|KATAOKA NIZAEMON XV|
Kataoka Nizaemon XV
Real name: Kataoka Takao
Line number: J█GODAIME (XV)
Birthday: 14 March 1944
Great-great-grandfather: Nakamura Karoku I
Great-grandfather: Kataoka Nizaemon VIII
Grandfather: Kataoka Nizaemon XI
Father: Kataoka Nizaemon XIII
Son: Kataoka Takatar˘
Grandson: Kataoka Sennosuke
November 1966: opening ceremony of the National Theatre in T˘ky˘ with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in which Takao plays the role of prince Tokiyo [casting].
Summer 1985: tour in the USA; Takao plays the roles of Kamo no Jir˘, Yoemon and Gonsuke/Seigen in "Shibaraku", "Kasane" and "Sakurahime Azuma Bunsh˘", which celebrate the shűmei in the USA of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII [more details].
June 1986: Takao and Band˘ Tamasabur˘, a very popular and successful duo, play together in Paris (France) in the classic "Narukami"; Takao plays the role of Narukami and Band˘ Tamasabur˘ the one of princess Taema.
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 Shinbashi Enbuj˘; Takao plays the roles of Tomoz˘ and Hagiwara Shinzabur˘ [casting].
December 1992 ~ December 1993: a serious illness prevents Takao from performing for a year.
February 1998: Nizaemon celebrates his second month of shűmei at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane and Sukeroku in the dramas "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" (Kumagai Jin'ya) and "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Hatsuzakura".
May 1998: Nizaemon celebrates his second month of shűmei at the Sh˘chikuza, playing the roles of Fukuoka Mitsugi and Sukeroku in the plays "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba" and "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Hatsuzakura".
December 1998: Nizaemon celebrates his shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, playing the roles of Fujiya Izaemon and Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane in the dramas "Kuruwa Bunsh˘" and "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" (Kumagai Jin'ya).
15 December 2006: Nizaemon joins the prestigious Japan Art Academy (Nihon Geijutsuin).
October 2014: the October Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza commemorates 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].
July 2015: Nizaemon receives the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).
The Kataoka Nizaemon line of actors
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