|ONOE KIKUGORď VII|
Real name: Terashima Hideyuki
Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)
Birthday: 2 October 1942
Father: Onoe Baik˘ VII
Son: Onoe Kikunosuke V
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.
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).
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].
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˘").
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".
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˘.
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.
September 1988: tour in South Korea.
March 1991: Kikugor˘ plays for the first time, at the Misonoza (Nagoya), the role of Goroz˘ in the drama "Gosho no Goroz˘".
November 1995: Kikugor˘ plays for the first time, at the Kabukiza, the role of Ch˘bŕ 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 Tokubŕ in the drama "Oto ni Kiku Tenjiku Tokubŕ", which is staged at the National Theatre. Tokubŕ 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.
15 December 2000: Kikugor˘ joins the prestigious Japan Art Academy (Nihon Geijutsuin).
March 2001: Kikugor˘ plays at the Shinbashi Embuj˘ the roles of En'ya Hangan and Hayano Kanpei 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 Shinbashi Embuj˘ and in July 2009 at the Sh˘chikuza.
January 2014: premiere at the National Theatre of "Sanzen Ry˘ Haru no Komahiki", a revival of Tatsuoka Mansaku's 1794 drama "Keisei Haru no Tori"; Kikugor˘ plays the role of Oda Sanshichir˘ Nobutaka [more details].
November 2014: the Annual Festive Face-Showing Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza commemorates the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of the passing away of Matsumoto Haku˘. His two sons, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ and Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, are the zagashira [more details].
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.
The Onoe Ushinosuke line of actors
The Onoe Kikunosuke line of actors
The Onoe Kikugor˘ line of actors
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