2001: Kikugor˘ plays at the Shimbashi Embuj˘ the roles of En'ya Hangan and Hayano Kampei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is staged by the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan to commemorate the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) and the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the deaths of late Onoe Sh˘roku II and Onoe Baik˘ VII.

January 2002: the National Theatre produces the revival of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Koharunagi Okitsu Shiranami", which has not been played in its full length since 11th lunar month of 1864; Kikugor˘ plays the role of the wizard and thief Kogitsune Reizabur˘ [casting].

June 2003: Kikugor˘ receives the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (ningen kokuh˘ in Japanese).

January 2008: revival at the National Theatre of Sakurada Jisuke I's kaomise drama "Komachi-mura Shibai no Sh˘gatsu"; Kikugor˘ plays the roles of ďtomo no Kuronushi, Fukakusa no Sh˘sh˘ and Yanagihara Goromata [more details].

March 2009: Kabuki adaptation by the famous stage director Ninagawa Yukio of Shakespeareĺs "Twelfth Night", which is entitled "Ninagawa Jűniya", from the 24th to the 28th of March 2009 in London (UK) at the Barbican Theater; Kikugor˘ plays the roles of Maruo B˘dayű (Malvolio) and Sutesuke (Feste) [more details]. The same play is staged with the same casting in June 2009 at the Shimbashi Embuj˘ and in July 2009 at the Sh˘chikuza.

Comments:

Onoe Kikugor˘ VII is an amazing kaneru yakusha, one of the best and popular contemporary actors.

"Kikugor˘ VII benefits from a combination of good looks and physical strength that allows him to perform equally well men and women. He can shine as both Otomi and Yosabur˘ in "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi", or play either Sukeroku or Agemaki in "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura", a feat few others can match." (Samuel Leiter in "New Kabuki Encyclopedia")

It is said that Onoe Kikugor˘ will give his name to his son Kikunosuke in the future to come and will take the name of Onoe Baik˘ VIII.

His wife is the famous movie actress Fuji Junko.

Onoe Kikugor˘ VII playing the role of Tatsugor˘ in the drama "Megumi no Kenka" in an illustration made by Sugimura Yoshikazu (1962~1998)

Print made by Tsuruya K˘kei in 1990

The Onoe Ushinosuke line of actors

The Onoe Kikunosuke line of actors

The Onoe Kikugor˘ line of actors

 
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